Behind the scenes at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Join the Discussion on RACE!

When the house lights went up at the end of the dress rehearsal for Race, I was left speechless for a little while. I looked over to my fellow box office co-workers and they were stunned as well.

After regaining our composure, we had a hearty discussion on the elements of the play including the tech, acting, and direction. But the subject that really took center stage in our conversation was the script. The way he writes dialogue is so impressively captivating.

In the production restrictions of Race, talkbacks are not allowed until at least 2 hours after the end of the show. Mamet wants the audience to stew their thoughts on the play and reach their own conclusions. This is why Orlando Shakes is not holding our usual Thursday talkback for this production.

Because we can’t have a scheduled, moderated discussion at the theater, why don’t we have one here on this blog? There are so many questions that have left viewers wondering what really happened.

Here’s a few questions to get you started:

  • Was Charles guilty or not?
  • Do you think Susan knowingly sabotaged their case? What exactly is her agenda?
  • Was Jack racist in his hiring practices?
  • What exactly did Susan do on vacation and why did she lie about it?
  • Were there actually sequins at the scene of the crime?

What say you? Sound off in the comments below. We want to hear what you think!

Love and Shakespeare,
A’riel T.
Marketing Intern, Orlando Shakespeare Theater


One response

  1. San K

    I literally left shaken- brilliant script & flawlessly acted. I’ve been a legal secretary for years. Honestly people can’t even conceive of how incredibly ‘real’ this is – 4 characters – all wrong, all right. The complexity of who did what, and did they “plan” or simply ltake advantage of the situation? So complicated that even those involved can’t figure out their own motives really. I have never seen a more realistic portrayal.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

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