Bank Windhoek Arts Festival and NTN Present ‘Race’

The Bank Windhoek Arts Festival and the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) present a play, ‘Race’, the story of three attorneys, two black and one white, who contemplate whether to defend a white man charged with a crime against a black woman.

David Mamet, a leading American dramatist, is not unknown to Namibians. In the early and late 1990s, the University of Namibia’s Drama Department staged two of his earlier plays, ‘Duck Variations’ with Aldo Behrens and Danie Strydom and ‘Olleana’ with Freddy Philander and Amanda Singhelwa.

‘Race’ premiered on Broadway in December 2009, with James Spader as Aocate Jack Lawson. Other well known American actors in the play include David Alan Grier, ‘The Fixer’s’ Kerry Washington and Richard Thomas.

Charles Strickland (white, mid 40s) a prominent business man, has been charged with rape. The woman accusing him is black the lawyers realise that the case will be all the more difficult because race will be the dominant factor throughout the trial.

The men expect Susan, a new attorney with the firm (black, early 20s) to help determine whether or not they should accept Strickland as their client, but Susan has other plans in mind.

Her peers, aocates Jacky Lawson (white, mid 40s) and Henry Brown (black, mid 40s) have their work cut out for them, steering through legal mazes.

“A white jury might assess a judgment of innocence as treason, and a dominant black jury could easily assess an innocent judgment as racism – a dilemma Mamet handles with eye-opening clarity,” said Aldo Behrens who is also Consultant of the Bank Windhoek Arts Festival (BWAF) and the director of ‘Race’, along with Joseph Keamogetsi Molapong.

The Namibian cast consists of Yanna Smith, David Ndjavera, Senga Brockeroff and Morne Botha, and will be performed at the NTN in Windhoek on 27, 28 and 29 May at 19h30.

For more information, please contact Kania Vlok at 081 239 6378. Tickets are available at Computicket for N$80.

Source : The Namibian