In David Mamet’s heated new play, Race, Richard Thomas spends most of his time onstage being interrogated by his lawyers, who aren’t quite sure of his innocence when accused of a horrific crime. So it’s no wonder Thomas likes to keep a calm, Zen-like atmosphere in his dressing room at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The celebrated actor invited Broadway.com into his personal space to show off five items he keeps to help him feel like his family and friends are always around. Come on in!
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"Here’s a picture taken very late at night. [Original Race star] David Alan Grier and I were appearing together at a benefit to raise money for Haiti. I look at it as kind of a Tim Conway and Harvey Korman picture. I’m Tim and he’s Harvey. We had a great time together. David’s a great pal."
"These candlesticks belonged to my mother when she was a young dancer at Saddler’s Wells in London. When she was about 16 years old, they were given to her by an old character actor who had them when he toured. They fold up together so you can travel with them. I’ve had them with me everywhere so I can think of my mother. She was a wonderful dancer and teacher."
"This little Limoges suitcase was given to me by Terrence McNally on opening night of his play The Stendhal Syndrome, which I did about seven years ago in New York. He’d always been trying to get me to move back to New York City because it’s my hometown and the theater is here, so he gave me this suitcase hoping it would help me move. Six years ago this month, I did!"
"This hotei was given to me by my daughter Pilar, and it’s always been considered a good luck figure. Many people think he’s a Buddha, but he’s actually an old Chinese Zen monk. He’s very jolly and happy."
"This is my family—my wife and all of our seven kids. The picture is about 12 years old, because my son is two years old in it and he just had his 14th birthday, but that’s the picture I have with all of us. They’re grown up and scattered around in different places now, so it's really nice that I can have them all with me in one picture. They range in age from 14 to 34, and now there’s three grandbabies!"