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Westport preems solo ‘Thurgood’

Helmer Foglia, Jones collaborated on 'Pond'

Tony winner James Earl Jones will portray U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the world premiere of “Thurgood,” running April 30-May 14 at the Westport Country Playhouse.

Scripted by Emmy and Peabody Award winner George Stevens Jr., solo play concerns the life of the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court. Director Leonard Foglia previously collaborated with Jones on the actor’s most recent Broadway outing, last year’s revival of “On Golden Pond.”

Appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to the court in 1967, Marshall retired from the high bench in 1991 and died in 1993.

Show is presented by the Playhouse with Boyett Ostar Prods. The engagement is an off-subscription gig at the newly renovated, now year-round theater, which is launching its first slate of shows under new artistic director Tazewell Thompson in June. No commercial plans beyond Westport have been announced.

Tickets for the production are available now only to those who subscribe to the 2006 season, beginning in June; tickets will be released to the general public starting April 19.