RACE at J CITY Theatre

Another great show at J CITY Theater in neighboring (you guessed it) Jersey City! Starts this Friday!

NJ Premier of RACE, by David Mamet

On October 7, 2011, J CITY Theater will open their 6th Season with RACE, by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet at The Underground Theater at St. Michael’s in downtown Jersey City. Performances begin at 8pm. Audiences are encouraged to reserve tickets due to limited seating and a limited run. The show is scheduled to close October 22nd. This is the NJ Premier of this script.

RACE, last year’s Broadway hit, is a legal drama / detective story that follows three lawyers who find themselves defending a rich, white businessman accused of a crime against a young African-American woman. Issues of class, shame, sex, gender, guilt and of course race are all provocatively stirred together in classic “Mamet” style. As one of America’s leading playwrights, Mamet is doing what he does best: choosing an incendiary topic and then asking more questions than he answers. Race has the quick banter of Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, the gloves-off approach of his Speed The Plow and provocative subject matter of Oleanna.

As the playwright wrote in a recent essay about his work, “Race, like sex, is a subject on which it is near impossible to tell the truth.” But ‘truth’ is exactly what the court system demands, which makes a perfect conflict for great theater. Audiences are sure to be debating the issues addressed in Race – long after the curtain has fallen.

RACE Reviews – and more about J CITY Theater

  • “Sizzles with Energy”The Wall Street Journal
  • “High Voltage Melodrama”Bloomberg News
  • “Scalpel-Edged Intelligence”The New York Times

“When we learned that David Mamet had agreed to let our company be the NJ Premier of RACE, we were at first over the moon with excitement then scared to death” says J CITY Executive Producer Clay Cockrell. “I think this opportunity is a real testament to the grow and quality of our company. In the end – it’s the same with every script we approach: Tell the story and tell it well.”

Sandy Cockrell, Artistic Director said, “When we started J CITY Theater, our goal was to present cutting edge scripts that would challenge us and our audiences. RACE asks more questions than it answers and for me as a director and an actress, that’s very attractive.”

J CITY Theater is excited to have many Jersey City residents in the cast. Ron Nummi of Liberty Harbor will be playing Charles Strickland, Dianna Lauren Jones of downtown Jersey City will be playing Susan and Sandy Cockrell will be playing Jack Lawson. Rounding out the cast of four is Brian Richardson from New York as Henry Brown.

Lobby Exhibit “Gallery 9” features photographer Noa Griffel

J CITY Theater continues their collaboration with Gallery 9 – transforming their lobby into an exhibition space for local artists. Curated by Hernando Rico Sanchez, the goal of Gallery 9 is to create a show that reflects and speaks to the play being produced.

For RACE, Mr. Sanchez has selected to feature a single artist: Noa Griffel whose work will be displayed in the gallery and on the set. There will be an opening reception with the Artist and Curator on Saturday October 15th, 2pm to 4pm.

J CITY Dinner and a Show packages

J CITY Theater is happy to continue their offerings of “Dinner and A Show” Packages with local restaurants. As in the past, the famed Embankment Restaurant is offering their $30.00 Prix Fixe menu on performance nights and the ever popular Hamilton Inn (Hoboken411 approved) is offering 10% off the entire bill for J CITY audience members!

About J CITY Theater

J CITY Theater (www.jcity.org) is a not-for-profit professional theater company based in Jersey City, New Jersey. Having formed 6 years ago, they now are in residence at St. Michael’s Church on Hamilton Park in downtown Jersey City, just a few blocks from the Holland Tunnel. J CITY Theater continues to garner positive reviews from The New York Times and Star Ledger for the quality of their productions. Recent productions include STATE OF THE UNION by Crouse and Lindsay, last spring’s hit comedy PRIVATE EYES by Steven Dietz, and Peter Nichols’ PASSION. They are also known for their annual holiday show: A TUNA CHRISTMAS and their engaging one act plays (Compression of a Casualty and The Spot) during Hudson County Theater Alliance’s annual One Acts Festival. J CITY Theater’s mission is to create quality, high energy theater that is told with sophisticated simplicity.

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