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Camp David

Written by Lawrence Wright, Directed by Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith, Produced by Arena Stage (Washington, DC)

March 21–May 4, 2014

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From Arena Stage:

Sixty-two miles north of Washington, DC, nestled in Catoctin Mountain Park, lies the clandestine retreat known as Camp David. For thirteen tumultuous days, President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn host Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in an attempt to create the impossible: Peace in the Middle East. How could such a massive thing be done in such a short amount of time? Artistic Director Molly Smith directs the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright's incredible new play based on incredibly true events.

From Lawrence Wright:

Camp David is the story of how Jimmy Carter, Menachem Begin, and Anwar Sadat came together to forge a treaty between Israel and Egypt that has endured long after their passing from power. This is a play about leadership and sacrifice and what it takes to make peace.


Photo: Hallie Foote, Ron Rifkin, Khaled Nabawy, Richard Thomas
Featuring Hallie Foote as Rosalynn Carter, Ron Rifkin as Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Khaled Nabawy as Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Richard Thomas as U.S. President Jimmy Carter. (Photo by Tony Powell.)


Appearances & Reviews

Washington Post — Preview (March 14, 2014)
The Washingtonian — Preview (March 20, 2014)
Washington Post — Recommend Entertainment (March 22, 2014)
The Jewish Daily Forward — Preview (March 28, 2014)
American Theatre — Profile (April 1, 2014)
Washington Post — Prevew (April 1, 2014)
The New York Times — Preview (April 2, 2014)
Assharq al-Awsat (in Arabic) — Profile of Wright (April 21, 2014)


NBC Nightly News’ Andrea Mitchell interviews Wright and Thomas, after the Carters attended the play’s premiere.

Playwright Lawrence Wright discusses the play.

Chris Matthews sits down with Emmy-award winning actor Richard Thomas to discuss Thomas’ new role as President Jimmy Carter in the play “Camp David.”

POLITICO talks with Wright, Rafshoon, and shows some early rehearsals of the play.

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Written by Lawrence Wright, Directed by Oskar Eustis, Produced by Berkeley Rep

Wright turns the spotlight on a fellow reporter and her fascinating contradictions with the debut of Fallaci at Berkeley Rep on March 8, 2013.

Legendary Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci gained fame by grilling Kissinger, Castro, Khomeini, Qaddafi and other public figures who squirmed under her ferocious questioning. In this world premiere, a young woman interviews the fiery author at the end of her life, when she became a darling of the right. What begins as a discussion of journalism ends with two women exchanging life-changing lessons about destiny and empathy. Don’t miss this sizzling new play staged by renowned director Oskar Eustis.

Fallaci: World premiere at Berkeley Rep from Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Reviews & Appearances
The San Francisco Examiner (March 20, 2013)
Berkeleyside (March 20, 2013)
Wall Street Journal online (March 19, 2013)
San Francisco Chronicle (March 14, 2013)
San Jose Mercury News (March 14, 2013)
Modern Luxury San Francisco (March 1, 2013)

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The Human Scale

Written and performed by Lawrence Wright, directed by Oskar Eustis, produced by the Public Theater (2010)

Following up on his New Yorker essay, "Captives," Wright performed this unsparing and graphic exploration of the ongoing crisis in Gaza during a sold-out run in New York City in October 2010, as well as appearing at the legendary Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv, Israel, in May 2011.

According to The New York Times, "The journalist Lawrence Wright possesses a knack for clarifying complicated problems. Obviously this comes in handy in his regular line of work, but it is just as useful in his secondary vocation, as a public raconteur trying to elucidate thorny topical issues from the unlikely pulpit of an Off Broadway stage." Read the review »

More Reviews & Appearances:
Folha de Sao Paulo in Portugese (May 31, 2011)  IMAGE
Morning Joe (October 8, 2010)  VIDEO
New York Magazine (October 8, 2010)
NY1 (October 7, 2010)  VIDEO
New York Post (September 26, 2010)  PDF

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My Trip to Al-Qaeda

(Written by Lawrence Wright, directed by Marco Perella, 2006, and Gregory Mosher, 2007)

This unique presentation is based on Wright’s bestseller, The Looming Tower. According to the New York Times, "More than a linear narrative about the formation of Al Qaeda, the show is an informal scrapbook of Middle Eastern politics and culture seen through a Westerner’s sharp, informed and sometimes sorrowful eyes, complete with visual aids in the form of slides and video clips." View a video excerpt…

Articles & Reviews:
The American Spectator (October 22, 2007)
Washington Post (September 24, 2007)
NPR Morning Edition (March 30, 2007)
The Globe & Mail (March 24, 2007)
Village Voice (March 20, 2007)
Time Out New York (March 15, 2007)
Huffington Post (March 9, 2007)
Austin Chronicle (March 9, 2007)
The Economist (March 8, 2007) (March 6, 2007)
Show Business Weekly (March 6, 2007)
New York Times (March 6, 2007)

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Sonny’s Last Shot

(Written by Lawrence Wright, directed by Marco Perella, 2003 & 2005)

Articles & Reviews:
Austin American-Statesman (Jan 14, 2005)
Austin Chronicle (Jan 14, 2005)
Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram (Jan 30, 2005)