by George Stevens, Jr.
starring Alan Bomar Jones as “Thurgood Marshall”
directed by Scott Stoney
April 27 – May 14, 2017
in The Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center
Based on the life and career of the Supreme Court’s first African-American Justice, this powerful one-man play follows Thurgood Marshall’s rise from his childhood in back-alley Baltimore, to Howard University law school, to his victorious challenges of segregation in the South, all the way to a seat on the highest court in the land in 1967. 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.
Run time: 90 minutes, with no intermission
All seats $25. Thurgood is not a part of Loft Season subscription packages.
Thursday night Preview Performance
Opening Night with post-show cast party
Audio Described / Sign Interpreted performance (available with two weeks notice)
Talk Back: “While We’re on the Subject” post-show discussion (following the evening performance)
George Stevens, Jr.’s interest in Thurgood Marshall began with a miniseries he wrote and directed, Separate But Equal, the story of the Brown vs. Board of Education school desegregation case on which Marshall was the lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Thurgood is his first play. Stevens is the founder of the American Film Institute and a writer, director, and producer. Motion pictures: The Thin Red Line; George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey; John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums; The Diary of Anne Frank. Television: Separate But Equal (Sidney Poitier , Burt Lancaster), The Murder of Mary Phagan (with Jack Lemmon, Peter Gallagher, Kevin Spacey), The Kennedy Center Honors (1978 – 2007), The American Film Institute Life Achievement Awards (1973 – 1998), America’s Millennium, D-Day to Berlin. Alfred A. Knopf recently published his book, Conversations With the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Awards include eight awards from the Writers Guild of America, two George Foster Peabody Awards, and two Emmys.
Scott is very grateful to have spent his theatre career (over 45 years) bouncing back and forth between acting and directing. His directing credits include Sweeney Todd; Master Class; Crowns (with fellow artist Debbie Blunden-Diggs); Caroline, or Change; also Next to Normal at the Victoria Theatre; August: Osage County in collaboration with Wright State University; Mame as Associate Director with Director Kevin Moore and Alice in Wonderland for Zoot Theatre Company. Other favorites include Man of La Mancha, The Spitfire Grill, and Torch Song Trilogy. Scott has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District and is in the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame.
Preston’s professional credits include: Stage Manager for the 2015 Festival of New Works production of Mann…and Wife, the 2014 HRTC Musical Theatre Workshop production of Molly Sweeney: A Musical, Assistant Stage Manager for Sweeney Todd, The Full Monty: The Broadway Musical, Mame and Play It by Heart with HRTC, the 2014 National Tour of Sweet Charity, Stage Manager for Children of Eden at Interlochen Center for the Arts, as well as Production Assistant for Avenue Q, Under A Red Moon, Managing Maxine and Gem of the Ocean, all with HRTC. Namaste!
Alan is a professional international actor, lecturer, director and a Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company. He is also an Artist-in-Resident with the Ohio Arts Council. He is no stranger to one-man shows. His credits include “Elijah Pierce: Pierce to the Soul,” “Nelson Mandela: His Journey” and “Lewis Clarke: My Brother Milton.” Alan has appeared in over seventy professional theatrical shows and several independent films. A few of his credits include “Criminal Activities,” “Blue Car,” “The Movement” and “Missed It.” When not acting and directing, Alan travels to colleges and universities offering Performing Arts Workshops. He currently has an independent business entitled “Yes, I Remember That Too,” video recording of family memories by way of one-on-one storytelling interviews. In conjunction with The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County, they have produced over a dozen storytelling segments for families which has involved over several hundred family members.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
+Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company.