LA Theatre Works to honor Geoffrey Cowan

Well-known as a best-selling author, public interest lawyer, academic administrator, government official, distinguished professor, and Emmy Award-winning producer, CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan is also a notable playwright who will be honored by LA Theatre Works to celebrate their decades-long collaboration. Cowan has worked with LA Theatre Works for 25 years on his award-winning play Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, which originally premiered as a radio play in 1991 in front of a live audience for national broadcast on NPR and later toured the country in 2007-8, had a five week run in New York City in 2010,…

Cowan’s ‘Top Secret’ debuts at Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts

At the invitation of Beijng's National Centre for the Performing Arts and sponsored in part by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Department of State, L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) returns to China in June, 2013 with CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan's riveting historical drama, Top Secret: The Battle for The Pentagon Papers. LATW toured China with Top Secret in 2011, playing to sold out houses of Chinese professionals and students. CCLP has produced a series of educational conversations around these performances which can be found online at topsecretplay.org. L.A. Theatre Works will be the first American theater company to…

Watch Geoffrey Cowan – The Play Top Secret in China

Watch CCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan lead a lecture on his award winning play, "Top Secret" recently published on YouTube February 28th, 2012. The play won the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Gold Medal for Excellence in Best Live Entertainment and was recently performed in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai before packed auditoriums. In some instances Cowan, and the play's producer, director, and performers were able to talk with audiences about the issued addressed in the play. In some places, Chinese authorities sought to prevent such discussions. Click here to watch the lecture in it's entirety….

Cowan’s play on press freedom completes tour in China

Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, a docu-drama co-written by CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan and the late Leroy Aarons, was performed in China in November and December 2011. The L.A. Theatre Works production was performed in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou. The tour was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Top Secret was last presented during a successful Off-Broadway run at New York Theatre Workshop in 2010. This China production of Top Secret was directed by award-winning director Stephen Sachs. The cast included well known actors from stage, screen, and television…

Bennis comments on WaPo’s Top Secret America Investigation

This week, the Washington Post released an extensive two-year investigative report entitled Top Secret America. This report, led by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin examines the US infrastructure of national security and intelligence. The "system so big, so complex and so hard to manage, no one really knows if it's fulfilling its most important purpose: keeping its citizens safe," according to the release. Upon the release of the report, Distinguished Fellow Warren Bennis shared his thoughts with "On Leadership" on the Washington Post website:…

Cowan Top Secret Play to air on KPCC and NPR

Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers written by CCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan aired air on Saturday, July 2 on 89.3 KPCC. Top Secret can also be heard on the LA Theatre Works wesbite, under the "Radio Theatre Series" page. It will also be airing nationally on the NPR stations listed on that page. The broadcast includes excerpts of the panel discussions following the shows in New York hosted by the CCLP, as well as some audio from the 2008 discussions with John Dean and Jane Harman….

‘Top Secret’ play and discussion series wraps in New York City

Produced by LA Theatre Works in partnership with New York Theatre Workshop and Affinity Collaborative Theatre, Leory Aarons and Geoffrey Cowan's Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, closed with rave reviews and an impressive model for using theater to explore and discuss the role of media in a democracy. The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy organized conversations focused on the tension between issues of national security and a free press that included journalists, scholars, jurists, and public policy leaders from partner organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Columbia Journalism Review, New York University, and others….

‘Top Secret’ play and discussion series in New York City wrap with a bright future

Produced by LA Theatre Works in partnership with New York Theatre Workshop and Affinity Collaborative Theatre, Leroy Aarons and Geoffrey Cowan's Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers closed with rave reviews and an impressive model for using theater to explore and discuss the role of media in a democracy. The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy organized conversations focused on the tension between issues of national security and a free press that included journalists, scholars, jurists, and public policy leaders from partner organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Columbia Journalism Review, New York University, and more….