Race and Politics Collide in Thomas Bradshaw's Carlyle | Playbill

News Race and Politics Collide in Thomas Bradshaw's Carlyle Chicago's Goodman Theater has announced casting for the world premiere of Carlyle by Thomas Bradshaw, a new work exploring race and politics in America.

Directed by Benjamin Kamine, performances will begin April 2 and run through May 1.

The cast features James Earl Jones II in the titular role, joined by Patrick Clear, Maureen Gallagher, Tim Rhoze, Levenix Riddle, Tiffany Scott, Charlette Speigner and Nate Whelden.

Here's how the show is billed: "Carlyle Meyers is an ambitious lawyer facing one potentially major barrier in his burgeoning career: He is an African American in the Republican Party. Recruited by the higher-ups to show off the party’s changing demographic, Carlyle takes the stage to present an autobiographical play that recounts how and why he became a member of the GOP, resulting in an uncensored dissection of the effects of affirmative action, party alliance and the state of race in America."

A full creative team will be announced at a later date.

Bradshaw returns to the Goodman, where his play Mary made its 2010-11 world premiere. His earlier works include Fulfillment, Intimacy and Burning. Tickets are on sale online at GoodmanTheatre.org, by calling (312) 443-3800 or in person at the Box Office at 170 N. Dearborn.

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