By Michael Gioia
13 Mar 2013
Concetta Tomei (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Elephant Man, Goodbye Fidel, Noises Off) stars in the title role with Marjan Neshat (The Seagull with Dianne Wiest) as Miryam.
With Fallaci, according to producers, "Wright turns the spotlight on a fellow reporter and her fascinating contradictions. Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci was larger than life. Her childhood courage resisting the Nazis fueled her work as a war correspondent with an antiauthoritarian zeal that perfectly matched the ’60s and '70s. She gained fame by grilling Kissinger, Castro, Khomeini, Qadaffi, and other public figures who squirmed under her ferocious questioning. In this world premiere, a young woman interviews the fiery author at the end of her life, when she became a darling of the right. What begins as a discussion of journalism ends with two women exchanging life-changing lessons about destiny and empathy."
Wright is an award-winning journalist, author, screenwriter and playwright who has written four previous plays. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992, where he won two National Magazine Awards for reporting. He is the author of eight books, including "The Looming Tower," which won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, and "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief." His other plays include Cracker Jack, Sonny's Last Shot, My Trip to al-Qaeda and The Human Scale.
Other members of the creative team include Robin Wagner (scenic design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Michael Chybowski (lighting design), ACME Sound Partners (sound designer) and Angela Nostrand (production stage manager).
Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Roda Theatre is located at 2015 Addison Street at Shattuck in Berkeley, CA. For more information and tickets, call (510) 647-2949 or visit BerkeleyRep.org.