Race: James Spader to make his Broadway debut in new David Mamet play

Film and TV actor James Spader is to make his Broadway debut when he stars in the world premiere of Race, written and directed by David Mamet, opening at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on 6 Dec 2009, following previews from 17 Nov 2009.

James Spader most recently received his third Emmy Award for his portrayal of lawyer 'Alan Shore' on ABC�s drama 'Boston Legal.' His numerous film credits include Steven Soderbergh�s 'Sex, Lies, and Videotape,' for which he received the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. 'Secretary,' opposite Maggie Gyllenhall; David Cronenberg�s 'Crash,' opposite Holly Hunter; Mike Nichols� 'Wolf,' opposite Jack Nicholson; 'Bob Roberts,' 'Wall Street,' and 'Less than Zero,' among many others. He co-stars in Robert Rodriguez�s film 'Shorts,' to be released late this summer.

Race will feature scenic design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Paul Tazewell and lighting design by Brian MacDevitt.

There has still been no announcement about the play's synopsis.

Mamet�s staging credits include the world premieres of his plays 'Oleanna,' 'The Cryptogram,' 'Boston Marriage,' and 'Faustus,' as well as 'Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants' and 'Ricky Jay: On the Stem,' and various productions for the Atlantic Theater Company and Circle Rep.

For motion pictures, he has previously written and directed 'Redbelt,' 'Spartan,' 'Heist,' 'State 'and 'Main, Catastrophe,' 'The Winslow Boy,' 'The Spanish Prisoner,' 'Oleanna,' 'Homicide,' 'Things Change,' and 'House of Games.' For television, he has directed numerous episodes of his CBS series 'The Unit,' for which he also is creator and executive producer.

Mamet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for 'Glengarry Glen Ross,' has also written 'Sexual Perversity in Chicago,' 'Lakeboat,' 'The Water Engine,' 'The Duck Variations,' 'Reunion,' 'The Blue Hour,' 'The Shawl,' 'Bobby Gould in Hell,' 'Edmond,' 'Romance,' 'The Old Neighborhood 'and the recent adaptation of 'The Voysey Inheritance.'

A two-time Academy Award nominee for 'The Verdict' and 'Wag the Dog,' Mamet�s additional film credits include 'The Postman Always Rings Twice,' 'The Untouchables,' 'Hoffa,' 'Ronin,' 'The Edge' and 'We�re No Angels.' His nonfiction work includes 'The Wicked Son,' 'True and False,' and 'Bambi vs. Godzilla.'

He is a member of New York�s Atlantic Theater Company, which he founded in 1985 with William H. Macy.

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