We’ve begun previews for RACE by David Mamet. We’ve had two preview audiences–more young people, more diversity, more explosive laughter–than we seem to have ever had. Will the young and diverse audiences continue as we move out of Pay What You Can previews? We’re now moving in to discount previews for the rest of the weekend. This show needs to stay accessible. That’s why we’ll be promoting our $20 RUSH tix for those who want to wait till the last minute and buy at the box office. We’ve also got our $15 price for 35-and-under (though quantity is limited — still there’s quantity enough). The real point is here: Mamet remains exciting. And in this case, Mamet is speaking credibly to African-American audiences. Mamet is unguarded, bold, full of thoughtful swagger, like he’s always been when at its best. But on the charged subject of Race, in a race-aware town like DC, the effect of Mamet’s plot, language, and character are, is totally liberating. There’s a bracing, freeing quality to the discourse — to the pin-drop tension that’s created and punctuated.
Well, I’m carrying on, rather than simply setting the table for others to chime in. Last night, after preview #2, our actors joined students from UDC and UM, UC, and ND and we have a most intimate and revealing exchange. I’m sure we’ll be reading about the most salient aspects of that talk-back. Looking forward to reading what people thought!