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Initial casting announced for The Time Of Our Lies at Park Theatre

The Time Of Our Lies

Casting news

INITIAL casting has been announced for The Time Of Our Lies, the biopic story of the American historian, author and social activist Howard Zinn, which runs at Park Theatre (Park200) from July 30 to August 10, 2019.

The line up includes celebrated television and film actor Daniel Benzali and ensemble members Alvaro Flores, Wayne Giddens, Lanna Joffrey, Sophia Mackay and Claire Lebowitz-King.

Additional casting is yet to be confirmed.

The Time Of Our Lies explores Zinn’s personal history, from being a soldier who dropped bombs on Rouen, France in WWll. This fateful moment shaped the man who would become a moral compass for the United States in ways that are more relevant today than ever before.

Daniel Benzali (pictured below) is an internationally renowned actor best known for playing the role of Ted Hoffman in Murder One (20th Century Fox) for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, and W. G. Howe in the James Bond film, A View to a Kill (United International Pictures).

Benzali has also appeared in a number of West End musicals, playing Juan Peron in Evita (Prince Edward Theatre) and Max von Mayerling in the original production of Sunset Boulevard (Adelphi Theatre), opposite Patti LuPone. His other credits include Holiday (Old Vic); The Grey Zone (Lionsgate); All The Little Animals (BBC); Murder at 1600 (Warner Brothers) and The Agency (CBS Productions).

Howard Zinn was widely considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. The son of poor Jewish immigrants, Zinn joined the US Army Air Force during WWII. Just before the end of the war, he was involved in the first use of napalm. What he later came to see as an unnecessary and terrible act informed his lifelong anti-war views and lifetime of activism.

Daniel Benzali

From the Vietnam war to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Zinn was an outspoken and courageous campaigner for his vision of a just and peaceful America until his death in 2010, at the age of 87. His landmark book, A People’s History of the United States, has sold two million copies and is used as a textbook in schools throughout the US.

The Time Of Our Lies is a battle cry for democracy, transparency, and inclusion. The play brings to life Zinn’s commitment to social justice and his lifelong struggle against false historical narratives written by those in power that poison the well of true democracy.

It features songs using some of Howard’s words, combined with first-person accounts of war from other soldiers, all juxtaposed against an incongruously beautiful backdrop of Butoh inspired movement. Howard himself was involved in the inception of the play before his death in 2010.

Written by Bianca Bagatourian and directed by Ché Walker, The Time Of Our Lies has movement by Maureen Fleming and music by Gamal Chasten.