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Geffen Playhouse Reaches into the Community with George Stevens, Jr.’s Bio-Drama

LOS ANGELES, August 5, 2010 — In a special evening celebrating the closing night of Thurgood, the Geffen Playhouse is partnering with an organization closely connected to the subject matter of George Stevens, Jr.’s play: the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which develops and prepares a new generation of leaders by providing leadership development, scholarships, resources, opportunities and advocacy to public historically Black colleges & universities, students and alumni.


Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Thurgood Marshall College Fund as well as the Geffen Playhouse’s education and outreach programs. Special guests for the evening and post-show toast will be actor Laurence Fishburne, President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Johnny C. Taylor Jr. and son of the late Justice Thurgood Marshall, John Marshall. The benefit and the closing night of Thurgood will take place on Sunday August 8.


“For the past 15 years, Geffen Playhouse has attracted scores of patrons beyond the walls of its Los Angeles community and brought life to theatrical productions that impart wisdom and impact lives,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is honored to partner with Geffen Playhouse on the closing night of the award-winning play Thurgood. We all share the enormous contributions that Justice Thurgood Marshall made to the nation and it is fitting to preserve his legacy through the arts.”


Featuring Laurence Fishburne as Thurgood Marshall, this award-winning production is an extended monologue retelling the life of the ground-breaking lawyer. From arguing the 1954 landmark case Brown v. Board of Education to becoming the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall’s tenacious advocacy broke open the civil rights movement, paving the way for the young African-American leaders of our future. Fishburne’s acclaimed Broadway performance of Thurgood earned him a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, as well as a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.


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The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was established in 1987 and represents 47 public historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and 6 law schools located in 22 states and the US Virgin Islands with a population of over 235,000 students. Over the last 23 years, TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in leadership development, programmatic and capacity support, and scholarships enabling more than 18,000 students to attend public HBCUs. It is the only national organization of its type that provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s public HBCUs. TMCF also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. TMCF is a 501(c) (3), tax-exempt organization. Please visit the Thurgood Marshall College Fund at



The Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and musicals, the Geffen Playhouse continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company is helmed by Producing Director and President of the Board Gilbert Cates, Artistic Director Randall Arney, Managing Director Ken Novice and Chairman of the Board Frank Mancuso. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen Playhouse welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to engage young people and the community at large in the arts. For more information, please visit