When mysterious Jim Smalls confesses to murdering a Los Angeles man with no explanation of motive, Assistant District Attorney Mary Hamilton recruits her friend and frequent sparring partner, public defender Rory Dennis, to act as counsel for the suspect. At first, Rory considers the murder an open-and-shut case for the prosecution, but after learning of Jim's history with his first love, Derek -- mirroring Rory's own growing relationship with Mary's brother, Billy -- he begins to identify more closely with his client. As Jim's dark, fifteen-year journey comes more sharply into focus, Rory and Mary both learn that the unsettling truth isn't nearly as black-and-white as it appears. www.consumingfiretheplay.com
Chris Phillips' first play, "Revolver", was presented in a workshop as part of the CT Tuesdays new works program in the summer of 2010 at Los Angeles' Celebration Theatre, receiving a GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre. In January 2011, Chris directed a short film adapted from one of the vignettes featured in "Revolver", "the things i cannot change," which screened at the Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in September 2011 and at the 2012 Reel Recovery Festival in both New York City and Los Angeles. His second play, "Elysian Fields", also developed at Celebration, was presented at the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival, where one of its ensemble was recognized with an Individual Performance award. On the strength of these two plays, Chris was chosen as an award recipient by the Robert Chesley Foundation, which supports the work of LGBT playwrights. Chris's third play, "Pieces" -- which first introduced the characters of Rory Dennis and Mary Hamilton -- was presented for a sold-out workshop run in Los Angeles during the spring of 2012 before hitting the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, winning the award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting. Following the festival, "Pieces" returned for the Fringe Encore series at New York's SoHo Playhouse. Chris is proud to report that "Revolver" will receive its world premiere as part of Celebration Theatre's 30th anniversary season in 2013.