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"I still love David Mamet" ★★★ (out of 4) - The Globe and Mail

"A relentlessly exciting evening" - National Post


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Apr 7 - May 5, 2013
Bluma Appel Theatre
85 mins, no intermission
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Adrian Lang
& Ash Taylor
and Cheryl & Ed Longo
David Mamet
Daniel Brooks
Strong language, mature subject matter
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Childcare Program

International star Jason Priestley in a sizzling new play by award-winner David Mamet

a canadian stage production

Wealthy white man Charles Strickland is lawyering up: accused of raping a young black woman, he seeks representation from the only firm in town willing to take on such an incendiary case. Fortunately, this firm boasts two ruthless, whip-smart attorneys – one white, one black. Unfortunately, the case exposes much more than a vicious crime. International star Jason Priestley (Call Me Fitz, Beverly Hills 90210) tackles the leading role of shrewd lawyer Jack Lawson in this new Canadian production.

With his trademark crackling wit and shocking dialogue, acclaimed playwright Mamet lays bare both a corrupt legal system and a simmering racial/sexual rage that permeates North American culture, even in a post-Obama world.

Playwright David Mamet's work was first featured by the newly amalgamated Canadian Stage 25 years ago.

Jack Lawson - Jason Priestley
Charles Strickland - Matthew Edison
Susan - Cara Ricketts
Henry Brown - Nigel Shawn Williams

Director - Daniel Brooks
Assistant Director - Owais Lightwala
Set and Costumes - Designer Debra Hanson
Stage Manager - Michael Sinclair
Assistant Stage Manager - Monika Seiler





Professional Exploration 2 - Text Playground: Attacking Mamet
Saturday, April 13, 10 am to 12:30 pm, followed by a 2 pm performance of RACE

Tickets: $20 for the workshop; $40 for workshop and performance ticket. Click here to buy tickets online

Join us for the first session in a series of hands-on learning experiences for educators.
Dive into activities led by professional artists and fellow teachers. Walk away with resources, lesson ideas and usable assessment tools. Then see Mamet’s RACE brought to life at a matinee performance.

With his play RACE, David Mamet brings the audience into a discussion about race in America, a discussion rich in history. The play, having to honour the demands of drama, can only begin a conversation. The following is a short list of readings that may create some context for you, and, if it animates your interest, can lead to other readings which will lead to others. The literature is rich and fascinating, important, and deeply rewarding. – Daniel Brooks, Director

Free childcare during RACE

Bring your kids to the theatre on Sunday, May 5 to enjoy a fun arts workshop while you check out RACE with your friends.

On Sunday, May 5 during the 2 pm performance of RACE we will offer on-site childcare, featuring arts-based activities for children aged two to 12, giving you a reliable babysitting option. Childcare will be provided by Improv Care and is free with a ticket to that matinee performance. Improv Care has been providing professional on-site group child and youth care to organizations throughout the city since 2002. Click the links below to learn more about Improv Care.

This program will take place in the Ernest Balmer Lounge (just off the upstairs lobby of the Bluma Appel Theatre). The space will be entirely cleaned and outfitted with furniture and toys for the children. Water and light snacks will be available. The program will be offered from 1:30 pm to 15 minutes following the end of the performance.

Space is limited, and will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis.

How to reserve:
  • Call our box office at 416.368.3110 to book your ticket to the May 5 matinee. While on the phone, tell them you would like to register a child for the childcare program.
  • You’ll need to tell our box office representative the number of children you’re bringing and their ages. We’ll also need your email address to send you a registration form.
  • We’ll email you a Child Registration Form. It is necessary to fill this out for safety and informational purposes. Improv Care offers an inclusive experience; please specify any language or physical requirements as well other special needs on the form.
  • Fill out the registration form and email it to eschachter@canadianstage.com. Please note your child(ren) won’t be considered registered until we receive their form(s).
Please note: Completed Child Registration Forms must be received by Erin no later than Wednesday May 1st in order to plan appropriately for staffing and supplies. Registration will close at this time; if you have not received an email confirmation number and reply directly from Erin, your child or children will not be accepted in the childcare space on site due to The Day Nurseries Act child-to-staff ratios that Improv Care strictly adheres to. Guardians must be a relative, over 18 and be attending the show and remain on-site for the duration of the program. Maximum two children per adult to ensure as many families as possible can participate. If you require accommodations, please contact Erin per the below.

We hope to see you and your kids May 5. If you have any questions please contact: Erin Schachter, Education and Audience Development Manager, at eschachter@canadianstage.com or 416 367-8243 ex 280. You may also contact Improv Care directly to learn more: Dahla MacKenna, 647-287-5433 or dahla@improvcare.ca

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