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Laurence Fishburne stars in Thurgood February 23

HBO Films' special presentation of George Steven Jr.'s play "Thurgood", the acclaimed one-man show based on the life of civil rights pioneer and Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, starring Laurence Fishburne, debuts February 24, 2011 on HBO during Black History Month.

THURGOOD, filmed in front of a live audience at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C., will debut THURSDAY, FEB. 24 (9:00-10:45 p.m. ET/PT) during Black History Month, exclusively on HBO.

The one-man play stars Laurence Fishburne in his Tony-nominated performance as Thurgood Marshall, the remarkable Civil Rights lawyer and Supreme Court Justice. THURGOOD was written by Academy Award® and Emmy Award winner George Stevens, Jr.; directed by Emmy Award winner Michael Stevens; and executive produced by Bill Haber.

Other HBO playdates: Feb. 24 (3:55 a.m.) and 27 (11:45 a.m.)

Told in the first person by Fishburne in the role of Marshall, THURGOOD is a compelling present-tense narration revisiting the turning points in his life and career as he remembers them. Recalling childhood stories of his family and home life in Baltimore, to his college days in North Carolina as an aspiring lawyer, Marshall recollects his triumphs over adversity to pursue a successful career in the judicial system fighting for human rights.

Establishing benchmarks in Civil Rights advancement, Marshall tried the historic case of Brown vs. Board of Education before the Supreme Court, successfully challenging the unconstitutional segregation of black and white students in public schools. His achievements eventually led him to become the first African-American to serve as a Supreme Court Justice.

George Stevens, Jr. is best known for such film and TV work as the Emmy winners “Separate But Equal,” starring Sidney Poitier and “The Murder of Mary Phagan,” starring Jack Lemmon. “The Thin Red Line,” executive produced by Stevens, was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. THURGOOD, his playwriting debut, originally ran at the prestigious Booth Theater on Broadway in April 2008.

Michael Stevens was associate producer on the “The Thin Red Line” and has produced and directed two independent features, including “Sin,” with Gary Oldman and Ving Rhames. He is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, two of them consecutive victories for the “Kennedy Center Honors” as outstanding television special. Stevens produced HBO’s presentation of “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial” and most recently was nominated for a Grammy Award for producing Bettye LaVette’s “Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook.”

In addition to starring in such notable films as “Othello” and “The Matrix” trilogy, Laurence Fishburne has a long list of stage credits, including “Fences,” “The Lion in Winter” and “Two Trains Running,” for which he won a Tony Award.

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