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The Originalist
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"A timely, almost revolutionary work” —The Economist

“The country’s most famous legal showman has gotten his show… Scalia, portrayed with terrific verve and snappy humor by Edward Gero.” -New York Times

“Taut, punchy, often humorous … Since Scalia’s death in 2016, the script has grown more relevant… in the atmosphere of hysterically partisan politics, it feels wholesome an encouraging to hear the two positions summed up clearly and persuasively.” -Los Angeles Times

When a Harvard Law School graduate with decidedly different views takes on a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of America’s most brilliant and polarizing figures, she discovers in him an infuriating opponent and an unexpected mentor. Their relationship faces the ultimate test as they confront one of the most polarizing cases to reach the nation’s highest court.

Written by Charles MacArthur Award winner John Strand, this daring new work shows just how much passion for the law and risk it takes to defend one’s version of the truth. Court is thrilled to introduce this brilliant play to Chicago, with Edward Gero at its center. Molly Smith’s production is a sensation in Washington, D.C., where it premiered and has been revived twice.

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