Theatrical Outfit presents Downtown Dialogue, Oct. 9, "The State of Racial Equality and Justice Today"

Theatrical Outfit presents Downtown Dialogue, Oct. 9, "The State of Racial Equality and Justice Today"

Theatrical Outfit proudly introduces a new community engagement initiative called Downtown Dialogues. Patrons are invited to be downtown and join a panel of special guests in an open dialogue about the social, political and global themes in the current show. Downtown Dialogues happen once per production on the second Sunday after Opening and are FREE to all patrons with a ticket to any performance during the run.  

The Outfit production of Thurgood (now through Oct. 16), 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 State of Racial Equality and Justice Today"

Sunday, October 9, 12:30pm-1:30pm at Theatrical Outfit 
2:00pm — house re-opens for the matinee performance of Thurgood at 2:30pm
FREE to all patrons with a ticket to any performance. 

Patron sign up (acknowledging intent to attend) HERE.


  • Moderator: Ernie Suggs, reporter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has covered stories ranging from politics to civil rights to education; Harvard University Neiman Fellow; former national vice president of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Judge Willie Lovett, Jr., Fulton County Juvenile Court, received his undergraduate degree from Yale University; juris doctorate from Harvard Law School; Master of Laws in Litigation from Emory Law School. He was appointed to the bench in May, 2013.
  • Andrea Young, attorney, author, documentarian, lecturer; founding Executive Director of the Andrew Young Foundation; co-author of Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta and An Easy Burden: Civil Rights and the Transformation of America (with her father, former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young); former legislative assistant to Senator Edward Kennedy; Georgetown University Law School graduate; member: State Bar of Georgia
  • Merritt McAllister, partner at King and Spalding; UGA Law School graduate; former clerk for Judge Lanier Anderson on the Eleventh Circuit; former clerk for Justice John Stephens, U.S. Supreme Court

*subject to change


By George Stevens, Jr.

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.

“If the curriculum in the schools were presented with half as much personality, the gaps in our knowledge wouldn’t be so pronounced.”   — The L.A. Times

Previews: September 29 – 30, 2016 at 7:30PM
Opening Night: October 1, 2016 at 7:30PM
Regular Performances: October 2 – 16, 2016

Performances of Thurgood are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30PM. Tickets range from $20-$50 and may be purchased online at or by calling 678.528.1500. Group pricing is available. For info, email

*Ticket prices are subject to availability. Fees and taxes apply. Order early for best pricing.

Atlanta History Center Photography Gallery, on view for run of Thurgood
Visitors to Theatrical Outfit may view a “Local Legends and Legacies” gallery of twenty-two reproduced vintage photographs on loan from the Atlanta History Center celebrating local civil rights icons and history-shaping activists. 

Geoffrey D Williams* – Thurgood Marshall

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, Grants to Green, 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


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Clifton Guterman Associate Artistic Director, Theatrical Outfit
Clifton Guterman Associate Artistic Director, Theatrical Outfit
About Theatrical Outfit

Stories that stir the soul.

OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.

ABOUT THEATRICAL OUTFIT: Atlanta’s second-oldest professional theatre company was founded in 1976 and has been led by Artistic Director Tom Key since fall 1995. Key led the company through the creation of its award-winning downtown home, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, the first U.S. theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Balzer Theater is also the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962; its first African American patrons were Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton. Mrs. Shelton passed away in 2019, but Dr. Shelton remains a patron at Theatrical Outfit to this day. Key's programming of classics, regional and world premieres, and musicals tell soul-stirring stories, with themes that explore diversity, equality, ethnicity, race, and religion; and often feature the best writers of the American South, including Ernest Gaines, Lauren Gunderson, Horton Foote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Janece Shaffer, Sherry Shephard-Massat, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. After ten years of capital investment, T.O. is in new territory. Having retired its mortgage, the staff, trustees, and artists have launched a new 2018-2020 Strategic Plan designed to produce great art, diversify and grow our audience, increase revenue and reserves, develop artists who contribute to the dramatic canon, and maintain an effective organization. In September of 2018, Theatrical Outfit welcomed Gretchen E. Butler as Managing Director.

ABOUT OUR VENUE: Unless otherwise noted, Theatrical Outfit's productions are performed in The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Theatrical Outfit utilizes a Loop Listening System, making The Balzer Theater at Herren’s the first theater in the state of Georgia to incorporate this technology. Attendees with T-coil hearing aids may participate automatically, and others needing enhancement may obtain system-compatible headsets from our lobby Box Office.

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84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303