by David Mamet
directed by Jackie Davis
The Julie Harris Stage | June 7 – 28 | Previews June 5 and 6
As two lawyers struggle to defend a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman they quickly discover that present-day racial and gender politics are as complex as the case in front of them. When a young lawyer joins the case the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface.
“Scalpel-edged intelligence!” – The New York Times
JOHNNY LEE DAVENPORT*
Johnny Lee Davenport is making his WHAT debut in RACE. Off Broadway: White People Christmas (Cherry Lane Theatre); Revolutionary Moments (The Century Association); the title role in Gilgamesh (the 92nd Street Y); Maiden Lane. Boston Area: Black Odyssey Boston (The Front Porch Arts Collective), THURGOOD, The Whipping Man, and A house with No Walls (New Repertory Theatre), Akeelah and the bee, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Little Mermaid (Wheelock Family Theater), Bootycandy (Speakeasy Stage), Beowulf (Poets’ Theater) Walking the Tightrope and The Unbleached American (Stoneham Theatre), Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labours’ Lost and Hamlet (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Invisible Vengeance is the Lord’s (Huntington Theatre) Water by the spoonful, Broke-ology (Lyric Stage Company and BroadwayWorld Boston Award), Neighbors (company One, BroadwayWorld Boston Award), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It (Commonwealth Shakespeare), A Raisin in the Sun, Richard III (Trinity Rep). Film and TV: Empire, Joy, Ascendants Ted, Law & Order, The Fugitive, US Marshals, Chain Reaction, The Package, and The Blues Brothers.
John Kooi previously appeared in WHAT’s productions of Danny Casolaro Died For You and Romance. Boston area credits include the IRNE Award winning Operation Epsilon (Nora Theatre Company); A Moon for the Misbegotten, Dinah Was, Betrayal, and As You Like It (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Memorial, Back The Night, Uncle Jack and The Company We Keep (Boston Playwrights Theatre); Rancho Mirage (New Repertory Theatre) and Hamlet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Among his New York credits are Othello (John Montgomery Theatre Company); Twelfth Night (The Actors’ Company Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (Metropolitan Playhouse of New York). Regionally, John has appeared in Yankee Tavern, The Little Foxes and Clybourne Park (New Century Theatre); The Glass Menagerie, The Woman In Black, The Immigrant and I Hate Hamlet (Shadowland Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (The Cleveland Orchestra); Life x3 (Gulfshore Playhouse); Beyond Therapy (Long Beach Playhouse) and Much Ado About Nothing (Pasadena Shakespeare Company). His film and television work includes Stronger, Labor Day and Sins of the Preacher.
Bill Mootos is a stage and film actor based in Boston. Recent credits include THE LITTLE FOXES at Lyric Stage in Boston, THE SALONIERRES at Greater Boston Stage Company, MOTHERS AND SONS at Shakespeare & Company, and ANTONY & CLEOPATRA with Concert Theatre Works. He has performed on stages throughout the Northeast, including New Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Gloucester Stage, Central Square Theatre, The Gamm Theatre, Boston Playwrights Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Sierra Rep, and many others. Some of his past Shakespearean roles include Marc Antony in JULIUS CAESAR, Benedick in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Ross in MACBETH, both Antipholi in THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, and Catesby in RICHARD III. Films include LITTLE WOMEN, DADDY’S HOME 2, CHAPPAQUIDDICK, THE COMPANY MEN, and THE MAKEOVER, among others. He has served in Union leadership in the Screen Actors Guild and AEA since 2003, and serves on the National Board of SAG-AFTRA.
TYRA ANN-MARIE WILSON
Tyra Ann-Marie Wilson is a performer from Bonaire, Georgia. This is her first time working at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. She graduated Georgia Southern University in Spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a minor in Business Administration. She went on to spend a season in the Artistic office at Trinity Repertory Company as their intern. She is also a stand-up comedian with two finished one hour shows called Let’s Talk About It and Stuck: The Shitty Sequel. Her major acting credits include The Baker’s Wife, Into the Woods; The Angel Gabriel, The Mysteries: Creation; Orgon, The Game of Love and Chance; Lucy, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown; Frau Blucher, Young Frankenstein.
David Mamet is an American playwright, film director, screenwriter and author. He won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for his plays Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). He first gained critical acclaim for a trio of off-Broadway 70s plays: The Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and American Buffalo. His plays Race and The Penitent, respectively, opened on Broadway in 2009 and previewed off-Broadway in 2017. (Wikipedia)
Jackie Davis is thrilled to be asked to return to WHAT in the role of director, having appeared previously as Dianne in WHAT’s 2017 production of The Empaths. Notable directing credits included Ruined, Hairspray, and For Colored Girls Who Consider Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Jackie lives in Providence, RI, and is a teaching artist for Trinity Repertory Company’s Education Department and a Master Teacher for their Young Artist Summer Intensive where she teaches Directing, Hip-Hop and Movement for the Actor. She is the founding artistic director of Boston, MA, New Urban Theater Laboratory, where she produced and directed five years of new works, including Gift of an Orange- a well-received production hosted by the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. Jackie is involved in all three disciples, theater, television and film. She is currently on stage in Trinity Repertory Company’s production of Marisol. Upcoming film work includes her role as abolitionist, Susan Robbins in Colombia Pictures’ Little Women in movies theaters this Christmas. Jackie is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.
“Mamet’s play about race becomes a play about sexual politics. At the same time, in classic Mamet style, the play isn’t so much about either of those things as it is about how people talk about those things.”
Let’s Talk About Talking About Race – Rebecca Alvin, Provincetown Magazine
“WHAT delivers a tour de force of social commentary that leaves the audience thinking… the goal, after all, of great theatre.” Ptownie
“a professional, engaging production to kick off what promises to be an intriguing and ambitious 35th season.” Cape Cod Times
“David Mamet’s 2009 play Race doesn’t waste time sidestepping difficult topics….Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater is celebrating its 35th year of thought-provoking theater, and the razor-edged play Race is another jewel in their crown.” Cape Cod Chronicle
“David Mamet, the trickster street poet of the American theater, lover of nihilistic power games, takes on the guilt of all these sins in his play Race…. But the language of Mamet — the brilliant rhythms of his dialogue — reaches further than that. In the play, through his characters, Mamet contemplates the nature of trust and belief: in the truth and in each other. Ten years after it was written, nothing could be more apropos.” Provincetown Banner