TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD: THE LIFE AND LOVES OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT is a new solo play written and directed by Christine Toy Johnson, conceived by Alan Campbell and Christine Toy Johnson and starring Alan Campbell as Frank Lloyd Wright.
About the play:
Rebounding from repeated personal tragedy and intent on setting the record straight about his life’s work, Frank Lloyd Wright at age 65 gives a press conference about his new autobiography and plans for creating the future.
He is 65 years old and the depression in full force. He hasn't been getting many commissions because of his ongoing reputation for being reckless with funds and the scandal that continues to surround him, perpetuated by the press – but he is about to embark on the most fruitful and successful period of creativity in his life. He displays the utter confidence and sense of imperviousness he maintained throughout his entire life -- one that empowers him to achieve his lifelong mission: to change people’s lives by changing the space in which they live.
In internal moments, he hears questions from the women in his life, revealing how much they influenced him and how. Towards the end of the play, he is surprised to gain insight from the voice of his older self –which leads him to be inspired, once again, by his own mission and purpose in life: to create a new society built on the principal of architectural beauty
A Note From Alan Campbell
Alan Campbell and Charity Wallace
in front of Falling Water
When I was 17, I went to a high school chorus competition at Florida Southern University. It is the home of the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world. Growing up in a small south Florida farming town and with little knowledge of architecture, I can only say that walking around that campus was akin to a spiritual experience for me. I came home, hit the Encyclopedia Brittanica, and started a life long interest in Frank Lloyd Wright. 4o years later my friend and colleague, Christine Toy Johnson and I are discussing a few things on our bucket list. When the subject of Wright came up, and being both a fine theater artist and the daughter of a modernist architect, she was intrigued and we went to work.