Burn This poster, Burn This Ad [Photo: Glen Wilson, Design: Danielle Poncheri]
Updates on the Production
10/25/02 The New York Times reports that Burn This has been recast and will
not be closing on Nov 9th when Edward Norton and Catherine Keener leave the roles. NYT writes Elizabeth Shue and
"an undisclosed male star near a deal" (not Matt Dillon as rumored earlier) will take over the roles.
10/23/02- The Signature Theatre Company's website mentions that on Sunday November 3, an 8:00 pm performance has been added with all proceeds from this performance to benefit the Signature Theatre Company. Tickets are $100 each. Select priority orchestra seats available for $250 (each $250 ticket includes an autographed copy of the script and poster). Tickets to Burn This are difficult (or nearly impossible) to get, so you may want to take this opportunity. The run is scheduled to close on Nov 9th. Signature Theatre Company. Broadway.com reports that Matt Dillon might take EN's place in Burn This EN is scheduled to start filming The Italian Job in November. Would Dillon take over the role for a limited time and then EN might later return when he is finished filming? I don't know. Also, the timing is tight with the play scheduled to close Nov 9th. Matt Dillon Considers Stepping into Burn This
9/27/02- The New York Times reports that the interest in Burn This has led to "inquiries about a Broadway transfer or an Off Broadway extension." The only problem is the actors' schedules. EN will be in L.A. shooting The Italian Job starting November 11th for a month (more on the film in yesterday's news briefing). In the article, director James Houghton says that they are looking at "a variety of options" and that they're going to try to keep going. Although, the article writes that the play closes on Nov. 9th, it actually closes on November 3rd (according to the Signature Theature Company and Ticketmaster), but the show is selling out so get your tickets while you can. NYT On Stage and Off
9/19/02- The previews are over and Burn This opened tonight. Some of the reviews are in: Read the glowing NY times review: Revival Works A Transformation and the NY Daily News review: 2 red-hot H'wood stars fire up Wilson revival. Also, available (but not-so-glowing) AP review: Burn This Stumbles Through Love and the Variety review. Plus there are some interviews with playwright Lanford Wilson courtesy of Karen Broadway.com's Q & A Landford Wilson and PLAYBILL ON-LINE'S BRIEF ENCOUNTER with Lanford Wilson.
9/15/02- Today's (Sunday) New York Times includes a feature on
Burn This playwright Lanford Wilson and includes a pic of EN and Catherine Keener
onstage [Thanks to Karen for the info!!!]. Unfortunately, due to my recent run in with the NY Times (Sept 10th), I'm not going
to be able to post them. You can however
buy the NY Times or go to the article online
A Playwright at Home
with Life's Outsiders where it should be up free for the next 14 days (the only catch being
that to view it, I believe you must be a registered user of the NY Times- registration is free).
Time Out New York (with Edward Norton and Catherine Keener on the cover) Fall Preview issue has the nice cover and an article on "Burn This." For more info on the mag, go to the Time Out New York website. [Thanks to Irene for the info!]
NY Times: Squeezing in a Run [Article Removed at request of New York Times]
New York Times (4/19/02) announcement of the production [Article Removed at request of New York Times]
"Commissioned by the Circle Repertory Company, Burn This first appeared at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 1987 to near-universal praise. Set in the bohemian art world of downtown New York, this vivid and challending drama explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of Anna and Pale, two outcasts who meet in the wake of the accidental death by drowning of a mutual friend. Their determined struggle toward emotional honesty and liberation - by no means guaranteed at the play's ambiguous end - exemplifies the strength, humor, and complexity of all of Lanford Wilson's work and confirms his standing as one of America's greatest living playwrights." ("Burn This" back cover)
Did You Know?
Before his film debut in Primal Fear, EN was in the world premiere of Edward Albee's "Fragments" for the Signature Theatre Company under the direction of James Houghton and is currently on its Board of Trustees.
EN wrote a piece on the Signature Theatre Company and artistic director Houghton that was published in Interview Magazine in May 1998. EN also took the photos included in the article. Theater that's Making a Mark
EN and Catherine Keener recently worked together in Death to Smoochy
The Signature Theatre Company devotes an entire season to the works of
Source of pic: Theater that's Making a Mark
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