New York Times reporter to speak on ‘The Perfect Weapon’

Weston Playhouse hosts virtual fundraiser with national security correspondent David E. Sanger

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company will present a virtual fundraising event with New York Times' national security correspondent David E. Sanger on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.

Sanger, who speaks at the theater each year, will give a special lecture about his new HBO documentary The Perfect Weapon, based on his 2018 book The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age.

He is the author of two bestsellers on foreign policy and national security: The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power (2009) and Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (2012).

He served as the Times' Tokyo bureau chief, Washington economic correspondent, and White House correspondent during the Clinton and Bush administrations, and as chief Washington correspondent.

In his career, Sanger has been a member of three Times teams that won the Pulitzer Prize. He has also won the Edward Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting for his coverage of the Iraq and Korea crises, the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for coverage of the presidency, and, in two separate years, the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for coverage of national security issues.

Nuclear Jihad, the documentary that Sanger reported for the former Discovery Times channel, won the DuPont Award for its explanation of the workings of the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network. A regular contributor to CNN, Sanger also teaches national security policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Tickets go on sale on Oct. 7 and include Sanger's talk and a question-and-answer session with the audience, moderated by Wayne Granquist. This event is a critical fundraiser for Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, especially during a current season challenged by a global pandemic.

Tickets are available at a sliding scale for $45, $65, or $85. Households sharing a Zoom screen need buy only one ticket to participate.

The HBO documentary premieres Oct. 16 - two days before this event - and the first 200 ticket purchasers will receive a special code from HBO to view the documentary for free.

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