Thomas Bradshaw's Carlyle Begins Tonight | Playbill

News Thomas Bradshaw's Carlyle Begins Tonight Race and politics collide in the world premiere production at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
Carlyle Goodman Theatre

Performances begin April 2 in Chicago for the world premiere of Carlyle by Thomas Bradshaw, a new work exploring race and politics in America. Directed by Benjamin Kamine, performances are scheduled to run through May 1 at the Goodman Theatre.

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.“

The creative team includes set design by Kevin Depinet; costume design by Rachel Anne Healy; lighting design by Heather Gilbert; sound design by Christopher Kriz; and dramaturgy by Tanya Palmer. Casting is by Adam Belcuore and Erica Sartini-Combs; Donald Claxon is production stage manager and Shannon Golden is stage manager.

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, by calling (312) 443-3800 or in person at the Box Office at 170 N. Dearborn.

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