The Originalist

Archived Show


Produced by:
Arena Stage, in collaboration with Middle Finger Productions, LLC.
July 14 - August 19, 2018
Run Time:
0 Hour, 0 Minute
Showing in Theater

Show Info

By John Strand
Directed by Molly Smith

With Edward Gero, Tracy Ifeachor and Brett Mack

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero portrays Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, offering audiences the opportunity to see his "lively performance" (Washington Post). 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? 

Photo Caption: Edward Gero and Tracy Ifeachor
Photo Caption: Edward Gero and Tracy Ifeachor
Photo Caption: Edward Gero and Tracy Ifeachor
Photo Caption: Tracy Ifeachor
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Producing Company

Arena Stage

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Director Edgar Dobie, Arena Stage is a national center dedicated to American voices and artists. Arena Stage produces plays of all that is passionate, profound, deep, and dangerous in the American spirit, and presents diverse and ground-breaking work from some of the best artists around the country. Arena Stage is committed to commissioning and developing new plays and impacts the lives of over 10,000
students annually through its work in community engagement. Now in its seventh decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 300,000.

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Middle Finger Productions

Beth Newburger is an entrepreneur who has founded and sold several businesses and is currently heading Richlynd Federal and Epoch Communications. She is known for her work as director of communications for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Prior to joining the National Trust, she was appointed by President Clinton to co-chair the Presidential Women’s History Commission and vice-chair the bi-partisan Congressional Women’s Progress Commission. She also served in both Clinton administrations as Associate Administrator of the General Services Administration and Outreach Coordinator for the White House Office of Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. Newburger is former Chairman and currently a trustee of Arena Stage and the National Children’s Museum. She chairs Apollo Enterprise Imaging and serves on the boards of the Franklin Roosevelt Library, President’s Council of Cornell Women, and BoatUS - a Berkshire Hathaway company. As an original investor, she is part of the producing team of Dear Evan Hansen, winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical, that premiered at Arena Stage. The Cornell University graduate shared her love of theater and the arts with her late husband, Richard Schwartz, the founder of BoatUS and an extraordinary philanthropist.


"Gero woos the crowd beautifully with a virtuosic blend of bluster, intellect and devastating wit." - The Washington Post

"A timely, almost revolutionary work." - The Economist

"A truly mesmerizing and thought-provoking play." - A Seat On The Aisle

"Sturdy, compelling... Rivets our attention with ultra-contemporary panache." -

"Rings with relevancy" - Curtain Up