Hannah Yelland will star in the world premiere of Intelligence.
Hannah Yelland will star in the world premiere of Intelligence.
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Casting has been announced for Jacqueline E. Lawton's Intelligence, which will make its world premiere at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. In addition, the production has been extended for one week with eight additional performances and will now run February 24-April 9.

Under the direction of Daniella Topol, Intelligence explores the cost of deception and the consequences of speaking truth to power. The new political thriller is a fictionalized account of a covert operative who, tasked with protecting the national security of the United States post-9/11, is racing to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. With her country at war, her cover is blown and the lives of her assets are put in jeopardy.

The production features Tony Award nominee Hannah Yelland (Brief Encounter) as Valerie Plame, Lawrence Redmond as her husband Joseph Wilson, Nora Achrati as Leyla Nazari, Ethan Hova as Dr. Malik Nazari, and Aakhu TuahNera Freeman as Elaine Matthews.

Intelligence is the third commission to debut as part of Arena Stage's Power Plays, an initiative commissioning and developing 25 new plays and musicals from 25 writers over the course of the next 10 years. With Power Plays, Arena Stage focuses Washington, D.C.'s unique theatrical voice on politics and power, amplifying the theater's role as a national center dedicated to American voices and artists, located in the heart of the nation's capital.

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