Anna, a Manhattan dancer/choreographer, is mourning the death of her dance partner, Robbie, when his brother, Pale, belligerently bursts into her loft in the middle of the night. Pale, a New Jersey restauranteur, is the antithesis to his sensitive brother: coarse, insulting, and honest to a fault. Where there's smoke, there's... well, the flames of this incendiary and unlikely romance will leave you breathless.
Burn This is an explosive, turbulent and funny play about transcending our deepest fears and doubts. Lanford Wilson's defiant title echoes his characters' search for authenticity and love in their increasingly insincere world.
Burn This was originally staged at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and was made famous when it starred John Malkovich as Pale in 1987 at the Plymouth Theatre in New York. The most recent New York production starred Edward Norton as Pale and Catherine Keener as Anna during the Signature Theatre's Lanford Wilson season in 2002.