Academy of Music Theatre presents New Repertory Theatre’s Production of Thurgood by George Stevens, Jr. This one-night-only special performance will be at the Hampshire Council-Gov Courthouse in Northampton. Audience members will sit in the courthouse viewing seats as actor Johnny Lee Davenport portrays the role of Thurgood Marshall in one of the “greatest performances of the year” (Boston Post-Gazette).
Directed by Benny Sato Ambush and featuring actor Johnny Lee Davenport, Thurgood spans Justice Thurgood Marshall’s impressive career as a lawyer, arguing such landmark cases as Brown v. Board of Education, and is a remarkable tribute to Marshall’s enduring legacy as the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court.
“Thurgood Marshall is the Civil Rights Movement’s unsung hero. His nomination to the Supreme Court literally changed America. Looking to the future sometimes means revisiting the past. By doing this play, I hope to remind, maybe even forewarn people that the politics of our country and the laws governing our nation, based on the Constitution of the United States, apply to, and protect all Americans. Not just the rich, not just the privileged, and certainly not just the interests of certain individuals. Thurgood gives us hope and the assurance that one man can make a difference!” ~Actor Johnny Lee Davenport
“Davenport has the kind of ineffable stage presence that can’t be adequately described but needs to be experienced. – The Boston Globe
“A powerful reminder that one man can make a difference.” – Broadway World
“One of the great performances of the year.” – Boston Post-Gazette