“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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Described by the New York Times as “a threatening portrait of urban insanity. A drug lord is king, corruption is endemic and parents instill offspring with perverse values. In Mr Brown’s Coney Island, everything is for sale.”
Cast: 7 total (3 female, 4 male) Full Length Drama (about 125 minutes) Multiple Sets Contemporary Costumes
Two baby-faced would-be criminals decide to rob the home of two women of advanced age who live in contention with their past, their present, their future, and each other. The brats get more than they’ve bargained for, including possible great futures behind bars in Joliet.
Cast: 6 total (2 female, 4 male, 2 children) Full Length Drama (about 85 minutes) Single Set Contemporary Costumes
In NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY a black bartender in New York City attempts to outwit a white mobster syndicate. The play received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Charles Gordone’s Pulitzer signified two firsts: he was the first African American playwright to receive a Pulitzer, and NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY was the first Off-Broadway play to receive the Pulitzer.
Cast: 16 total (5 female, 11 male) Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes) Single Set Contemporary Costumes
Jacqueeda needs four dollars and sixty cents to go to her mother’s boyfriend’s funeral, and buy him a headstone. She needs to make a detour to the racetrack to earn the rest of the money. She is looking for help from her friend Poppy. Poppy is looking for Jacqueeda, because he has learned from the scriptures that are the New York Post that a local Deacon has won the lottery. This transpires on the street corner where the Deacon’s Lincoln Continental is parked. They try to accomplish their tasks early in the morning while; Canute, a West Indian man, goes about working his many jobs, including caring for Muhammad’s rug, and Sister Berring tries to build a shelter, for someone. This play also has music cascading down onto the street corner, from eight televisions in windows above. The play is a new look at a secularized service about a search for service.
Cast: 4 total (2 female, 2 male) Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes) Single Set Contemporary Costumes
Picton and Dorcas, ancient now, came to this country with an internal, eternal love that made them blind to the fact that the darker aspects of the elusive Dame Lorraine found homes in the hearts of their eight sons. Their first-born and only surviving male child comes home today after twenty-seven years in prison. Picton and Dorcas await him, thinking perhaps they should never have come here. Perhaps they never should have fallen in love.
Cast: 5 total (3 female, 2 male) Full Length Drama (about 75 minutes) Single Set Contemporary Costumes
UNFINISHED WOMEN deals with the events in a home for unwed mothers on the last day of jazz musician Charlie Parker’s life, March 12, 1955. The play digs beyond statistics and sociological theories to find the unarticulated, half-understood longings of teenage mothers.
Cast: 9 total (7 female, 2 male) Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes) Single Set Contemporary Costumes
With an important piece of legislation pending, treatment for a serious illness about to begin, and engagement to a woman half his age in the balance, a first-term City Councilman in Washington, D.C. is visited by his two adult sons, the younger one a gay man who must find a way to come out to his father, the older one an ex-football star who’s been living out of the country and out of touch for nearly twenty years. Both sons, in addition, carry a long-held tacit agreement that is destined to explode in their father’s face.
Cast: 6 total (2 female, 4 male) Full Length Drama (about 120 minutes) Minimal Set Requirements Contemporary Costumes
Winner of the 2012 Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play
On the docks of late 18th-century Rhode Island, two runaway slaves, Adjua and Dembi, plan a desperate and daring run to freedom. When a chance encounter triggers an unexpected collision of worlds, painful truths are uncovered, and the brutality of past crimes spills into the next generation.
Cast: 10 total (3 female, 7 male) Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes) Multiple Sets Period Costumes
A tender, quirky play about two white women and a black man living in Seattle in 1992, as the nation and the media are transfixed by the trial of four Los Angeles police officers accused in the beating of Rodney King and the outcry of protest after the verdicts.
Cast: 3 total (2 female, 1 male) Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes) Multiple Sets Contemporary Costumes