Thurgood, With James Earl Jones, to Play Westport Country Playhouse April 30-May 14

News   Thurgood, With James Earl Jones, to Play Westport Country Playhouse April 30-May 14 Westport Country Playhouse will present the new play Thurgood, starring James Earl Jones, from April 30 to May 14, a Playhouse spokesperson confirmed. Leonard Foglia will direct.

James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Playbill.com previously reported that Jones and the Playhouse were in talks to do the work. Foglia directed On Golden Pond, Jones' recent Broadway gig.

Jones will play former Civil Rights great and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

The new work is by George Stevens, Jr., the famed filmmaker's son who is best known for producing the Kennedy Center Honors. The play will be co-produced by Bill Haber.

Tickets are now on sale to Westport subscribers only. They will go on sale to the general public on April 19. If all goes well in Connecticut, the play is thought to have a New York future.

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The first season at Westport Country Playhouse under new artistic director Tazewell Thompson was recently announced. The season kicked off on March 9 with Eric Overmeyer's On the Verge. Long a regional theatre favorite, the play is the fantastical, wordy saga of three female adventuresses, circa 1888, who journey into "Terra Incognita."

For information, call (203) 227-4177 or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Information about the Playhouse is also available at www.westportplayhouse.org.

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