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What is Originalism?

Is the Constitution a living document, one that should change and evolve over time, or is it a text frozen in the moment of its creation, strictly bound by the Founding Fathers’ original intentions?  David A. Strauss, Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, addresses this question. 

Playwright John Strand on Justice Scalia

John Strand was the playwright in residence at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. when his play, The Originalist, premiered in 2015. We spoke with Strand to discover how he created a version of Justice Scalia for the stage, and what his motivation was for exploring this complex moment in America’s highest court.

Q&A: Actor Edward Gero

When Washington, D.C.-based actor Edward Gero agreed to take on the role of Antonin Scalia, he had no idea of the unlikely relationship that would develop between him and the late Supreme Court justice. Gero talks with Court about his process to understand this character, and his hopes in bringing The Originalist to Chicago.

Donor Stories: Jack Halpern

On January 31, 2018, Court Theatre lost a friend and supporter, Professor Jack Halpern. Jack served as a member of the Court Theatre Board of Trustees from 1988 until his death. Court is humbled to carry on Jack’s and Helen’s legacy of passion for the arts.

Originalist Discussion Series

In the spirit of The Originalist, a play about listening to and engaging in civil discourse with those who have opposing viewpoints, Court is pleased to host a series of post-play discussions to delve deeper into the art and its related themes.

Justice Scalia’s Unlikely Best Friend

Given the relationship dynamics in THE ORIGINALIST, perhaps it’s unsurprising that one of Scalia’s best friends was Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Cultural Memory

Production Dramaturg Gabrielle Randle explores the cultural significance of the 1967 Film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

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