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The Originalist
January 18–March 7

The Originalist

By John Strand

Directed by Molly Smith

“A timely, almost revolutionary work” 
—The Economist

Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death at age 79 has thrown a wrench into the political arena, but has brought intense interest in this daring new stage play that had its world premiere at Arena Stage last spring. When a bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and unexpected mentor. Written by Charles MacArthur Award-winning playwright John Strand and starring four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero (who bears an uncanny resemblance to Scalia), this powerful work depicts passionate people risking heart and soul to defend their interpretation of the truth.

Contains mature language and themes.



The Scoop
Presentation at every performance
(excludes Opening Night January 20)
Begins 1 hour before curtain | FREE

IllumiNation Series
January 24 | Pre- and post-show events
Theatre and conversation examining race, religion, identity, and culture

Inside Asolo Rep
The Great Society and The Originalist
January 25 | 11am | Cook Theatre | $5
Insights into the artistic process
Join us for coffee and pastries at 10:30am
Free for donors and Guild members.

Meet the Actors
February 12
Following the performance | FREE

February 16 | LGBT ticketed series

Tuesday Talkback
March 7
Following the performance | FREE



The Originalist is part of Asolo Rep's Washington Trilogy, click here to learn more.

For more on The Originalist, listen to our Inside Asolo Rep series.