WASHINGTON (AP) — The drama of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will reach the Washington theater stage with a new play premiering next year.

Arena Stage announced Wednesday that it will host the premiere of the new political drama “The Originalist” by Washington playwright John Strand in 2015 with a story about “one of America’s most brilliant and polarizing figures.” It follows a liberal law clerk from Harvard who finds Scalia to be both infuriating and an unexpected mentor.

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The play focuses in part on the Supreme Court’s decision last year striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act to allow federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Scalia was a leading voice of dissent in the case.

It’s rare for the theater to focus on the work of a sitting Supreme Court justice. The new play is scheduled to run in March and April of 2015.

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Arena announced its full 2014-15 season, which includes five new plays, two musicals and a commission of 25 writers reflecting on the legacy of the Civil War. The centerpiece may be a revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” opening in October to celebrate the musical’s 50th anniversary.

Arena also will bring the 2013 Tony Award-winning best play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” to Washington.

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