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Georgia Southern Theatre presents 'Race; a Play'
Show spotlights racial tension
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Accused of committing a crime against an African-American woman, defendant Jack Lawson, portrayed by Whitacker Gardner, bottom center, gets chewed out by his attorneys Henry (V. Akil Jackson), left, Jack, right, and Susan (Tatyana Arrington) as they prepare for trial during a scene from Georgia Southern University's production of "Race; A Play" at the Black Box Theatre. The play by David Mamet examines the issues of race and perception and the production seeks to generate discussion from the audience. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

The Theatre & Performance program at Georgia Southern University kicks off its 2014-2015 season Wednesday with David Mamet's "Race; a Play" in the Center for Art & Theatre's Black Box Theatre.

"Race" explores the tension between perception and intent when a law firm of three attorneys, two black and one white, defend a white man charged with a crime against a black woman. Thought-provoking and challenging, the play raises questions about how each of us perceives race in today's world and will leave audiences with more questions than answers. Because of adult subject matter and strong language, the play is recommended for mature audiences.

Post-show discussions will be moderated by sociologist Dr. Nathan Palmer and will be held following the performances on Thursday, Friday and Oct. 1. Students can attend any performance and come back for the post-show discussion.

Theatre & Performance audiences will recognize actors Whitaker Gardner and Tatyana Arrington from last year's production of "Hamlet," when they were matched against each other as Claudius and Gertrude. New to the Black Box stage are actors V. Akil Jackson and Harry Hudgins, who round out the cast. Student designers complete the production team, with Lawrence Hancock as scenic designer and Loren "Zo" Haynes overseeing costumes and lighting design.

"Race; a Play" opens Wednesday and runs daily through Oct. 1. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., except for a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday. Running time is without intermission and approximately 75 minutes.

Student and youth tickets are $5; faculty, staff and community tickets are $10. All seating is general admission. The house opens at 7 p.m., and audience members are encouraged to arrive no later than 7:15 p.m. to ensure good seats. The balcony will serve as overflow seating.

Call the box office at (912) 478-5379 to make reservations. Reservation requests can be left on box office voice mail 24 hours a day. The box office is open 3-5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday for ticket purchases and reopens at 6 p.m. on performance days.

 

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