Daniel Radcliffe is returning to the New York stage and he’s asking you to keep your phones ON for his performance.
It was announced yesterday (April 12) that Radcliffe would be starring in a new Off Broadway play about the “implications of technology for personal use.”
Entitled Privacy, the play written by James Graham (Finding Neverland) was inspired by the government surveillance revelations that came to light in 2013 when former CIA employee Edward Snowden leaked classified documents from the National Security agency (NSA). It “explores our complicated relationship with technology and data through the funny and heartbreaking travails of one lonely guy arriving in the city to figure out how to like, tag and share his life without giving it all away.”
Material gathered from interviews with British politicians, historians and journalists by Graham and Josie Rourke (artistic director of London’s Donmar Theatre) resulted in a production of the play at the Donmar back in 2014. The pair have reunited again, conducting similar interviews in the US where they will create a new version of the play for performance at The Public Theater.
According to the New York Times, the performance “integrates re-enactments of the interview with some audience participation”. Hence the request that audience members keep their phones on and close at hand.
I have seen similar productions developed from interviews and historical documents like this, such as the National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch, and have found them extremely compelling. With privacy, internet security, and government surveillance dominating much debate and discussion across the globe, the production is extremely timely and an interesting project for Radcliffe to tackle.
This will be Radcliffe’s fourth appearance on the New York stage; having previously appeared in the Broadway productions of Equus, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and The Cripple of Inishmaan. He will be joined by Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live), Michael Countryman, Reg Rogers, de’Adre Aziza and Raffi Barsoumian.
Privacy opens July 5 and run for four weeks, closing on August 7. Tickets go on sale later this month.
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