The Private Theatre Presents PLAYING WITH FIRE, Now thru 8/24


The team that brought you 2010's heralded site-specific production of Hedda Gabler will present a multi-media version of Strindberg's Playing with Fire, directed by John Gould Rubin, co-conceived by Shane Bly Killoran and adapted by Royston Coppenger, beginning tonight, August 17 at an exclusive location at 189 Chrystie Street. The Private Theatre's fiery production will run through Friday, August 24.

In keeping with the mission for free theatre access, there will be a limited number of FREE LOTTERY TICKETS distributed for each performance. For more information about the lottery and other details about the production, visit: To guarantee your entry to this exciting theatrical event, tickets for purchase are available and begin at $25, with special VIP tickets ranging in price from $65 - $175, and a "Private All Access VIP Ticket" for $500. Tickets can be purchased by visiting:

Playing with Fire is a play about sexual frenzy, illicit coveting, exhibitionism, voyeurism, wife swapping and licentious fantasy. Six characters reside in a household: an incestuous father; an acquiescent mother; a philandering son; the son's wife, who is sleeping with her father-in-law while tempting her husband's best friend; and a cousin who pursues the friend and father, all while sleeping with the son. All this frenetic sexual activity will be enacted by an eclectic group of 14 actors and actresses, in a multi-media landscape involving pre-recorded and live-feed video; explosive music from two composers (one from Bristol, UK and one from Hong Kong); high-energy choreography, and a full-scale environmental manipulation of the entire venue.                               .     

Cast includes: Matthew Boyce, Solonje Burns, Chris Devlin, Stephen Dexter, Alexa Erbach, Jason Gray, Talya Hernandez-Ritter, Mark Noonan, David Rysdahl, Casey Shane, Haleigh Spasojevich, Sarah Stephens, Sarah Wharton.

The creative team includes: Bronwen Carson (choreography), Andreea Mincic (set and costume design),Isabella F. Byrd (lighting design), Andy Cohen (sound design), Kwan-Fai Lam (composer and music director),Sam Kidel (additional composer), Ian Brownell (video design / editing and technical direction), Raj Kottamasu(video design / vision mixing), Megan Abell (camera op), Shane Lacoss (camera op) and Terhi Lintukangas(camera op).

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