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Adam Rothenberg and Zabryna Guevara in Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This” at the Mark Taper Forum.

Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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Burn This

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Apr 3 – May 1, 2011

Mark Taper Forum

Burn This cherishes every involuntary spark of feeling that suddenly lights up the darkness.

Anna is a dancer-choreographer who has lost Robbie, her best friend and collaborator, in a tragic accident. Pale is Robbie’s brother, a powder-keg lost in his own way, who arrives at her doorstep in the middle of the night. Pale is dangerous, sexy, raw, and demanding, and he interrupts the course of Anna’s existence, bringing major changes in her life.

This passionate modern classic, by Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson (Talley’s Folly), features original music by Peter Golub, and is directed by Nicholas Martin (Dead End at the Ahmanson Theatre, The House of Blue Leaves at the Mark Taper Forum) and features Brooks Ashmanskas (Julie & Julia), Ken Barnett (Puccini for Beginners, The Producers), Zabryna Guevara (Marley & Me, All Good Things), and Adam Rothenberg (Mad Money, The Ex-List).

Burn This, which had its World premiere in the Mark Taper Forum’s 1986/87 season, moved to Broadway in 1987 and helped to ignite the careers of John Malkovich and Joan Allen. Newsweek said of the play, [It] has a voracious vitality and an almost manic determination to drive right into the highest voltage that life can register.

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Performance Length

The performance length is approx. two hours and 30 minutes.

Be Aware

Recommended for ages 16+. (Parental discretion advised)

Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.

Center Theatre Group Show Guide for Parents

Media Sponsor

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