"We had had our eye on Itamar for awhile and when we approached him, the first thing out of his mouth was -- I want to write a piece about Berkeley High," recalls Taccone. In the play, the school's newspaper, The Jacket, publishes a racially insensitive story, resulting in a conflict that affects teachers and students alike. Taccone thinks that it will challenge local audiences since "It's a portrait of a place that people have a strong opinion about because they live in it, and think they know it. So, it should be interesting to see what kind of controversy it sparks."
Moses -- who will also be represented on many regional stages this year by such works as The Four of Us and Back, Back, Back -- has added an extra twist to the fabric of the play by double-casting all the characters as both students and faculty at the school. "He's written an adult play for younger actors -- it's very complicated, dense, and sophisticated," explains Taccone. "Finding people who can do this is not easy."
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