The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) and the Donmar Warehouse (Artistic Director, Josie Rourke; Executive Producer, Kate Pakenham) will present PRIVACY, a new play co-created and written by Olivier nominated playwright James Graham, and co-created and directed by Olivier Award winner Josie Rourke. Graham and Rourke’s most recent collaboration, The Vote, a play for theatre and television, has just been nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Award. As part of Oskar Eustis’ 10th Anniversary season at The Public, PRIVACY is a timely exploration of the digital age that will feature a cast of seven, including Daniel Radcliffe as “The Writer.” PRIVACY will begin previews for a limited engagement on Tuesday, July 5 and run through Sunday, August 7 in the Newman Theater, with an official press opening on Monday, July 18 2016.
“Privacy is delightful and chilling, incredibly friendly, and profoundly thoughtful,” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “James Graham is quietly becoming one of our bravest playwrights, and Josie Rourke is a director, and leader, to be reckoned with. This first-time collaboration between The Public and the Donmar Warehouse is, we hope, the start of something wonderful. I’m thrilled to welcome them.”
“Privacy has at its heart a debate about modern life and we at the Donmar Warehouse cannot therefore think of a better partner than The Public Theater to bring this new play to American audiences,” said Director Josie Rourke. “James and I have been across the U.S. interviewing everyone from politicians, historians, campaigners – even an etiquette expert – about American attitudes to privacy. The show is a risk-taking, fun, and stimulating piece of theatre, that we hope pushes at the boundaries of audience experience. We’re thrilled to be working with this exceptional company and world-class theater, The Public, to share this play with New York.”
In addition to Daniel Radcliffe as “The Writer,” the cast will include De’Adre Aziza, Raffi Barsoumian, Michael Countryman, Rachel Dratch, and Reg Rogers, playing an ensemble of real-life high profile politicians, journalists and technologists who have all contributed exclusively to the show.
Daniel Radcliffe is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The productions gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistant of this production.
Inspired by the revelations of Edward Snowden, PRIVACY explores our complicated relationship with technology and data through the funny and heart-breaking travails of a lonely guy (Daniel Radcliffe), who arrives in the city to figure out how to like, tag, and share his life without giving it all away. The play uncovers what our technological choices reveal about who we are, what we want and who’s keeping track of it all.
This provocative theatrical event will ask audiences to charge their phones, leave them ON during the performance and to embark on a fascinating dive online and into a new reality where we’re all connected…for better or worse.
“Personal privacy in the modern age – when all our wants and fears can be monitored and monetized as we share more than we have before – is, I believe, one of the most crucial issue of our time,” said Playwright James Graham. “I can’t think of a more appropriate venue to launch Privacy than – paradoxically – The ‘Public’; to get people together in a physical space to discuss both the opportunities and the perils of this new technology and our life online. And by incorporating our audience’s phones into the show itself, rather than denying their existence, we’re hoping to create an experience and stimulate a debate unlike anything people may expect from a play.”
Public Theater Member and Partner tickets will be available later this month, and they will be notified when their priority ordering period begins. Single tickets, starting at $80, will be available on Tuesday, May 24 and can be accessed by visiting www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. The Library at The Public is open nightly for food and drinks, beginning at 5:00 p.m., and Joe’s Pub at The Public continues to offer some of the best music in the city.
JAMES GRAHAM (Co-Creator/Playwright). His work includes The Vote at London’s Donmar Warehouse, broadcast live nationwide on television on the night of the 2015 UK election, to an audience of half a million and nominated for a BAFTA; the book for Finding Neverland, now on Broadway; This House at the National Theatre in 2012, nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Play and screened worldwide as part of National Theatre Live; and The Whisky Taster in 2010 at the Bush Theatre. His first feature film X + Y (A Brilliant Young Mind in the U.S.) was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival and London Film Festival in 2014.
JOSIE ROURKE (Co-Creator/Director) is the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse where she has directed Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which was broadcast live in cinemas around the world in partnership with National Theatre Live and nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival; The Vote, which was broadcast live nationwide on television on the night of the 2015 UK election to an audience of half a million and nominated for a BAFTA; City of Angels, which received the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival; Coriolanus, which was broadcast live in cinemas in partnership with National Theatre Live and for which Tom Hiddleston won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor; The Weir, which transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre; The Machine at Manchester International Festival and at Park Avenue Armory, New York; Berenice; The Physicists; The Recruiting Officer; Frame 312; World Music; and The Cryptogram.
Her additional theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham’s Theatre, nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival; Men Should Weep at the National Theatre; Twelfth Night at Chicago Shakespeare; Crazyblackmuthafuckin’self, Loyal Women at the Royal Court; King John at the Royal Shakespeare Company; and The Long and the Short and the Tall, Kick for Touch at Sheffield Theatres.
DE’ADRE AZIZA has appeared at The Public in the Shakespeare in the Park production of The Comedy of Errors, as well as Detroit ’67, and Passing Strange. Her Broadway credits include A Night With Janis Joplin, Passing Strange, and Women On The Verge… Her additional Off-Broadway credits include Piece of My Heart, Doris To Darlene, Macbeth, Dream On Monkey Mountain, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regionally she has appeared in Paradise Blue and Johnny Baseball at Williamstown, Passing Strange, The Hot L Baltimore, Good Goods. Her film and television credits include In The Morning, Passing Strange, Red Hook Summer, Miracle at St. Anna, In The Morning, “The Breaks”, “Master of None,” “Person of Interest,” “The Good Wife,” “Madame Secretary,” “30 Rock,” “666 Park Avenue,” “Ugly Americans,” “Sex and the City.” Concerts: Ask Your Mama (Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl). She is a Tony and two-time Audelco nominee; Theater World, and Obie Award winner.
