Alley Theatre presents the World Premiere of Cleo, by Lawrence Wright. Directed by Bob Balaban. On the Hubbard Stage September 29 through October 22.
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.
Acclaimed director and actor Bob Balaban (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Gosford Park and multiple films with Christopher Guest including Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show) directs.
Lawrence Wright is the author of Going Clear, The Terror Years, Thirteen Days in September and The Looming Tower (Pulitzer Prize).
HBO’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, is based on Wright’s book Going Clear. Also on HBO is the documentary My Trip To Al-Qaeda, a firsthand account of Wright’s experience researching his 2006 book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.
HULU recently announced plans for a new TV series of Wright’s The Looming Tower starring Jeff Daniels and Tahar Rahim set to premiere later this year.
Wright resides in Austin, TX.