New play brings Supreme Court Justice Scalia to the stage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actor Edward Gero has spent a lot of time in court over the past year — the Supreme Court to be exact — watching, studying and listening to one justice in particular.

Beginning Friday, Gero takes on the role of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a new play examining one of the court’s most conservative and polarizing characters. “The Originalist” delves into some of the biggest issues and court dramas of this era, from gun rights to gay marriage.

The play begins previews Friday at Washington’s Arena Stage and will run March 19 through April 26. It promises a unique mix of politics and entertainment.

For Gero, it’s about capturing one character while he has the rare opportunity to bring a sitting, political figure to the stage.