Eleven days of previews is a glorious thing. Over the course of last week, I made several radical changes to the script. I removed a scene, a plot line, and an offstage character. I also rewrote a scene, gave greater strength and agency to a character, and deleted the intermission! In doing so, I found the play that I wanted to write: a thrilling piece of historical fiction that lays bare the lies that led to the war in Iraq and the act of retaliation taken by the Bush Administration on a U.S. citizen when the truth was revealed.
I couldn't have accomplished any of this without the passion, support, and generosity of everyone at Arena Stage and my entire Intelligence team. As we make our way to opening, my heart is full of love, respect, and deep appreciation for each and every of them. We're running now through April 9th and I hope you're able to attend!
Under the brilliant direction of Daniella Topol, our talented cast includes Nora Achrati, Aakhu TuahNera Freeman, Ethan Hova, Lawrence Redmond, and Hannah Yelland. Our amazing production team includes Set Designer Misha Kachman, Costume Designer Ivania Stack, Lighting Designer Kathy Perkins, Sound Designer Jane Shaw, Projection Designer Jared Mezzocchi, Dialect Coach Leigh Smiley, and Stage Manager Trevor A. Riley.
Click here to learn more about the play and please enjoy these gorgeous photos from our final dress rehearsal.
Intelligence Final Dress Photos by Misha Kachman
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