"This election year, as we exercise our civic responsibility to choose our future leadership, what better instruction and inspiration do we have than this, to attend to the true story of an American who made our nation, and our world, a more hopeful place to be?” – Tom Key, Artistic Director, Theatrical Outfit
Theatrical Outfit continues its 40th Anniversary Season of Hope with the one man tour de force Thurgood, running September 29 – October 16, 2016 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s. The Outfit run of Thurgood, in which judicial politics meet personal triumph, is the Atlanta premiere of the play starring prolific local stage and screen actor Geoffrey D. Williams as the first African American Supreme Court Justice. The original Broadway production featured Laurence Fishburne and was subsequently filmed as an HBO original movie.
ABOUT THE PLAY
By George Stevens, Jr.
September 29 – October 16, 2016
Based on the life and career of the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, this riveting narrative charts Thurgood Marshall’s evolution from back-alley Baltimore, to Howard University law school, to his fight for equality in the South, all the way to a seat on the highest court in the land in 1967. In addition to his victorious challenge of segregation in Brown vs. Board of Education, humorous and inspiring milestones of Marshall’s journey reveal the remarkable brilliance, perseverance and hope of one of the greatest American heroes of all time.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: George Stevens, Jr. is an American writer, author, playwright, director and producer. He is the founder of the American Film Institute, creator of the AFI Life Achievement Award and instigator/producer of the Kennedy Center Honors. Since 2009 he has served as Co-Chairman of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Accolades to date for his professional career include seventeen Emmys, eight Writers Guild awards, two Peabody Awards, the Humanitas Prize and an Honorary Academy Award.
ABOUT OUR STARRING ACTOR: Geoffrey D. Williams (Thurgood in Thurgood) has appeared on many Atlanta stages: Theatrical Outfit, Alliance Theatre, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, Horizon Theatre Company and Theatre in the Square, to name a few. Regional theatre credits include Huntington Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Indiana Rep Theatre, Burt Reynolds Theatre, Jomandi Productions, Mill Mountain Playhouse, among others, and several national touring companies. You might have seen Geoffrey in The Piano Lesson, King Hedley, II, Fences, A Raisin in the Sun, Homebody/Kabul, Blues for an Alabama Sky, or Ain’t Misbehavin’. He has also acted in more than a dozen film or television productions for Showtime, Millennium Filmworks, and HBO. Geoffrey trained at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of Fine Art, Dallas, Texas; the BFA Theatre Program at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre and Film Training in Florida; and in the Professional Intern Program at Northside School for Performing Arts (Atlanta)!
Industry tickets are reserved for artists and the management and supporting staff actively working in the theatre industry.
$15 + Tax = $16.20
Wed., October 5, 2016 @ 7:30PM
Fri., October 7, 2016 @ 7:30PM
Wed., October 12, 2016 @ 7:30PM
Running time: ninety minutes with no intermission. Tickets may only be purchased by calling 678.528.1500, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Industry night tickets are not available online. Seats will be assigned and available for pick up one hour before the performance requested. Group pricing is also available. For info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Ticket prices are subject to availability.
Eric J. Little* - Director
R. Paul Thomason - Scenic Designer
Andre Allen - Lighting Designer
Paula Renee - Costume Designer
Kay Richardson - Sound Designer
MC Park - Properties Designer
Clifton Guterman* - Casting Director
Lisa Watson* - Stage Manager
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Fulton County Office of Cultural Affairs, Turner Broadcasting, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Jackson Spalding, Publix Super Markets Charities, The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: The Center for Civil and Human Rights, The Atlanta History Center, Compassionate Atlanta, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Cultural Experience Project