There is a new play out by John Strand called “The Originalist,” about the Supreme Court. It takes a look at one of its real-life stars – Justice Antonin Scalia.
“Drama, suspense, monologues, arguments – what could be more theatrical than the U.S. Supreme Court?” asks NPR.
According to Wikipedia, Antonin Gregory Scalia (born March 11, 1936) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. As the longest-serving justice currently on the Court, Scalia is the Senior Associate Justice. He was appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, and has been described as the intellectual anchor for the originalist and textualist position in the Court’s conservative wing.
Scalia is also known for his acerbic dissents.
He is, as the play’s title suggests, an “originalist” – He believes that the court should follow the original meaning or intent of the framers of the Constitution, which we see time and again in his decisions.
The Supreme Court justice is also a devout Catholic, a lover of opera and a man who likes a good debate.
The play shows the jurist both in and out of the courtroom.
It will premiere at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., this week.