KENNEDY CENTER PRESENTS
TRUTH TO POWER:
VOICES FROM BEYOND THE DARK
Inspired by a book of interviews by Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, with photographs
by Eddie Adams, The Kennedy Center Presents: Speak Truth to Power
celebrates the work and struggle of human rights activists around
the world in a program airing Sunday,
October 8, 2000 at 8 p.m.
on PBS stations nationwide.
The special features the world premiere stage presentation of Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark, by Ariel Dorfman. A stage reading of the play by nine of todays leading actorsAlec Baldwin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Giancarlo Esposito, Hector Elizondo, Kevin Kline, John Malkovich, Rita Moreno, Sigourney Weaver and Alfre Woodardwas taped before a live audience at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on September 19.
Intercut with the stage presentationand performances by musical guests Jackson Browne and Hugh Masekelaare interviews and documentary stories illuminating the work of several of the activists profiled in Speak Truth to Power.
"The Kennedy Center Presents: Speak Truth to Power" is made possible by PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and public television viewers. Major corporate funding is provided by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association; America Online, Inc.; and the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by Dan and Ewa Abraham; Agvar Chemicals, Inc.; Coudert Brothers; Gail and Al Engelberg; Tom and Suzanne Gibson; Loren W. Hershey; Jane and Mark Hirsh; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation; Samson Medical Technologies, L.L.C.; ScreamingMedia, Inc.; the Beatrice Snyder Foundation; and United Airlines.
The program is produced by WETA Washington, D.C.; The John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts; and Speak Truth To Power, Inc.,
in association with Offline
"We are proud to be associated with this project," said
producer Alex Gibney of Offline Entertainment Group, whose partner
Marc Levin ("Slam" and "Thug Life") directed
the program by shooting documentary footage in India, Guatemala
and Washington and combining it with the musical and stage performances.
"Not only do these human rights defenders fearlessly speak
truth to power, they put their lives on the line with extraordinary
grace to defend the powerless."
"The Kennedy Center Presents: Speak Truth to Power" is one of the ongoing "The Kennedy Center Presents" series presented by WETA for the 2000-2001 broadcast season. Previous programs include "The Americanos Concert," which aired in September 1999; the HDTV broadcast of "A Tribute to Muddy Waters, King of the Blues," which aired in January 1999; and the December 1998 special, "The Washington Opera Production of Pagliacci," starring Plácido Domingo.