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Photos: THE ORIGINALIST Celebrates Opening Night at 59E59


Continuing its cross-country tour, John Strand's critically-acclaimed political drama The Originalist, based on the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is playing at 59E59 Theaters under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith July 14-August 19, 2018. The production recently celebrated opening night, check out the photos below!

"We are taking this production to 59E59 so that New York audiences can continue to enjoy The Originalist and the transformative power of seeing Justice Scalia on stage," shares Arena Stage Trustee Beth Newburger Schwartz, who has formed a Production Company, Middle Finger Productions, for this commercial transfer. "This is the quintessential story of Washington in today's world as we see the extremes of both parties, and while they don't change their political opinions, they find the humor and empathy that makes friends of opposing forces."

The Originalist received its world premiere at Arena Stage in 2015, where it was extended twice and broke box office records as the highest selling production in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. The production was subsequently produced for the screen by Stage17, broadcast on PBS and recorded by L.A. Theatre Works as a radio play. The Originalist returned to Arena this summer. The Originalist was commissioned as part of Power Plays, an ambitious initiative from Arena Stage commissioning and developing 25 new plays and musicals over the course of the next 10 years, focused on stories of politics and power. For additional details on Power Plays visit

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