Posted January 30, 2007

Black history month: Theater prof’s play honors Marshall

Charles Dumas
Image courtesy Charles Dumas
Charles Dumas, director of Temple’s Acting in Media program, says that Thurgood Marshall, the attorney and former U.S. Supreme Court justice who helped end segregation, “was responsible for more progressive change than any other American — and yet many Americans know so little about him.”

To honor Marshall, he wrote A Visit with Mr. Justice Marshall on the 38th Anniversary of the Brown Decision, a play that draws on his years of experience as a civil rights activist, lawyer, writer, director and actor.

The play tells the story of an ambitious but jaded young reporter who lands an interview with the aging Marshall.

“In Africa, they say that by speaking the name of our ancestor we do them honor, but by telling their stories, we do them greater honor,” Dumas said. “That why I’m in this business. We are the storytellers, and Thurgood Marshall was one of my heroes.”


Dumas will present a free staged reading of excerpts from A Visit with Mr. Justice Marshall with Temple faculty and students at the Beasley School of Law. The reading is co-sponsored by the Beasley School of Law and produced by Loaves and Fish Traveling Repertory in cooperation with Temple Theaters.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m.

Where: Moot Court Room, Klein Law Building.