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The Asolo Repertory Theatre | Arena Stage | Pasadena Playhouse Production

The Originalist

By John Strand
Directed by Molly Smith
with Associate Director Seema Sueko
Featuring Edward Gero as Antonin Scalia

May 10, 2018 — Jun 10, 2018

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“A timely, almost revolutionary work” —The Economist

“The country’s most famous legal showman has gotten his show… Scalia, portrayed with terrific verve and snappy humor by Edward Gero.” -New York Times

“Taut, punchy, often humorous … Since Scalia’s death in 2016, the script has grown more relevant… in the atmosphere of hysterically partisan politics, it feels wholesome and encouraging to hear the two positions summed up clearly and persuasively.” -Los Angeles Times

When a Harvard Law School graduate with decidedly different views takes on a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of America’s most brilliant and polarizing figures, she discovers in him an infuriating opponent and an unexpected mentor. Their relationship faces the ultimate test as they confront one of the most polarizing cases to reach the nation’s highest court.

Written by Charles MacArthur Award winner John Strand, this daring new work shows just how much passion for the law and risk it takes to defend one’s version of the truth. Court is thrilled to introduce this brilliant play to Chicago, with Edward Gero at its center. Molly Smith’s production is a sensation in Washington, D.C., where it premiered and has been revived twice.

Roll Call published an interview with actor Edward Gero discussing his unique relationship with Justice Scalia.  Check it out here.

Plus, The Washington Post interviewed Gero about reprising his role, Scalia’s legacy, and the value of bipartisan discourse today. Read more here.

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Estimated running time: 1 hour 45 minutes (no intermission)


Court Theatre’s 2017/18 Season is sponsored by Barbara and Richard Franke.

Photo of  Edward Gero as Antonin Scalia at Arena Stage by C. Stanley Photography.

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