Sirius Entertainment and Without Décor, a new theatre initiative created by local playwright Robert Caisley, will present multi award-winning playwright David Mamet’s controversial play Race on November 6 and 7 at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre.
Without Décor produces a quarterly series of script-in-hand readings of new works for the American theatre, as well as contemporary classics. These performances are intended to highlight the work of new writers, engage the community in dialogue over provocative subject matter, and provide fundraising opportunities for allied arts organization (last year Caisley produced Yasmina Reza’s ‘Art’ as a fundraiser for the Prichard Art Gallery, and this January he will produce John Logan’s Pulitzer Prize-winner Red about the artist Mark Rothko.)
‘Without décor’ is a British term used to describe simple, unadorned readings that focus the audience's attention on the script, the story, the playwright's words. The rest exists in the audience's imagination. “We do not invest our limited budget in sets or costumes or the other typical trappings of production--we invest our resources in the professional artists we bring to town for these event--writers, directors and the actors who bring the story to life using only the spoken word,” said series founder and producer Robert Caisley.
Without Décor’s inaugural season premiered with a reading of Caisley’s own hit play Lucky Me, which has gone on to productions all over the United States and is now published by Samuel French, Inc. Up next is David Mamet’s controversial but ultimately thought-provoking play about the lies we tell ourselves in America about the issue of race. Part taut court-room drama, part play of ideas, nobody is able to turn the spotlight on the hot-button topics of the day quite like Mamet. Race focuses on two lawyers—one white and one black—and the wealthy white business leader they find themselves defending after he is accused of raping a young black woman in a hotel room. This simple premise erupts into a volcanic debate about the nature of the law and prejudice itself.
Tickets for the Without Décor reading of Race are on sale at BookPeople of Moscow. They are offered at a suggested donation of $20.00. Race is a drama with adult themes and language. The doors will open at 7 p.m. for light refreshments and wine November 6 and 7, with the reading beginning at 7:30 p.m