Lawrence Wright's The Human Scale, With Gaza in the Balance, Opens Oct. 7

News   Lawrence Wright's The Human Scale, With Gaza in the Balance, Opens Oct. 7
The Human Scale, the latest work by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and playwright Lawrence Wright, officially opens Oct. 7 at the 3LD Art and Technology Center.

Lawrence Wright
Lawrence Wright Photo by Joan Marcus

Wright follows up his last work, My Trip to Al-Qaeda, with a solo piece exploring the conflict in Gaza; performances began Oct. 2. Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis, who shepherded Human Scale in developmental performances at Joe's Pub earlier this year, again directs.

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 previous 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 premiered on HBO on Sept. 7.

The Human Scale has 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.

Performances continue through Oct. 31. For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.

The 3LD Art and Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street in Manhattan.

Lawrence Wright
Lawrence Wright Photo by Joan Marcus
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