Pittsburgh's Montae Russell Stars as Thurgood Marshall

Directed by Ted Pappas, Montae Russell stars as our first African-American Supreme Court Justice in this play by George Stevens, Jr. 

Pittsburgh Public Theater's MADE IN AMERICA season continues with George Stevens, Jr.'s one-man play Thurgood. Directed by Ted Pappas, Pittsburgh native Montae Russell stars as Thurgood Marshall. Thurgood runs March 7 - April 7, 2013 at the O'Reilly Theater.

Presented by  
Production Co-Sponsors 
                                          Randi & L. Van V. Dauler, Jr.

In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. In Thurgood, he tells us his life story: from humble beginnings in Baltimore, through landmark civil rights legislation, followed by his triumphant rise to the highest court in the land. A journey of epic proportions, Thurgood is an eye-opening, humorous, and uplifting portrait of a true American hero. 

Thurgood ran on Broadway at the Booth Theater and its production at the Kennedy Center, starring Laurence Fishburne, was filmed for HBO. The design team for Pittsburgh Public Theater's production is James Noone (Scenic), Kate Mitchell (Costumes), Larry Shea (Projections), Phil Monat (Lighting), and Zach Moore (Sound). Ruth E. Kramer is the Production Stage Manager; Alicia DeMara is the Assistant Stage Manager. 

About the Performer
A native of Pittsburgh, Montae Russell attended Barrett Middle School, Steel Valley High School, and the University of Pittsburgh. Since then he has performed on Broadway and at theaters around the country. Among his numerous film and television appareances is the recurring role of Dwight Zadro on the series "ER." This will be his sixth show at Pittsburgh Public Theater. 

About the Playwright
George Stevens, Jr. is a writer, director and producer whos award include 15 Emmys, the Paul Slevin Award for writing that embodies civil rights and liberties, and an Honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement. His television events include "The Kennedy Center Honors," the mini-series "Separate But Equal," starring Sidney Poitier and Burt Lancaster, and the documentary "George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin," about the wartime experiences of his father. Founder of the American Film Institute, his books include Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age and Conversations with the Great Moviemakers - The Next Generation. In 2009 he was named by Barack Obama as co-chair of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. 

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
March 7 - April 7

Performance Schedule

  • Tuesdays at 7pm
  • Wednesday thru Saturday at 8pm (except Wednesday, March 20)
  • Saturday at 2pm (except March 9 and March 16)
  • Thursday, April 4 at 2pm
  • Sundays at 2pm & 7pm (except Sunday, April 7 when the final performance is at 2pm)

Ticket Prices: 
$23-55. Students 26 and younger, $15.75 with valid ID.

For tickets, call 412.316.1600 or Buy Online