Jun 01 2011 / Race

Race

By David Mamet

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Extended! May 10 – Jun. 3, 2012

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse
Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Race is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, as well as the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.

Cast & Crew Media Patron Reviews Season

“Jobsite Theater does a fine job keeping pace with David Mamet’s latest brain-buster … the dialogue is armed and dangerous.” – Tampa Tribune

“a postmodern, stimulating dramatic riff … Race shows the master on his best behavior again: shocking, obscene, but all in the service of a true vision. If you follow the play attentively, you’ll find yourself on one wild, at times thrilling ride.” – Creative Loafing

“an enthralling production.” – Tampa Bay Times

Jobsite Theater tackles America’s most controversial topic in this provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations.

(L-R) Ned-Averill-Snell, "ranney", Paul Potenza and Tia Jemison in Jobsite's Race. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)“There is intrigue within intrigue, showing how personal prejudice and individual missteps govern the course of things … adroitly mixes comic darts with tragic arrows.” – Bloomberg News

Two lawyers (“ranney” and Paul Potenza) find themselves defending a wealthy white executive (Ned Averill-Snell) charged with raping a black woman. When a new legal assistant (Tia Jemison) gets involved in the case, opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface.

When David Mamet turns the spotlight on what we think but can’t say, dangerous truths are revealed, and no punches are spared.

“Scapel-edged intelligence.” – New York Times

“Provocative and profane.” – NY-1

The Chicago Tribune says that Mamet’s new play “argues, everything in America — and this play throws sex, rape, the law, employment and relationships into its 90 minutes of stage wrangling — is still about race.” Do we living in a “postracist” society? What gets erased or ignored when we claim that we’re “past” race, or in fact any issue of difference? Come be a part of the conversation!

WARNING

Race contains adult language and subject matter and is intended for an adult audience.

Special Event

We’re excited to host a public forum on Sun., May 13 after the 4pm performance of Race. This panel on race relations in America will include Dr. Abraham Khan (USF Depts. of Communication, Africana Studies), noted author and professor Dr. Roy Kaplan, Alisha Menzies (USF Dept. of Communication) and director David M. Jenkins. This talkback is made possible in part by a grant from the Communication for Social Change reviewer’s award, Community Research Alliance.

Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director

Cast

  • Ned Averill-Snell – Charles
  • Tia Jemison – Susan
  • Paul J. Potenza – Jack
  • “ranney” – Henry
  • Matthew Ray – Stage Manager

Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
  • Greg Newcomb – Poster Artist
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic and Lighting Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer
ned-averill-snell

Ned Averill-Snell

American Buffalo, Beauty Queen, Boys Next Door, Fahrenheit 451, Inventing Van Gogh, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Much Ado About Nothing, Race, The Lonesome West

Tia Jemison

Tia Q. Jemison

Einstein's Dreams, Race, Reverse Reverse, Short Comings 2009, Taming of the Shrew

David Jenkins

David M. Jenkins

America abridged, Artistic Associates, Baby Makes Seven, Beauty Queen, Bible abridged, Bloody Poetry, Books abridged, boom, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Eleemosynary, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Frankie and Johnny, Girl's Guide, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Pillowman, Playing With Fire, Quills, Race, Reasons to be Pretty, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Lonesome West, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

Paul Potenza

Paul J. Potenza

All New People, American Buffalo, Artistic Associates, Beauty Queen, Blackbird, Boys Next Door, Dracula, Frankie and Johnny, Pillowman, Rabbit Hole, Race, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, subUrbia, The Guys, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, Topdog Underdog

"ranney"

“ranney”

Artistic Associates, Boys Next Door, Maxwell, Race, Topdog Underdog

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Matthew Ray

All New People, Behind the Gates, Chapel Perilous, Closetland, Crimes of the Heart, Einstein's Dreams, Fahrenheit 451, Gorey Stories 2012, Hay Fever, Hedwig, Hound of the Baskervilles, Inventing Van Gogh, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Race, Reasons to be Pretty, Return to the Forbidden Planet, The Lonesome West, WHWQIC

