Laurence Luckinbill Will Read Clarence Darrow Tonight! in NYC Benefit

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Actor-writer Laurence Luckinbill, who has crafted solo plays about Lyndon Johnson, Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway, will read his one-man show Clarence Darrow Tonight! June 19 to benefit Off-Broadway's Abingdon Theatre Company, of which he is an honorary board member.

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In 2002, Luckinbill opened the June Havoc Theatre in the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex portraying President Theodore Roosevelt in his one-man play, Teddy Tonight!; in 2004, he returned to Abingdon's Dorothy Strelsin Theatre with Hemingway, a solo play about the last hours of Ernest Hemingway's life.

Clarence Darrow Tonight!, about the famed American lawyer, will play at the June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street) at 7 PM June 19. All tickets are $25 and include a wine reception following the reading. Proceeds benefit Abingdon's mission to develop and produce new plays by American playwrights.

Clarence Darrow Tonight! was originally presented by Ensemble Theatre Company in 1999. Darrow was a primary member of the American Civil Liberties Union who fought for civil rights and decent working conditions and against the death penalty.

Darrow was immortalized in the play Inherit the Wind, which dramatized the landmark 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial and his defense of schoolteacher John Scopes, who taught Darwin's Theory of Evolution to his class.

After graduating from the drama department in 1955, Luckinbill earned his MFA in playwriting from Catholic University in Washington, DC. He won the New York Critics Circle Award for his performance in The Memory Bank and was nominated for a Tony for his work in The Shadow Box. His films include starring roles in "Such Good Friends," "Cocktail," and "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier." In 1993, he wrote and co-produced with his wife, Lucie Arnaz, "Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie," a two-hour television documentary that won an Emmy Award. Since 1993, Abingdon Theatre Company has developed and produced new plays by American playwrights exclusively. Abingdon actors, directors, designers, producers and dramaturgs have collaborated with more than 200 playwrights to develop original plays. Abingdon is run by artistic director Jan Buttram and managing director Samuel Bellinger.

For Clarence Darrow Tonight! reservations, call (212) 868-2055 or visit

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