Mamet's 'Race' recoups its B'way production costs

In this theater publicity image released by Jeffrey Richards Associates, from left, James Spader, David Alan Grier and Richard Thomas are shown in a scene from David Mamet's "Race," playing at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates, Robert J. Saferstein)

April 21, 2010 6:04:42 PM PDT
"Race" has recouped on Broadway.

David Mamet's provocative play has paid back its $2.5 million production costs, producer Jeffrey Richards announced Wednesday. It joins a select club of new plays that were financial successes this season - including "A Steady Rain," last fall's high-grossing blockbuster starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig.

"Race" opened last December at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre and stars James Spader, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington and Richard Thomas. It concerns two high-priced lawyers - one white, the other black - who have been asked to defend a wealthy white man accused of raping a black woman. Its limited engagement ends June 13.

But Mamet will be back on Broadway next season. A revival of his "A Life in the Theatre," starring Patrick Stewart, opens in the fall.