WESTON -- David Sanger, the national security correspondent to the New York Times, is returning to the Weston Playhouse. In his annual lecture on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m., Sanger will ruminate on the current state of the world and give insights into different events, Jacki Brown, director of education and outreach with the Weston Playhouse said.

"David has been doing this going back to 2003," she said. "He will lend his insight and expertise to a very appreciative audience."

Sanger, who owns a home in Weston, has been a part of a team that has received the Pulitzer Prize twice. Reporting from New York, Tokyo and Washington, he has covered everything from the Clinton Administration to the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.

David Sanger (Ralph Alswang)
David Sanger (Ralph Alswang) (Ralph Alswang)

According to the New York Times website, some of the topics he specializes in covering include globalization, nuclear proliferation, the economy, foreign policy and Asian affairs. Sanger won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1987 as a part of the team writing about the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster and the aftermath of the event. In 2011, he picked up his second Pulitzer with the team of reporters covering the tsunami in Japan and the Fukushima nuclear power reactor meltdown.

In 2009, he published the book "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power" and in 2012, "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.


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The annual lecture is a fundraiser for the theater company, with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated back. Brown said the donations from the event do not go to one particular program, but rather the annual operating fund.

Brown said during her tenure with the theater company, there has been a very packed auditorium.

"With an ever-changing and complex world, David's informed insight and conversational means of communicating always leaves our audiences with a greater degree of understanding that they could filter through stacks of intellectual journals," she said.

His sense of humor is what Brown said she has most enjoyed about his past lectures and what she is most looking forward too. She said he adds a touch of humanity to sometimes scary and serious topics, making them more palatable.

Weston Playhouse director emeritus Wayne Grandquist said he too enjoys Sanger's humor when talking about politics. Sanger, he said, has an insight that is different than many other analysts and writers on these topics: he not only understands the policy side of an issue, he can also understand the politics.

"What I think is interesting about David is he is both a political and policy commentator," he said. "[This is] what makes him a fascinating guy and makes him different than what we usually listen to."

Grandquist said he is most interested to hear Sanger's thoughts on Hillary Clinton and her relationship with President Barack Obama. He said Sanger will be able to give insight on where she will separate herself from the Obama administration or where she should not.

Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online at westonplayhouse.org, in person, or over the phone at 824-5288.

Tickets can be purchased the night of the event, but Brown said the event is ticketed seating, not general admission, so seating options may be limited.