Jason Priestley (photo by David Hou)Pacing to the end
RACE is whip-fast look at what divides us…
by Dave Ross
I’m thrilled to say that this is not an incident of stunt casting
Race is a social construction, which makes it complicated to discuss. We can only approach race from our own social and economic positions, but we are also influenced by our own race, a biological determination. Race is a truth of self that we cannot discuss separately from our constructed social positions, and it is the tension between these two races, race of self and race of definition, that Mamet explores so well through this play. Mired in this tension is the process of determining truths, as what is truth to one may not be for another. The script is heavily Sophist in its construction, which requires immense focus on words. We enter the story mid-sentence, and leave it just as abruptly, leaving many questions for the audience to consider.