Daniel Radcliffe Returns to New York Stage in 'Privacy'

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Inspired by the Edward Snowden revelations, James Graham's play explores personal privacy and our relationship to technology in the modern age.

Following three well-received Broadway appearances, Daniel Radcliffe is heading downtown for his next New York stage gig, starring in Privacy this summer at off-Broadway's Public Theater.

Written by James Graham (Finding Neverland) and directed by Josie Rourke, the play takes a timely look at the challenges of plugging into technology without surrendering all claims to privacy. Radcliffe will play a lonely writer new to the city, attempting to build a digital profile while keeping the more personal aspects of his life off-limits. Graham and Rourke are credited as co-creators of the work.

Inspired by the revelations of Edward Snowden, Privacy explores what our technological choices reveal about us and our desires, as well as who's keeping track of that data. In a departure from the prevailing policy of requesting that audiences power down all devices before the performance, ticket holders will be encouraged to leave their phones on during the play for online participation.

The production marks the first collaboration between the Public Theater and London's Donmar Warehouse, where Rourke is artistic director.

The limited engagement begins previews July 5 at the Public, officially opening July 18 and running through Aug. 7. The cast also includes De'Adre Aziza, Raffi Barsoumian, Michael Countryman, Rachel Dratch and Reg Rogers, playing real-life politicos, journalists and technologists.

Radcliffe, who will be back on the big screen in Swiss Army Man in June, has balanced stage roles with film work since the Harry Potter series began winding down. He made his Broadway debut in 2008 in Equus, returning in 2011 to star in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and again in 2014 in The Cripple of Inishmaan.

He joins a growing roster of stars signing up for recent and future productions at the Public, which is on a roll after launching back-to-back hit Broadway transfers of Fun Home and Hamilton.

Other recent productions at the venue have included Eclipsed, with Lupita Nyong'o, which also has moved to Broadway; Dry Powder, with Claire Danes, John Krasinski and Hank Azaria; and Head of Passes, with Phylicia Rashad. Upcoming shows for the 2016-17 season include a revival of David Hare's Plenty, starring Rachel Weisz; and John Leguizamo's new solo show, Latin History for Dummies.