The Ensemble Theatre Presents 'Race' by David Mamet

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HOUSTON, April 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Ensemble Theatre explores prejudice and deception in Race by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet, and directed by Eileen J. Morris.

Opening Night and Media Reception, Thursday, May 9, 2013, 6:30PM

"When comparing race with sex, the truth can never be revealed about the two things," says Mamet.

A high-profile wealthy white businessman is accused of raping a black woman. He seeks counsel from a law firm with an African American partner. The lawyers give their potential client, who claims the sex was consensual, a reality check on the conspiracies of the American legal system, the media, and most of all, Race. But not everything is black and white – or is it?

"The attorneys in this play, like many of us, have been taught what to say to appear as though they don't internally use race as a means for passing judgment on others," says Morris. "We can all relate to the human conditions of shame and guilt against our internal struggle with race."

Featured cast members debuting on The Ensemble Theatre stage include: equity actors Mirron Willis, who first debuted with The Ensemble in Knock Me A Kiss, and Justin Doran. They will be joined by two newcomers: equity actress Joy Brunson and Kevin Daugherty.

This production is recommended for mature audiences due to adult language and profanity.

Previews: May 4, 5, and 8 Show Runs: May 9 – June 2, 2013

Performance Days and Times: Thursdays: 7:30 p.m; Fridays: 8:00 p.m; Saturdays: 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m; and Sundays: 3:00 p.m.

Tickets Available Online: For Information Call: 713-520-0055

Ticket Prices: $12 - $35

The Ensemble Theatre's 2012-2013 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. United Airlines is the exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre. This production is generously sponsored by The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts.

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. Thirty-six years later, the theatre has evolved from a small touring company to one of Houston's finest historical cultural institutions.

The Ensemble is one of a few professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. The oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it holds the distinction of being one of the nation's largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. Board President Emeritus Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensemble's $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to myriad audiences.

CONTACT: Robert Ross (713) 807-4306

Source:The Ensemble Theatre