The Originalist Begins Off-Broadway July 14

Off-Broadway News   The Originalist Begins Off-Broadway July 14
John Strand's political drama, based on the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, begins at 59E59.
Edward Gero as Scalia
Edward Gero as Scalia C. Stanley Photography

Performances begin July 14 for the Off-Broadway premiere of John Strand’s political drama The Originalist, based on the life and career of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The production, at 59E59 Theaters, stars The Originals' Tracy Ifeachor and four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero, reprising his performance as Scalia from the world premiere at Arena Stage.

Tracy Ifeachor; Edward Gero in <i>The Originalist</i>
Tracy Ifeachor; Edward Gero in The Originalist C. Stanley Photography

In The Originalist, a liberal law school graduate (Ifeachor) embarks on a clerkship with Scalia, who turns out to be both infuriating and a terrific mentor.

Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith returns to direct the NYC engagement, scheduled through August 19. Brett Mack (Asolo Rep, Chautauqua Theatre) rounds out the cast.

The Originalist received its world premiere at Arena Stage in 2015. The Washington, D.C., theatre has partnered with Middle Finger Productions to bring the show to 59E59 Theaters Off-Broadway.

The design team is made up of Misha Kachman (set designer), Joseph P. Salasovich (costume designer), Colin K. Bills (lighting designer), and Eric Shimelonis (sound designer). The production stage manager is Susan R. White.

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