Photo Preview: The Public Presents THE HUMAN SCALE
The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director) and 3-Legged Dog will present THE HUMAN SCALE, an unsparing and graphic exploration of the ongoing crisis in Gaza. Written and performed by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright and directed by Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, THE HUMAN SCALE will premiere as part of The New Yorker Festival on Saturday, October 2 and continue performances through Sunday, October 31 at 3LD Art and Technology Center (80 Greenwich Street), with an official press opening on Thursday, October 7.
Following up on his essay "Captives" published in the November 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. 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, which will premiere on HBO on September 7.
"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. This is theater that must be seen," said Director Oskar Eustis.
THE HUMAN SCALE will feature lighting design by Deb Sullivan; video design by Aaron Harrow; sound design by Matt Hubbs; and scenic consultation by David Korins.
Lawrence Wright (Author/Performer) 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, at The New Yorker Festival, and then enjoyed a sold-out six-week run at the Culture Project. It was made into a documentary film, directed by Alex Gibney who won the 2008 Academy Award for Feature Documentary, and will air on HBO in September, 2010. 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.
Oskar Eustis (Director) 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 LA's Mark Taper Forum as associate artistic director, where he remained until 1994, before serving as artistic director at Trinity Rep for 11 years. At The Public, Eustis staged the 2008 Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet, featuring Michael Stuhlbarg and Sam Waterston, and the New York premiere of The Ruby Sunrise by Rinne Groff. At Trinity Rep, he directed the world premiere of The Ruby Sunrise, as well as Tony Kushner's Angels in America (earning the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for Part 1), Kushner's Homebody/Kabul (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production), and the world premiere of The Long Christmas Ride Home by Paula Vogel (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production). He has directed premieres for 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. Eustis was a professor of theatre, speech, and dance at Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Trinity Rep/Brown University Consortium for professional theatre training. He received an honorary doctorate from Brown in 2001; an Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Achievement in 2005; and 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.
3-Legged Dog Media + Theater Group owns and operates 3LD Art & Technology Center where it produces new, original works in theater, 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. With this residency program 3-Legged Dog has transformed a tightly knit producing company into an international community that directly facilitates the work of approximately 650 artists a year from 23 countries around the world.3-Legged Dog's own productions and installations have been seen at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Venice Biennale, Signature Theatre, The Kitchen, PS 122, La Mama, the Ontological Theater, and at their home 3LD Art & Technology Center. In 2011, 3-Legged Dog productions, Losing Something and Fire Island will be featured at the Prague Quadrennial Exhibition of Performance Design. The company has won numerous awards including the American Theater Wing's Hewes Design Award and The Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund Award.
The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director) was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation's preeminent cultural institutions, 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. Each year, over 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe's Pub, and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public has won 42 Tony Awards, 151 Obies, 41 Drama Desk Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. The Public has brought 54 shows to Broadway, including Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; A Chorus Line; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tempest; Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk; On the Town; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Well; Passing Strange; the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair; and this fall, the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the 2010 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice. www.publictheater.org.
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All tickets for THE HUMAN SCALE are $30 with the exception of The New Yorker Festival performance on Saturday, October 2, which is $35. Single tickets for performances October 3 to October 31 go on sale on Tuesday, August 31 at (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Public Theater Box Office.
3LD Art and Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich St. The nearest subway stops are the R and 1 at Rector St., or the 4 or 5 at Wall Street.
For The New Yorker Festival performance on October 2 only, tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 10 at newyorker.com/festival or at (800) 440-6974.
The performance schedule for THE HUMAN SCALE is Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. There are no performances on Saturday, October 9; Wednesday, October 13; Tuesday, October 19; or Wednesday, October 20. On Sunday, October 3, there will be a 7 p.m. performance only. There will be a performance on Monday, October 11 at 8 p.m.
Photo credit: Kevin Yatarola