RAFFI BARSOUMIAN previously appeared at The Public as the title role in the Mobile Unit’s Pericles. His additional New York credits include King Lear and Arok of Java for Exit, Pursued By a Bear; regionally he has appeared in Guards At The Taj at The Geffen Playhouse; The Count Of Monte Cristo, Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear, Cymbeline, Troilus and Cressida, and Henry V at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Red Noses at The Actor’s Gang; Sedimenti with Compagnie Du Faubourg; The Taming of the Shew and The Merchant of Venice at the American Shakespeare Center; and Restoration Comedy and Don Juan at Stanford Theater. His television credits include “The Vampire Diaries,” and “NCIS.”
MICHAEL COUNTRYMAN has appeared on Broadway in Wit, Mary Stuart, Night Must Fall, Holiday, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, A Few Good Men, and Face Value. His recent Off-Broadway credits include The Open House, for which he received a Drama Desk Award; Dancing at Lughnasa; Bluebird; The New York Idea; Equivocation; Shipwrecked!; Trumpery; Mary Rose; The Bald Soprano; His film and television credits include Spotlight; Burn After Reading; P.S. I Love You; Che!; The Namesake; Squid and the Whale; Loopy; You Can Count on Me; Ransom; “The Path”; “Boardwalk Empire,” earning him a SAG Award nomination; “The Americans”; “Elementary”; “John Adams; “The Sopranos”; “NYPD Blue”; “Law & Order”; “Third Watch”; “Kate and Allie”; among others.
RACHEL DRATCH was most recently seen in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Love’s Labor’s Lost. She is perhaps best known for her seven years on “Saturday Night Live,” where she created many memorable characters including “Debbie Downer.” After leaving the show she appeared on the NBC series “30 Rock” created by her Second City and SNL co-star Tina Fey and had great guest appearances on “Up All Night,” “Suburgatory,” “The Middle,” “Broad City,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” and most recently on “Parks and Recreation.” Dratch has appeared in the Adam Sandler films That’s My Boy, Just Go With It, Click and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and opposite Parker Posey and Amy Poehler in Spring Breakdown. Her most recent film, The Grief of Others, recently premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. She has also lent her voice to Seth Meyer’s Hulu series “The Awesomes,” Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers” and “The Cleveland Show,” as well as Disney Channel’s “Fish Hooks” and the upcoming “Pickle and Peanut.” She received rave reviews for her portrayal of all the female parts in the play TAIL! SPIN! Off-Broadway last year. She is the author of the memoir Girl Walks Into A Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and Midlife Miracle published in 2012. Most recently, she was seen in Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of the David Lindsay-Abaire play, Ripcord under the direction of David Hyde Pierce. She was also featured in Universal’s Sisters with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
DANIEL RADCLIFFE will be seen next in the feature films Now You See Me Two: The Second Act and Swiss Army Man. He just wrapped the survivalist film Jungle. Last year he completed production on the independent Imperium, a thriller about white supremacists in America. He was most recently seen in the film Victor Frankenstein and the BBC telefilm “The Gamechangers.” In 2014, he starred in the horror-thriller Horns, and the romantic comedy What If. Previously he starred in Sony Pictures Classics’ Kill Your Darlings. On stage, he starred as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece.
The play made its way to Broadway from London’s West End, where it debuted the summer of 2013. Since completing the final installment in the series of eight Harry Potter films in 2010, Radcliffe has continued to prove himself a diverse talent. In 2011, he starred in a 10 month sell-out run of the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In 2012 Radcliffe starred in the horror/thriller The Woman in Black. Ovation aired two seasons of Radcliffe’s TV mini-series, “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” a comedy drama based on a collection of short stories by celebrated Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov and co-starring Jon Hamm. Radcliffe starred as Alan Strang, in both the 2007 West End and 2008 Broadway productions of Peter Shaffer’s Equus. The London and Broadway productions of Equus were directed by Thea Sharrock and also starred Richard Griffiths. A lifelong fan of “The Simpsons,” Radcliffe has lent his voice twice to the show. First, to the character of a brooding vampire named Edmund for the show’s “Treehouse of Horror XXI” special, entitled “Tweenlight,” which aired November 2010. He then voiced the character Diggs, a new transfer student whom Bart befriends. Previously, Radcliffe made a guest appearance as himself in the HBO/BBC series “Extras.” He recently lent his voice to “Robot Chicken” and “BoJack Horseman.”
REG ROGERS has appeared at The Public in the Shakespeare in the Park productions of Measure for Measure and All’s Well That Ends Well. His additional New York credits include the revival of You Can’t Take it With You; The Big Knife by Clifford Odets; A Free Man of Color by John Guare; The Royal Family, earning him an Outer Critics Circle nomination; The Pain and the Itch by Bruce Norris; Back at Leipzig by Itamar Moses; Richard Greenberg’s Hurrah at Last and The Dazzle, earning him Obie and Lucille Lortel Award; Cellini by John Patrick Shanley and Holiday, earning him a Tony and Drama Desk Award nomination.
PRIVACY begins previews in The Public’s Newman Theater on Tuesday, July 5 and will run through Sunday, August 7, with an official press opening on Monday, July 18.