Kevin Spacey stars in Clarence Darrow, an acclaimed solo show written by David W. Rintels and directed by Thea Sharrock. First presented at the Old Vic Theater in London, it now comes to New York for a unique two-night event at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Spacey first came across the play Clarence Darrow when he was in high school. The one-man show made its Broadway premiere at the Helen Hays Theatre in 1974. The real Clarence Darrow was a courageous man at the turn of the nineteenth century. He was a lawyer who steadfastly accepted cases nobody would take, fighting on behalf of the underdog and standing up for labor unions as well as being a staunch opponent of the death penalty during a career that spanned over 40 years. Through his dignity, intelligence, and logic, he often managed to convince judges and jurors to change their view, shift their prejudice, and opt for a humane punishment on behalf of those he defended. Spacey brings Darrow to life over the course of 90 minutes in which Darrow, with his legendary wit, relives some of his extraordinary experiences and infamous trials that established his reputation as a courtroom giant and civil rights hero.