With a career spanning nearly six decades—from his landmark victory in Brown v. Board of Education to becoming a household name as the "Great Dissenter" and first African American to serve on the Supreme Court—Thurgood Marshall devoted his life to the pursuit of a more just world. Brian Marable (Skeleton Crew) brings Marshall's signature poise, wit, and storytelling skill to this captivating one-man play.
Recommended for ages 10+ due to language. Run time is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
Masks are required at matinee performances of Thurgood. At evening performances, they are recommended, but optional. If you already have a ticket and would like to switch into a performance with different masking requirements, please contact the Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-644-3500 for a free exchange.
Join us to hear local activist-historian Penny Washington discuss the importance and relevance of the Brown v. Board of Education decision in our own region. This 45 minute pre-show conversation takes the form of a 30 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute Q&A in the upper lobby of the Leonard C. Haas Stage.
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Wednesday, March 15 at 1pm
Relaxed Performances offer a judgment-free environment that invites individuals with autism, ADD, ADHD, dementia, and other sensory sensitivities to enjoy theatre in a relaxed, “shush-free” zone—a great option for parents with young children, too. For each Relaxed Performance, we offer a pre-show Sensory Tour, during which patrons are able to enter the theatre space, view the set and props, and ask questions. This RP features ASL interpretation, and audio description is available upon request.
Sunday, March 12 at 2pm
This performance features American Sign Language interpretation provided by Hands UP Productions. Audio description, provided by Nicole Sardella, is available upon request during this performance. This is also a Relaxed Performance.
Sunday, March 12 at 2pm
During every performance this week, dialogue appears on an LED screen placed near the stage to benefit patrons with hearing impairments, as well as English language learners.
Our Smart Caption Glasses offer immersive, real-time captioning for live theatre. These revolutionary glasses display a synchronized transcript of the play directly on the lenses, and are customizable for your comfort.
Glasses are available to reserve for select performances of Thurgood
To expand access to our work, we offer 50%-off Access Nights throughout the season. The discount is automatic for this performance, no promo code required.
Friday, February 24 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30pm
Stay after the performance for a moderated panel discussion in the theatre! Free with ticket purchase for performances on March 4 and 11.
Educating Black Leaders: Cheyney & Lincoln Universities in Conversation
March 4, 3:40pm
Racial (In)Justice in Chester County: Civil Rights past, present, and future
March 11, 3:45pm
Broad Street Review: Equal Justice Under The Law: People’s Light presents George Stevens Jr’s Thurgood
“In director Steve H. Broadnax III’s hands, the original script remains entertaining, lighthearted, and educational, lightly balancing racial denigration with humor.”
People’s Light celebrates Thurgood Marshall with latest show
"Marable’s take on Broadnax III’s vision ... comes with trust and a level of partnership meant to spotlight the Supreme Court character’s life with an eye toward magnifying the most dynamic aspects of truth and justice."
People’s Light: Experience the Life of Thurgood Marshall
“Brian makes Marshall personable and embodies him with such humanity that it gives audiences the opportunity to put themselves in his shoes. "
Steve H. Broadnax III