Cast of “Race” and Director Chuck Smith volunteer with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Together with City Year and One Good Deed Chicago, the artists painted at North Lawndale YMCA

CHICAGO, IL – Goodman Theatre’s cast of Race by David Mamet took a break from rehearsal yesterday morning to join more than 200 volunteers from City Year Chicago and One Good Deed Chicago in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Together with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, actors Geoffrey Owens and Tamberla Perry, along with Director Chuck Smith and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, painted a classroom at the North Lawndale YMCA (3449 W. Arthington). Race runs through February 19, 2012 in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre (Opening Night is January 23). Tickets ($25 – $89) can be purchased at, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn). Mayer Brown LLP is the Corporate Sponsor Partner and WBEZ 91.5 FM is the Media Partner.

“In the midst of working on a play like Race, which centers on the issues that divide us as Americans, it was wonderful to serve in honor of a man who worked so hard to bring us all together,” said actor Geoffrey Owens, who portrays law firm partner Henry Brown in the play.

Added actor Tamberla Perry, “It was an honor to be part of this service project and to partner with incredible organizations like City Year and One Good Deed Chicago. Dr. King stood and fought for so much; giving a little time was the least we could do to give back to the community.”

One Good Deed Chicago is a City-sponsored campaign promoting volunteerism and furthering civic engagement by residents. For opportunities to volunteer throughout the year, visit, the City’s one-stop shop for Chicagoans that includes a volunteer-matching page and ideas to get and stay involved with the community.

City Year’s mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship and is wholly focused on fighting the national dropout crisis. City Year has committed to leverage the talent, energy and idealism of corps members to serve as tutors, mentors and role models in schools to help students stay on track—and get back on track—to graduate. City Year’s In School & On Track initiative is designed to bring City Year corps members to 50% of all of the students falling off track in City Year’s 22 U.S. locations, which will require expanding the number of corps members to 6,000 and engaging school districts, the private sector and the federal government through AmeriCorps as partners.

Race begins as a crime mystery, as two high-profile lawyers—Henry (Geoffrey Owens) who is black, and Jack (Marc Grapey) who is white—are called to defend a wealthy white client Charles (Patrick Clear) who is charged with the rape of an African

American woman. The client admits that he was intimate with his accuser but vehemently denies the charges of rape, insisting that the sex was consensual and that he and the woman were in love. As the two lawyers mull over the potential pitfalls in accepting the case, they enlist the help of their new associate, Susan (Tamberla Perry), a young Ivy-League educated black attorney. In the lawyers’ struggle to find the truth, their own prejudices are exposed, and they quickly discover that present-day racial and gender politics are as complex as the case in front of them.

Join the Artist Encounter for Race, an intimate conversation with a diverse group of Chicago-based artists—Chuck Smith, Coya Paz, Mica Cole, Joe Foronda and Laura Washington—discussing the role that artists play in advancing dialogue on race in America. This interactive event takes place on Wednesday, January 18 from 6-7pm, preceding the 7:30pm performance of Race. Tickets are $5 and free to Subscribers, students with ID and Goodman donors; call 312.443.3800.

The 2011/2012 Season includes: The Convert by Danai Gurira, directed by Emily Mann and co-produced with McCarter Theatre Center (NJ) and Center Theatre Group (CA) (February 25 – March 25, 2012); Camino Real by Tennessee Williams, directed by Calixto Bieito (March 3 – April 15, 2012); Fish Men by Cándido Tirado, directed by Edward Torres, in partnership with Teatro Vista (April 7 – May 6, 2012); The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls (April 21 – June 10, 2012); and Crowns, written and directed by Regina Taylor (June 30 – August 5, 2012).

Goodman Theatre, “the leading regional theater in the nation’s most important theater city” (Time), is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago, generating nearly $300 million in economic impact over the past decade in its state-of-the-art two-theater complex on North Dearborn Street. Founded in 1925 and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls, “Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune), and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit resident theater has welcomed nearly two million patrons to productions and events—including 10 festivals celebrating playwrights such as David Mamet, August Wilson and Horton Foote, as well as the biennial Latino Theatre Festival—and served legions of students through its Education and Community Engagement programs (including the FREE Student Subscription Series and other interactive programs). The Goodman has earned more than 90 awards for hundreds of productions, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn Nottage—one of 25 new-work Goodman commissions in the last decade. Ruth Ann M. Gillis is the Chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees and Joan Clifford is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

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