Alley All New Festival: Cleo
As part of the inaugural Alley All New Festival, which will feature a combination of readings and workshop performances of six new plays, Alley Theatre will present Cleo by the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Texas-based author Lawrence Wright, directed by Bob Balaban. The reading will be followed by an in-depth conversation with Wright and Balaban lead by Artistic Director Gregory Boyd.
Set during the filming of the disastrous 1963 movie Cleopatra, Cleo is the story of the scandalous romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Their relationship brought condemnation from the Vatican and the US Congress, and it opened the age of paparazzi and tabloid celebrity, ensuring that the names Burton and Taylor would always be associated with the greatest sex scandal in ancient history, that of Antony and Cleopatra.