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Daniel Radcliffe wants your phone to go off at his next show

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David Cote

After three Broadway gigs since 2008, Daniel Radcliffe has become a regular trouper on the New York boards. His next stage project is downtown and intimate, a play about life in the age of social media called Privacy. Likely to be the summer’s hottest ticket, the production starts previews July 5 at the Public Theater. Public Theater member and partner tickets will be available later this month. Single tickets, starting at $80, will be available May 24 and can be accessed online or by calling 212-967-7555 or in person at the Public box office (425 Lafayette Street).

Privacy marks the beginning of a producing collaboration between London's Donmar Warehouse and the Public. Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke will stage the play, written by James Graham, which follows a newcomer to the city who’s trying to navigate social media without losing his identity. Graham and Public head Oskar Eustis say the piece is partly inspired by data whistleblower Edward Snowden. The ensemble is filled out by De’Adre Aziza, Raffi Barsoumian, Michael Countryman, Rachel Dratch, and Reg Rogers, “playing an ensemble of real-life, high-profile politicians, journalists and technologists who have all contributed exclusively to the show.” So it sounds like the script will be a little verbatim, a little soapbox.

In a twist on usual theater practices, audience members will be encouraged to keep their phones and devices powered up during the show. That’s right: During Radcliffe’s big speech about how technology is dehumanizing and separating us, he’ll be thrilled when your phone starts blaring “Uptown Funk.”

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