True Colors Theatre Company Presents Atlanta Premiere of David Mamet’s Race


Race at Kenny Leon's True Colors TheatreKenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company are proud to announce the upcoming Atlanta Premiere of David Mamet’s Race directed by John Dillon.  Race will run from  February 25 through March 23, 2014 at Fulton County’s Southwest Arts Center located at 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30331.

Two high-profile lawyers—one black, one white—are called to defend a wealthy white client charged with the rape of an African American woman, when a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. They quickly find themselves embroiled in a complex case where blatant prejudice is as disturbing as the evidence at hand.

In the newest work by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of American Buffalo and GlenGarry Glen Ross, Mamet leaves nothing unsaid in this no-holds-barred suspense story that the Chicago Tribune dubbed “intellectually salacious.”

The Cast includes Andrew Benator, Neal Ghant, Tiffany Hobbs, and Ric Reitz. The Design Team includes Set by Kat Conley, Costumes by Sydney Roberts, Lights by Mike Post, Sound Design by Johanna Melamed.

Tickets and information can be found at  

February 25 through March 23, 2014
Performances are Wednesday to Saturday at 8 and Saturday to Sunday at 2:30
Weekday Matinee: March 5, 2014 at11 a.m.
Venue: Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30331

TICKETS: $15 -$50

Tickets are available by contacting Ticket Alternative @ 1.877.725.8849 or or through the True Colors website @

Group Sales for groups of 10 or more are available by contacting True Colors’ Group Sales department at 404.532.1901.


DAVID MAMET is the author of the plays: Race, Keep Your Pantheon, School, November, Romance, Boston Marriage, Faustus, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award), American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life in the Theatre, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Woods, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Reunion and The Cryptogram (1995 Obie Award). His translations and adaptations include: Faustus and Red River by Pierre Laville; and The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov. His films include: The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Verdict, The Untouchables, House of Games (writer/director),  Oleanna (writer/director), Homicide (writer/director), The Spanish Prisoner (writer/director), Heist (writer/director), Spartan (writer/director) and Redbelt (writer/director). Mr. Mamet is also the author of: Warm and Cold, a book for children with drawings by Donald Sultan, and two other children’s books, Passover and The Duck and the Goat; Writing in Restaurants, Some Freaks, and Make-Believe Town, three volumes of essays; The Hero Pony andThe China Man, a book of poems; Three Children’s Plays, On Directing Film, The Cabin, and the novels The Village, The Old Religion and Wilson. His most recent books include the acting books, True & False and Three Uses of the Knife. Glengarry Glen Ross was awarded the Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Play in 2005.


JOHN DILLON has staged productions at leading theaters in England, Russia, Egypt and Japan and has directed new works by such noted playwrights as David Mamet, Romulus Linney, Larry Shue, Ariel Dorfman, Y York, Israel Horovitz, Joanna Glass, David Rambo, Anthony Clarvoe and Amlin Gray. He’s worked at over two dozen of the country’s leading regional theaters, including the Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Syracuse Stage, Georgia Shakespeare, Chapel Hill’s PlayMakers Rep, the Missouri Rep, D.C.’s Arena Stage, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, New Haven’s Long Wharf, Seattle’s ACT Theatre, the Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Berkeley Rep, Portland’s Artist Repertory Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (where his staging of WIT won him a BackstageWest Garland Award). Although he makes his home in Seattle, John is also the Associate Director of Tokyo’s Institute of Dramatic Arts, where his productions have twice won Japan’s highest theater award. He’s the Founding President of Theatre Puget Sound and he’s a core member of Seattle’s Endangered Species Project. From 1977 to 1993 he was the Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and during his time there launched a number of innovative exchanges with theater companies in Mexico, Russia, Ireland, Chile, Japan and England. From 2004 to 2010 he served as the director of the theatre program at Sarah Lawrence College and he works regularly as a guest artist at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts. Dillon is a fellow in the College of Fellows of the American Theatre and a member of the National Theatre Conference. He is a Danforth and Woodrow Wilson fellow with graduate degrees in theater from Columbia and Northwestern Universities. Oh yes, and he had a burger named after him at a restaurant in Baltimore .

CAST in Alphabetical Order

ANDREW BENATOR (Jack Lawson) Atlanta Theater Credits: Vera Stark, Good People, August: Osage County, Eurydice, Tennis In Nablus, A Christmas Carol (Alliance Theatre); Seminar, Becky Shaw (Actor’s Express); Young Man From Atlanta, Freud’s Last Session (Theatrical Outfit); The Tempest (Georgia Shakespeare); Boeing, Boeing (Aurora Theatre); The Ladies Man(Theater in the Square). Off-Broadway:Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight,ValparaisoFlu Season. Regional: Hartford TheaterWorks, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Sacramento’s B St. Theater, San Jose Rep, San Francisco’s Magic Theater.  Film & TV: “Burn Notice”, “House of Payne”, “Meet the Browns”, Quarantine 2, Game Six, The Good Student, Almanac, and the upcoming films Last of Robin Hood with Kevin Kline, and Million Dollar Arm with Jon Hamm.

NEAL GHANT (Henry Brown) Regional credits include: Glenn Gary Glenn RossA Christmas CarolShakespeare’s R&J (Alliance Theatre); Bus StopA Life in the TheatreTradin’ Paint (Theatre in the Square); Julius CaesarA Midsummer Nights DreamRomeo and Juliet, and Titus Andronicus (Georgia Shakespeare Festival). Film credits include “Remember the Titans”. He is currently Head Artistic Consultant for Giddeon Games, a company he and a childhood friend have built from the ground up. He also spends many a late weekend night performing hip hop music with his band Phace Oricalz.

TIFFANY HOBBS (Susan) is a member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company at the Dallas Theatre Center, where her acting credits include: A Raisin in the SunClybourne ParkStagger Lee (workshops); CabaretA Christmas Carol. Awards: 2011 San Francisco Broadway World Awards-Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Hairspray) & Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Company); 2011 female Star Project winner (NBC & the American Black Film Festival); LA WebFest’s Outstanding Supporting Actress (Camille Prescott in ‘The Troubadoors’). Other recent roles: Juanita (Blues for Mister Charlie), Berniece (The Piano Lesson). New York Theater: The Burnin’ (The Public Theater).  MFA, SMU.

RIC REITZ (Charles Strickland) is a veteran of thirty-six years in professional show business, Ric has appeared in over 100 national film, television and stage productions. He is thrilled to be making his first appearance with Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater Company. Atlanta area stage credits include: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and Our Town, both for the Theatrical Outfit; The Little Foxes and Turned Funny for Theater in the Square; and featured appearances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, including their annual Fourth of July concerts, The Journey of Sir Douglas Fir and Second Chance Christmas.

DESIGNERS in Alphabetical Order

Kat Conley -Set Designer

Johanna Melamed – Sound Designer

Mike Post – Lighting Designer

Sydney Roberts – Costume Designer

True Colors Theatre Company is a national theatre company based in Atlanta. Founded by Artistic Director Kenny Leon, and Managing Director Jane Bishop, True Colors strives to be an important voice in the American discussion of diversity including plays and playwrights from various times, cultures and perspectives.

True Colors season sponsors include Delta Air Lines, The Kendeda Fund, AT&T, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, Bank of America, Georgia Power, Turner Broadcasting, Georgia Pacific, The Coca-Cola Company, Macy’s, Fifth Third Bank, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Shubert Foundation, WCLK Jazz 91.9, Radio One Atlanta, Atlanta Daily World, Georgia Council for the Arts, the Fulton County Arts Council, the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.