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Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - Sunday, June 20, 2010


Laurence Fishburne stars in Thurgood written by George Stevens Jr., the dramatic retelling of the life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to be appointed to the Supreme Court.

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D.C. Premiere!
2008 Drama Desk Award Winner, Outstanding Solo Performance

Laurence Fishburne in
A play by George Stevens Jr.
Directed by Leonard Foglia

"Absorbing, at times even stirring"
--The New York Times
"There ought to be a law--all bio-dramas should be as vivid and entertaining as Thurgood."
--New York Daily News
"Rich in history, humanity and humor"
--New York Daily News
In Thurgood, Tony Award–winning actor Laurence Fishburne reprises his Broadway role as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to be appointed to the Supreme Court. From his early days as the civil rights lawyer who argued Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, a landmark case which led to the end of institutionalized segregation, to his appointment to the highest court in the land, Thurgood Marshall stood for justice while lifting the standing of his race.
In a fictional lecture on his life given by Thurgood Marshall at his alma mater, Howard University, Fishburne deftly shifts among characters, moving from Thurgood as a young and spirited man to a pensive Justice full of wisdom, and at times inhabiting the friends and foes that were met along the way. "Fishburne is magnetic as Marshall," says the New York Daily News. "He captures the justice's drive and everyday essence as well as his wry--if sometimes crass--wit." In the end, Thurgood proves that it is possible to work within the rule of law while remaining true to the rule of the heart.
Performance Timing:  90 minutes without intermission.
Important Note:  If you are arrive late,  there is a 30-minute late seating hold.

Notice: There are a limited number of $25 tickets available for this engagement. They are available for purchase in-person only at the Kennedy Center Box Office with a limit of two (2) tickets per person. Prior to coming to the Kennedy Center, please call (202) 467-4600 to check availability.


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