“Stirring and absorbing. THURGOOD may actually feel like a sweet escape to happier times, every bit as cheering (and a whole lot more edifying) than the giddiest of Broadway musicals. As I left, I found myself misty eyed.” —Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“All bio dramas should be as vivid and entertaining as THURGOOD. A story rich in history, humanity and humor.” —Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News
“A superb bravura performance! Compelling and engrossing.” —Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“Riveting and inspiring! This fine production does Thurgood Marshall supreme justice.” —Roma Torre, NY1
“A don’t miss event! As riveting as anything ever seen on the stage.” —Liz Smith, syndicated columnist
“The verdict on THURGOOD: Excellent!” —Elysa Gardner, USA Today
George Stevens, Jr's interest in Thurgood Marshall began with a miniseries he wrote and directed, Separate But Equal, the story of the Brown vs. Board of Education school desegregation case on which Marshall was the lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. THURGOOD is his first play. Stevens is the founder of the American Film Institute and a writer, director, and producer. Motion pictures: The Thin Red Line; George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey; John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums; The Diary of Anne Frank. Television: Separate But Equal (Sidney Poitier , Burt Lancaster), The Murder of Mary Phagan (Jack Lemmon, Peter Gallagher, Kevin Spacey), The Kennedy Center Honors (1978 – 2007), The American Film Institute Life Achievement Awards (1973 – 1998), America's Millennium, D-Day to Berlin. Alfred A. Knopf recently published his book, Conversations With the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age. Awards include eight awards from the Writers Guild of America, two George Foster Peabody Awards, and two Emmys.
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First performed at Westport Country Playhouse and subsequently on Broadway
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