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David Mamet’s 'Race' examines truth vs. lies in Black vs. White case

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Stereotypes and misconceptions take center stage at The Living Room’s new production, “Race,” opening March 26 and running through April 13, with the David Mamet drama set to question and push the boundaries.

Director Rusty Sneary said that the issue of race generally deals with stereotypes from opposing sides of the situation. Mamet’s play will put those ideas under a microscope to help establish truth.

“Race” takes place in the offices of Lawson and Brown, a law firm that consists of Jack Lawson, a white man in his forties; Henry Brown, a black man in his forties; and Susan, a black woman in her twenties. Charles Strickland, a wealthy white man of some fame, comes to their office seeking legal representation because he has been falsely accused of a committing a crime against a black. Cornered into taking the case, the lawyers are forced to navigate the waters of race, wealth, truth, and deception, a spokesman for The Living Room said.

Sneary’s telling of the Mamet drama looks at perception verses reality in the aspect of how different ethnicities perceive others. Finding the truth somehow gets lost in stereotypes and misconceptions, he said.

The show features a local cast of: Forrest Attaway, Damron Russel Armstrong, Chioma Anyanwu, and Tim Ahlenius. The creative, led by Sneary includes: technical director, Mark Hambrecht; lighting designer, John "Moose" Kimball; sound designer, Joseph Concha; properties designer, Shawnna Journagan; costume designer, Aaron Chvatal; stage manager, Neil Andes; assistant stage manager, Janet Reines; dramaturg; Robert Fletcher.

A truly unique setting, The Living Room contains a collection of couches, end tables, and other vintage chairs for the comfort of guests. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain time so guests may partake of popcorn, drinks, and snacks. Shows runs March 26- April 13, at 8p.m.(no shows on Tuesdays). The theatre is handicap accessible. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thelivingroomkc.com or call 816.533.5857. Student and group discounts available.

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