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Brian M. Smallheer

Acropolis, All New People, American Buffalo, Artistic Associates, Beauty Queen, boom, Boys Next Door, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Frankie and Johnny, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Inventing Van Gogh, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Phyro-Giants!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pillowman, Quills, Rabbit Hole, Race, Reasons to be Pretty, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, Serpent, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Guys, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, This is How it Goes, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Titus Andronicus, Topdog Underdog, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

Katrina Stevenson

Katrina Stevenson

Acropolis, America abridged, Artistic Associates, Baby Makes Seven, Bible abridged, Blackbird, Bloody Poetry, Books abridged, Boston Marriage, Chapel Perilous, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Crimes of the Heart, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Girl's Guide, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Phyro-Giants!, Playing With Fire, Quills, Rabbit Hole, Race, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

Media

Gallery

(L-R) Ned-Averill-Snell, "ranney", Paul Potenza and Tia Jemison in Jobsite's Race. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

Paul Potenza and "ranney" in Jobsite's Race. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

Tia Jemison and Paul Potenza in Jobsite's Race. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

(L-R) Paul Potenza, Ned-Averill-Snell and "ranney" in Jobsite's Race. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

Previews

David Mamet’s RaceCreative Loafing

Jobsite’s Race play is a conversation starter – Tampa Tribune

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Patron Reviews

“The show brought on about 30 minutes of discussion between my son and I on our hour’s drive back home. Thank you very much for a great performance!” – Holly Kirchman

Via Facebook

Saw @jobsitetheater’s production of “Race” tonight with @thatboyrion. SOOOO solid. Mamet can be easily screwed up. They were awesome. – Melowsh

If you are in Tampa – see @jobsitetheater do Race by Mamet. You will be glad you did. #supportlocaltheater #itkicksass – @flsquirrel

Go see Jobsite Theater’s Race. You will not be disappointed. – @missspot

Saw @jobsitetheater’s production of RACE last night… very powerful! Even though I’m not a Mamet fan, we thoroughly enjoyed it! – @ChristenP

Saw yet another great play at the Straz from @jobsitetheater called Race. Always a great show, and the best theater value in Tampa. Bravo. – @DaveMagliano

Via Facebook

I know you’ve heard me rave about Jobsite before, but this play is a MUST see!! – Mayra Calo

BRAVO!!! The play was masterfully directed, the actors were great, and the script is now my favorite Mamet – did not feel like a play at all. – Mariaelena Bartesaghi

Fantastic show! Loved every minute of it! – Joey Weeks

Enjoyed Jobsite Theater’s Race last night. The actors were fabulous, awesome set and really makes you think. Go check this out. – Kim Smallheer

RACE was AWESOME! Those dudes can put on a killer show. Go watch it! – Rhapsody Drehs

As anticipated, RACE last night was thought-provoking and witty. The show moves, too. Although I would have gladly stayed for a longer evening of such compelling drama, I always appreciate when a play leaves me eager to ponder the ideas it presented, instead of exhausted from struggling to endure hours of prolonged posturing without a premise. – Susan Stone-Lawrence

Easily one of the best Jobsite productions I’ve seen in a long time. Well f-ing done! – Shawn Paonessa

Went to see David Mamet’s Race at Jobsite Theater today. Highly recommend it if you have a chance to go. The post show discussion was thought provoking, I may have to blog about it after I let it settle in a bit. – Kristin Lohr

Fantastic show! Loved every minute of it! Great job cast and crew of Race! – Joey Weeks

Really great show. One of the best I’ve seen at Jobsite. Congrats to everyone involved. – Kerry Glamsch

Truly great theater is happening at The Straz’s Shimberg theater, Jobsite’s production of David Mamet’s Race. Thought provoking and in your face! See this! – Beth Hood

Do not miss this play. I was so impressed with the characters and the impact this play had on me and the audience. – Jenny Lind Olin

Go see Race, it runs two more weeks. It is one of Jobsite’s top productions, ascending to the heights of Embedded and The Goat. Also their best production of a Mamet play.” – David Hood

Congratulations, Jobsite! The cast did a remarkable job of presenting this complicated play. Thanks for your contest, but mostly, thank you for presenting a play which asks questions about the state of racial relationships in America without preachiness or simple answers. A great night of theater. – Rick Stutzel

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