Lawrence Wright's Solo Play About Gaza Crisis, The Human Scale, Will Play Tel Aviv

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and playwright Lawrence Wright's The Human Scale, which takes an unflinching look at the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, will play Tel Aviv's Cameri Theatre beginning May 18.

The Public Theater and 3-Legged Dog, which staged the work Off-Broadway in fall 2010, have been invited to present Wright's solo play, which will play a limited run through May 21. It will be presented in English with Hebrew translation and marks the first American production to play the Cameri in its 66-year history.

The artists will also visit theatres and artists in the Palestine-occupied territories on the West Bank following the Tel Aviv run.

Public artistic director Oskar Eustis directs the 90-minute piece, which has video design by Aaron Harrow; scenic consultation by David Korins; lighting design by Deb Sullivan; sound design by Matt Hubbs; and music by Michael Friedman.

The Human Scale is a follow-up to Wright's My Trip to Al-Qaeda, which was made into an Academy Award-winning documentary film.

"We are honored and humbled to bring The Human Scale to The Cameri,” Eustis said in a statement. "We look forward to this being an important step forward in our dialogue with Mideast artists and audiences." 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 received a Tony Award, with The Public, for producing the 2009 revival of Hair and was lead producer on the Broadway productions of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Merchant of Venice. He currently serves as professor of dramatic writing and arts and public policy at NYU.


Lawrence Wright in <i>The Human Scale</i>, directed by Oskar Eustis and co-produced by The Public Theater and 3-Legged Dog
Lawrence Wright in The Human Scale, directed by Oskar Eustis and co-produced by The Public Theater and 3-Legged Dog Photo by Joan Marcus
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