Stephen Rea was born in Belfast. He trained at the Abbey Theatre School in Dublin. After several stage, television and film appearances, he came to international success with his performance in The Crying Game (1992), for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor. In 1980, he co-founded the Field Day Theatre Company, which has gone on to produce dozens of plays by some of Ireland’s leading poets and playwrights and established the company as an influential intellectual and cultural force in Ireland. He recently won a BAFTA for his work in An Honorable Woman and can be seen currently on the BBC in War and Peace and Dickensian.
Anthony Arnove produced the Academy Award–nominated documentary Dirty Wars and wrote, directed, and produced The People Speak with Howard Zinn. He is the editor of several books, including Voices of a People’s History of the United States, which he co-edited with Zinn; The People Speak, which he co-edited with Colin Firth, based on the television documentary he co-directed with Firth; The Essential Chomsky; Howard Zinn Speaks; and Iraq Under Siege; and is the author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal. He has directed and/or produced live shows in Trafalgar Square, Southbank Centre, Prince of Wales Theatre, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. He has worked with Bob Dylan, Matt Damon, Bruce Springsteen, Marisa Tomei, Ian McKellen, and many other leading artists of our time.