"THURGOOD" Back by Popular Demand April 7-17th
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Relaunches "THURGOOD" by George Stevens Jr. for a Limited Run of Eight Encore Performances at the African American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco
Directed by Margo Hall, LHT's production features its Artistic Director, Steven Anthony Jones, who brings Thurgood Marshall, one of the defining American characters of the 20th Century, back to life in this eye-opening, humorous and personal portrait. THURGOOD is a powerful one-man play first produced on Broadway in April 2008 starring Laurence Fishburne (Black-ish). With the 2016 United States Presidential election race in full motion and a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, LHT's timely production serves as a reminder of how our civil rights were fought for and won through the courage of citizens such as Thurgood Marshall.
In the play, set at his Howard University alma mater, a retired Justice Marshall gives a lecture reviewing his life rising from the back alleys of Baltimore to become a champion of Civil Rights and the first African-American Justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court (1967-1991), appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
As a civil rights lawyer, Thurgood was the architect of many court challenges that became the foundation of the Civil Rights movement. In 1954, he argued and won Brown v. Board of Education in front of the Supreme Court that ultimately led to the end of institutionalized segregation.
Thurgood Marshall described his 1944 success in a case striking down all-white primary elections in Texas as his "greatest victory." It took another 20 plus years for the passage of the Voting Rights Act in August 1965 that provided the tools to protect the right of blacks to participate equally in the political process, and then, only after "Bloody Sunday" on March 7, 1965 and marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
With the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act in August 2015 and California's Primary Elections approaching in June, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre contends that now is the time to re-educate and re-inspire citizens with a modern day civic lesson through the non-threatening forum of the performing arts.
Thirty-minute talkbacks follow matinee performances with thought-provoking discussions between the audience, the artist and community leaders about the impact of desegregation, civil rights then and now, the struggle it took to win equal voting rights, and why it is important to exercise the right to vote.
LIMITED RUN: Only eight performances April 7-17, 2016
PERFORMANCE DATES: (100 minutes, no intermission)
☐ Thursday, April 7, 7:30 pm
☐ Friday, April 8, 7:30 pm
☐ Saturday, April 9, 2:00 pm (Talkback)
☐ Saturday, April 9, 7:30 pm
☐ Thursday, April 14, 7:30 pm
☐ Saturday, April 16, 2:00 pm (Talkback)
☐ Saturday, April 16, 7:30 pm
☐ Sunday, April 17, 2:00 pm (Talkback)
TICKET PRICES: $25 Adults; $20 Seniors (65+) & Students (21 & Under); $15 Children (12 & Under); 10% discount for groups of 10-25. Groups over 25, contact the Box Office.
BOX OFFICE: Purchase tickets online at http://LHTSF.org/
VENUE: Buriel Clay Theater, African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street (near Webster), San Francisco.
Gina Snow at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
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