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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Participate in Talkback for THE ORIGINALIST


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Participate in Talkback for THE ORIGINALIST

59E59 Theaters announces that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will join directorMolly Smith for a special post-show conversation immediately following the matinee performance onSunday, July 29 of THE ORIGINALIST. The conversation will surround Justice Ginsburg's former colleague, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and themes related to the production.

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero (whose performance was called "unimpeachable at every turn" by the Washington Post) returns to his masterful performance as controversial Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, when Washington, DC's renowned Arena Stage brings John Strand's THE ORIGINALIST to 59E59 Theaters.

When a bright, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with the conservative Justice, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation's highest court?

This provocative play, which "avidly interrogates our political practices" (Washington Post), arrives in New York during a particularly combative political moment.

Tracy Ifeachor, a classically trained British actor best known in the US for her roles in the CW hit showsLegends of Tomorrow and The Originals, joins THE ORIGINALIST as Cat, Justice Scalia's law clerk and sparring partner. Brett Mack (Asolo Rep, Chautauqua Theatre) rounds out the cast.

THE ORIGINALIST is written by John Strand and directed by Molly Smith. Produced by Middle Finger Production, LLC [Beth Newburger, Executive Producer] and Arena Stage and part of 59E59's Subscription Series, THE ORIGINALIST begins performances on Saturday, July 14 for a limited engagement through Sunday, August 19. Press Opening is Thursday, July 19 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Friday at 7 PM; Saturday & Sunday at 2 PM & 7 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). Single tickets are $25 - $70 ($25 - $49 for 59E59 Members). Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at

Photo Credit: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

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