Lawrence Wright's The Human Scale, a Video-Enhanced Look at Gaza, Will Premiere in NYC

News   Lawrence Wright's The Human Scale, a Video-Enhanced Look at Gaza, Will Premiere in NYC
 
The Human Scale, a one-man exploration of the conflict in Gaza, written and performed by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, will get a 31-performance run produced by The Public Theater and 3-Legged Dog.

Directed by Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis, who shepherded the work in developmental performances at Joe's Pub earlier this year, The Human Scale will premiere as part of The New Yorker Festival on Oct. 2 and continue through Oct. 31 at 3LD Art and Technology Center (80 Greenwich Street) in Manhattan. The official opening is Oct. 7.

Here's how the current-events piece is billed: "Following up on his essay 'Captives,' published in the Nov. 9, 2009, issue of The New Yorker, Wright performs his newest piece, The Human Scale, about one of the most searing political conflicts of our day. Wright's last play, My Trip to Al-Qaeda, premiered at The New Yorker Festival in 2006 and then enjoyed a sold-out run at The Culture Project."

"Larry Wright is one of America's greatest reporters and The Human Scale is an incredibly powerful portrait of one of the world's most crucial places," Eustis said in a statement. "This is theatre that must be seen."

My Trip to Al-Qaeda has been made into a documentary film, directed by Alex Gibney, who won the 2008 Academy Award for Feature Documentary. The film will premiere on HBO on Sept. 7.

The Human Scale will feature video design by Aaron Harrow; scenic consultation by David Korins; lighting design by Deb Sullivan; and sound design by Matt Hubbs. Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright and a staff writer for The New Yorker. He joined the staff of The New Yorker in 1992, where his work has won the National Magazine Award for Reporting as well as the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism, and Overseas Press Club's Ed Cunningham Award for Best Magazine Reporting. Wright is the co-writer (with Ed Zwick and Menno Meyjes) of the film "The Siege," starring Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis and Annette Bening. He also wrote the script of the Showtime movie, "Noriega: God's Favorite," directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Bob Hoskins. His history of Al-Qaeda, "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," was published to immediate and widespread acclaim, spending eight weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and being translated into 25 languages. It won the Lionel Gelber Award for nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Award for History, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. In 2006, he premiered his one-man play, My Trip to Al-Qaeda. Wright has published six previous books: "City Children, Country Summer"; "In the New World: Growing Up with America, 1960 – 1984"; "Saints & Sinners"; "Remembering Satan"; "Twins: Genes, Environment, and the Mystery of Identity"; and "God's Favorite." Wright is a fellow at the NYU Law School's Center on Law and Security and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Eustis has been the artistic director of The Public Theater since 2005. From 1981 through 1986, he was resident director and dramaturg at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco, and artistic director until 1989. Then he moved to L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum as associate artistic director, where he remained until 1994, before serving as artistic director at Trinity Rep for 11 years. He has directed premieres for Rinne Groff, Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, Eduardo Machado, Ellen McLaughlin, and Suzan-Lori Parks, among many others. Along with Tony Taccone, he commissioned Angels in America at the Eureka and directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. He recived a Tony Award, with The Public, for producing the 2009 revival of Hair. He currently serves as professor of dramatic writing and arts and public policy at NYU.

The performance schedule for The Human Scale is Tuesday through Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM and 7 PM. There are no performances on Oct. 9, Oct. 13, Oct. 19 or Oct. 20. On Oct. 3, there will be a 7 PM performance only. There will be a performance on Oct. 11 at 8 PM.

All tickets are $30 with the exception of The New Yorker Festival performance on Oct. 2, which is $35. Single tickets for performances Oct. 3-31 go on sale on Aug. 31 at (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Public Theater Box Office.

For The New Yorker Festival performance on Oct. 2 only, tickets will go on sale Sept. 10 at newyorker.com/festival or at (800) 440-6974.

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3-Legged Dog Media + Theater Group owns and operates 3LD Art & Technology Center where "it produces new, original works in theatre, performance, media and hybrid forms." Their mission is "to explore the narrative possibilities created by digital technology, and to provide an environment for curated resident artists to create new tools and modes of expression so that they can excel across a range of disciplines."

The Public Theater was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation's major resident theatre companies, producing new plays, musicals and productions of classics at its downtown headquarters and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public's mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day onstage and through extensive outreach and education programs. Visit www.publictheater.org.

Lawrence Wright in <i>The Human Scale</i>
Lawrence Wright in The Human Scale Photo by Kevin Yatarola
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