Post-film discussion with actor Bob Balaban and writer Lawrence Wright, moderated by Gregory Boyd of the Alley Theatre

The Alley Theatre’s new play Cleo, written by Texas-based, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright, is based on the making of the 1963 epic movie Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The play’s world premiere is directed by actor/filmmaker Bob Balaban (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Gosford Park). Wright and Balaban join the Alley’s Gregory Boyd for a discussion about this production, following a screening of the documentary Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood, which combines film clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews to create an inside look at the troubled 1959–1963 production of Cleopatra.

About the Speakers
Bob Balaban created, produced, and starred in the Academy Award–winning movie Gosford Park, and he produced and directed the award-winning HBO movie Bernard and Doris. He also produced and directed the award-winning hit Off-Broadway play The Exonerated. He has directed more than 30 television episodes, and as an actor has appeared in nearly 100 movies.

Lawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize–winning author, screenwriter, playwright, musician, and staff writer for the New Yorker. He has also written for Texas Monthly and served as contributing editor of Rolling Stone. He cowrote The Siege, starring Denzel Washington, and scripted the Showtime film Noriega: God’s Favorite, starring Bob Hoskins. Wright’s plays include My Trip to Al-Qaeda and Camp David.

Gregory Boyd is artistic director of the Alley Theatre. During his tenure, the Alley has risen in national and international prominence, winning the Special Tony Award; experiencing record audience growth; and transferring productions to major European festivals, Broadway, and on tour to 40 American cities.

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Kevin Burns, Brent Zacky
Running Time
119 minutes
Digital, Color