Clarence Darrow Gets an All Too Human Portrait in NYC Solo Show

News   Clarence Darrow Gets an All Too Human Portrait in NYC Solo Show All Too Human, the solo play about world-famous lawyer Clarence Darrow, written and featuring lawyer-actor Henry Miller, begins an Off-Broadway run Oct. 28 at the 45th Street Theatre.

Opening is Nov. 5. The production is being overseen by acclaimed actor-director Kevin Conway, who is being assisted by Laurie Brown Kindred.

Subtitled An Evening With Clarence Darrow, the work "tells the story of Clarence Darrow's fight against religious intolerance, capital punishment, prohibition, the oppression of the workers and anything else which he felt impeded the bringing of enlightenment and culture to the human mind."

All Too Human played a run at the White Plains Performing Arts Center in November 2005.

According to production notes, Darrow was the plain-speaking son of Midwestern abolitionists who considered himself "a cunning actor like that other trial lawyer from Illinois, Abe Lincoln." He argued and won many of the most famous cases ever brought to trial; defending the down-trodden and the amoral; the maligned and the misguided; the obsessed and the oppressed; all human beings; all too human."

Among his famous cases were the Leopold and Loeb murder and the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial, which concerned the teaching of evolution in Tennessee schools. Author-performer Henry Miller has spent the past 40-plus years in courtrooms and the theatre. He was a longtime student of Stella Adler, a published playwright and a revered trial lawyer. He is a past president of the New York Bar Association and the senior partner in the esteemed personal injury firm of Clark, Gagliardi & Miller.

"A life-long student of literature, science, law and economics with a profound gift with words, Clarence Darrow gave the greatest summations in the English language," Miller told Playbill.com. "He argued for all human beings while teaching us the wisdom of expressing our own humanity to its fullest capacity. He inspired more people to become lawyers than any other person in history."

All Too Human is being produced by A New Dawn Productions, Inc. in association with Town Square Productions, Inc.

The lighting design is by Graham Kindred, the scenic design is by Chris Jones, the play's music is being edited by Elliott Forrest, who is also designing the sound.

The 45th Street Theatre is at 354 W. 45th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. The performance schedule is Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 PM.

Tickets are $55. Student tickets are $25.

For information, visit www.smarttix.com or call (212) 868-4444.

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