Concetta Tomei portrays Oriana Fallaci. Her Broadway credits include Cyrano de Bergerac, The Elephant Man (opposite David Bowie), Goodbye Fidel, and Noises Off. Her other New York credits include The Clean House at Lincoln Center Theater (East Coast premiere); the original cast of Tommy Tune's Cloud Nine; Fen, directed by Les Waters; Nora Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore; the original cast of The Normal Heart; A Private View at The Public; and Richard III (St. Clair Bayfield Award). Tomei has also appeared at Alley Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, and the Taper. Her film credits include Deep Impact, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, The Muse, and Out to Sea, and her television credits include China Beach, Necessary Roughness, Providence, Weeds, and more than 50 others. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Chicago's Goodman School of Drama.
Marjan Neshat plays Miryam. Her recent theatre credits include Aiesha Ghazali in The Near East, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Masha in The Seagull with Dianne Wiest, and Nawal Marwan in Scorched with David Strathairn, as well as 365 Days/365 Plays at Barrow Street Theatre/The Public, Girl Blog from Iraq (Best Ensemble nomination, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and The Tempest. She just finished filming a role in the new RoboCop remake. Neshat's other films include Alfie, Coney Island Baby, Cry Funny Happy, First Person Singular, A Jersey Tale, A Season of Madness, Sex and the City 2, and the forthcoming Almost in Love with Alan Cumming. Some of her television credits are Blue Bloods; Funny in Farsi, a pilot for ABC Studios directed by Barry Sonnenfeld; Fringe; New Amsterdam; Rescue Me; Six Degrees; and multiple guest appearances on Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU. Neshat is a member of the Actors Center Workshop Company in New York City.
A team of distinguished designers brings Fallaci's world to life. Robin Wagner (scenic design) is the recipient of three Tony Awards and has been nominated for seven others. He has designed more than 50 Broadway shows including the original productions of 42nd Street; Angels in America; Chess; A Chorus Line; City of Angels; Crazy for You; Dreamgirls; The Great White Hope; Hair; Jelly's Last Jam; Jesus Christ Superstar; Lenny; On the Twentieth Century; The Producers; Promises, Promises; and Young Frankenstein. His work has been seen around the world in productions for opera, film, dance, and rock and roll. Jess Goldstein (costume design) won a Tony Award for The Rivals in 2005 and has designed more than 30 other Broadway shows, including The Apple Tree, Black Comedy, Brooklyn Boy, Cymbeline, Enchanted April, Golda's Balcony, Henry IV (Tony nomination), The Homecoming, Inherit the Wind, Jersey Boys, Judgment At Nuremberg, Julius Caesar, King Lear, The Merchant Of Venice, Next Fall, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Night Must Fall, Proof, The Rainmaker, Sight Unseen, A Streetcar Named Desire, Sweet Sue, Take Me Out, and Tintypes. He has also worked at theatres and operas nationwide. Michael Chybowski (lighting design) designEd Berkeley Rep's productions of The Beaux Stratagem, Compulsion, and Much Ado About Nothing. He has worked at most major regional theatres in the U.S., as well as at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, the Royal Ballet in London, and Théâtre de Carouge in Geneva. Chybowski frequently designs for Mark Morris as well, including the recent Beaux at San Francisco Ballet. He is the recipient of the Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, an American Theatre Wing Design Award, and two Lucille Lortel Awards. ACME Sound Partners (sound designer) has designed more than 30 Broadway shows since 2000 including The Addams Family, Avenue Q, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Tony nomination), La Bohème, A Chorus Line (2006), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone, Fences (Tony nomination), Hair (Tony nomination), In the Heights (Tony nomination), Legally Blonde, The Light in the Piazza, Lombardi, The Merchant of Venice, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Motherfucker with the Hat, Porgy and Bess (Tony nomination), Ragtime, [title of show], and Venus in Fur. The stage manager for this production is Angela Nostrand.
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