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16 Jan 2011

See David Mamet’s ‘Race’ and then talk about it

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January 16, 2011 Category: Oasis Posted by:

Philadelphia Theatre Company hosts a ‘Dialogue About Race’ on Monday, January 31 at 7:00 PM at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets). This special event will be a co-sponsorship with WHYY, The Penn Project for Civic Engagement and NewCORE (the New Conversation on Race and Ethnicity). The evening will be a moderated discussion about Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Philadelphia premiere of David Mamet’s provocative new play Race and the role of race in our daily lives.


Admission to this special ‘Dialogue About Race’ is free but reservations are required by calling the Philadelphia Theatre Company Box Office at 215-985-0420. Attendees must have seen the Philadelphia Theatre Company production of Race before January 31 in order to participate.


Pulitzer Prize Award-winning playwright and Tony nominee David Mamet tackles the biggest four-letter word of all… race! Two lawyers, one black one white, are offered the chance to defend a wealthy executive charged with a shocking crime against a young black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved, emotions bubbling just beneath the surface explode! Race is running January 21 through February 13.


“In his speech at the National Constitution Center, then candidate Barack Obama called for a national conversation on race and ethnicity as a way of moving ‘toward a more perfect union’,” said PTC’s Producing Artistic Director Sara Garonzik. “We are very excited to be collaborating with WHYY, The Penn Project for Civic Engagement and NewCORE as we take the opportunity of this production to contextualize the play for a broader community conversation.”



Previews for Race begin Friday, January 21 with opening night on Wednesday, January 26. Performances run Tuesday through Sunday until February 13. Tickets are $25 -$59, with discounts for students, seniors and groups. Tickets are available by calling the PTC Box Office at 215-985-0420 or visiting


The New Conversation on Race and Ethnicity (NewCORE) is a diverse organization established in the autumn of 2008 by Palmer Theological Seminary in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, Mayor’s Office of Faith Based Initiatives.


The Penn Project for Civic Engagement (PPCE) helps people identify and address problems in their community or organization. PPCE works with community organizations, government agencies and businesses to plan, conduct and report conversations about important issues, and to create insights and solutions for those issues


Founded in 1974, Philadelphia Theatre Company is a leading regional theater company whose mission is to produce, develop and present entertaining and imaginative contemporary theater focused on the American experience that both ignites the intellect and touches the soul. By developing new work through commissions, readings and workshops PTC generates projects that have a national impact and reach broad regional audiences. Under the leadership of Sara Garonzik as PTC’s Producing Artistic Director since 1982, PTC supports the work of a growing body of diverse dramatists and takes pride in being a home to scores of nationally recognized artists who have participated in more than 130 world and Philadelphia premieres.


PTC has received 45 Barrymore Awards and 147 nominations. In October 2007, PTC moved into a home of its own, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Center City Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, solidifying the Company’s status as a major player on the American theater scene. In October 2010, Kathleen Nolan joined PTC as its Interim Managing Director.

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