“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
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.
Approximate running time: 100 minutes (no intermission)
Court Theatre’s 2017/18 Season is sponsored by Barbara and Richard Franke.
The Originalist is sponsored by and Charles Custer
Articles and Interviews
The Originalist Discussion Series: May 10 - June 3
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.
Producers' Circle Member Event: May 22
University of Chicago scholars and artists from the production will discuss Justice Antonin Scalia’s legacy, as well as the development process.
Thurgood Staged Reading: June 2 and 4
Join us for this one-man tribute to Justice Thurgood Marshall’s pioneering career and legacy as the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court. Featuring Court favorite A.C. Smith.