Off-Broadway's The New Group presents Burning, written by Thomas Bradshaw and directed by Scott Elliott, kicking off the company's 2011-12 Season. The production officially opens on Monday, November 14 at 7:00 PM. Burning plays a limited engagement through December 17 at The New Group @ Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street).
In emotionally charged intersecting stories spanning two eras, a contemporary black painter, who depicts shocking racial violence in his art but hides his race from the press, goes to Berlin for a gallery show only to find that his work has been misinterpreted. And in the mid-'80s an ambitious teenage boy, recently orphaned, comes to New York to become an actor and is taken in by a gay couple in the industry as they are preparing the debut of a new Broadway play. In searing and graphic tales of self-invention and sexual identity, Burning attacks the pretenses of the worlds of art and theatre.
Burning features Jeff Biehl (Off-B'way: The Master Builder, Women Beware Women, The Polish Play, Hellhouse, Civilization, Thomas Bradshaw's Southern Promises), Reyna DeCourcy (Dreams of the Washer King - Cherry Lane Studio Theatre, Civilization - Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks 2011), Barrett Doss (Thomas Bradshaw's Cleansed - Brick Theater, Orestes 2.0 - HERE), Hunter Foster(B'way: Million Dollar Quartet, Little Shop of Horrors - Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle noms., Urinetown, The Producers; Off-B'way: Happiness - Drama Desk nom., Modern Orthodox; also: Little Miss Sunshine - La Jolla Playhouse), Andrew Garman (Partial Comfort Productions' After and A Bright New Boise; Off-B'way: Uncle Vanya - CSC), Drew Hildebrand (The Flea: Thomas Bradshaw's Dawn, also Offending the Audience and Oh, the Humanity and other exclamations), EVan Johnson (Off-B'way debut), Danny Mastrogiorgio (B'way: Wait Until Dark, Contact; Off-B'way: Stunning - LCT3, Sailor's Song - LAByrinth, Wintertime - Second Stage, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Two Gentlemen of Verona - NYSF), Andrew Polk (Off-B'way: The Accomplices - The New Group, Drama Desk nom., Flight - Lucille Lortel, The Odysseys, Vick's Boy, The Truth Teller), Larisa Polonsky (Off-B'way at The New Group: One Arm; TV: "Eden," "Lights Out," "The Good Wife"), Adam Trese (B'way: 12 Angry Men, A View From The Bridge; Off-B'way at The New Group: Marie and Bruce, The Women of Lockerbie), Vladimir Versailles (Off-B'way: The Wood; Film: Moozlum, How to Score Your Life; TV: "The Philanthropist") and Stephen Tyrone Williams (Off-B'way: Adam Rapp's The Hallway Trilogy - Nursing, Paraffin; Film: HBO's Stag & Doe and Phil Spector-upcoming, Showtime's Children of God).