August 26, 2016

Wright Talks Terror on NPR’s All Things Considered

Don’t miss Wright’s recent appearance on NPR’s news show, All Things Considered

POSTED IN: In the News, Middle East
June 24, 2015

New Yorker: The Families of the ISIS hostages in Syria

A Note from Lawrence Wright

My piece on the five families of reporters and aid workers captured in Syria. Most emotional piece I've ever done:

POSTED IN: Middle East
September 09, 2014

Wright on the New Yorker Blog: The Saudis and a 9/11 Mystery

Why are twenty-eight pages of Congress’s report on the attacks still classified?

April 23, 2014

Interview with Assharq al-Awsat

Wright sat down with Assharq al-Awsat, the leading Arabic language paper. The interview is only available in Arabic. 

April 02, 2014

American Theatre Tells How ‘Camp David’ Came to Life

The April issue of American Theatre magazine profiles Wright and explores how the new play, Camp David, came to life. 

Each of Wright’s plays has been “a big step forward,” [Oskar] Eustis remarks. When playwrights create drama from journalism, “the biggest hurdle is demonstrating to people that the theatre has something to add to this discussion. And there are few people who are better qualified to do that than Larry.”

April 02, 2014

Curtain Rises for ‘Camp David’

A Note from Lawrence Wright

We open “Camp David” tomorrow night, with President and Ms. Carter in attendance, along with Jehan Sadat.

Maximum pressure on the actors. And the playwright!

March 24, 2014

Jewish Daily Forward Previews ‘Camp David’

“Nations don’t make peace, people do. That fundamental rule of foreign policy is at the crux of Camp David, Lawrence Wright’s new play about the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace negotiations, which is receiving its world premiere at Washington’s venerable Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.”

March 21, 2014

This Weekend: See ‘Camp David,’ Says Washington Post

“Diplomacy wonks will be paying close attention to "Camp David," a dramatic adaptation of 1978's 13-day Middle East peace summit between President Jimmy Carter (Richard Thomas), Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (Ron Rifkin) and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (Khaled Nabawy). The play, which makes its world premiere at Arena Stage, is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright, a staff writer for the New Yorker. The opening performance is Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55-$110; get them here.”

March 20, 2014

‘Camp David’ in Washingtonian

“It’s hard to imagine many dramatists getting access to a former President and First Lady while researching a production. But few have Lawrence Wright’s résumé…”

March 19, 2014

VIDEO: POLITICO Talks with ‘Camp David’

POLITICO interviews Wright and longtime Carter aide, Gerald Rafshoon, about Camp David, which starts previews this Friday, March 21, at DC’s Arena Stage.

March 12, 2014

LISTEN: Interview at SXSW features Wright on their podcast, during their visit to Austin for SXSW. Features quotes like this gem:

"If I had the chance to interview Osama Bin Laden, should I kill him? It’s a fair question. Suppose we’re having dinner — should I stab him with the bread knife? Do I have a moral obligation to kill him? Or do I have a moral obligation as a reporter to simply hear him?"

You can download the episode [MP3] or visit Longform’s website to hear the interview.

  • [6:00] Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (Knopf • Jan 2013)
  • [6:00] The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Knopf • Aug 2006)
  • [7:45] The Siege (Twentieth Century Fox • 1998)
  • [14:45] "The Apostate" (The New Yorker • Feb 2011)
  • [30:15] My Trip to Al-Qaeda (Jigsaw Productions • Apr 2010)
March 08, 2014

Camp David on Hardball with Chris Matthews

A Note from Lawrence Wright

Richard Thomas, who plays Jimmy Carter in my Camp David play, was on Hardball tonight. Great job.

You can find the full trasncript of the episode here.

January 12, 2014

Resurgence of Al-Qaeda in Iraq & Syria

Wright was interviewed with fellow journalist Dexter Filkins by The New Yorker’s Dorothy Wickenden, as part of the Political Scene podcast.

March 21, 2013

Upcoming Event: Egypt in Transition

A Note from Lawrence Wright

I'm looking forward to chairing what should be a fascinating discussion on Egypt in this historic moment.

Egypt In Transition: A Conversation With Lawrence Wright, Mohamed Elmenshawy, Samer Shehata, and Robin Wright

April 15th, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Fordham Law School, McNally Amphitheater
140 West 62nd Street, NYC

POSTED IN: Events, Middle East
October 01, 2012

Video: Wright Interviews Iranian Minister for Council on Foreign Relations

Wright interviews Iranian Minister Ali Akbar Salehi about Iran's Nuclear Program at a Council on Foreign Relations event.

POSTED IN: Events, Middle East, Video