The Public Theater has confirmed that Edward Snowden will guest star in every performance of Privacy via a pre-recorded video. The co-production with Donmar Warehouse is inspired by a post-Snowden view on privacy and technology, and encourages the use of cell phones during the show.
Snowden made international headlines in 2013 when he copied and leaked classified National Security Agency documents. His actions shed light on issues of government secrecy and surveillance and fueled worldwide debates on the matter of informational privacy.
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Privacy will begin performances July 2 and officially open July 18. The boundary-pushing work is co-created by James Graham and Josie Rourke, and is set to play through August 14 in the Public's Newman Theater.
Radcliffe stars as “The Writer” and is joined by fellow cast members De’Adre Aziza, Raffi Barsoumian, Michael Countryman, Rachel Dratch and Reg Rogers, playing an ensemble of real-life politicians, journalists and technologists who have all contributed to the show.
Here’s how the theatre bills the new play: “Privacy explores our complicated relationship with technology and data through the funny and heart-breaking travails of a lonely guy (Radcliffe), who arrives in the city to figure out how to like, tag, and share his life without giving it all away. The play uncovers what our technological choices reveal about who we are, what we want and who’s keeping track of it all. This provocative theatrical event will ask audiences to charge their phones, leave them ON during the performance and to embark on a fascinating dive online and into a new reality where we’re all connected…for better or worse.”
Tickets are available by calling (212) 967-7555, publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street, Manhattan.