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Fire and Air


A new play by Tony winner Terrence McNally that explores the rich history behind Sergei Diaghilev’s preeminent company the Ballet Russes, including his tempestuous relationship with celebrated dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.

The Off-Broadway production of Fire and Air closed March 2, 2018. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.

From the producers: This world premiere by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally explores the rich history of the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev’s itinerant Russian ballet company. Surrounded by great talents of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever.

Audience Note: This production contains nudity and adult themes, and is intended for a mature audience.

Terrence McNally is a four-time Tony-winning playwright and musical book writer; his works include "Love! Valour! Compassion!," "Master Class," "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "Ragtime." McNally has earned multiple awards for his work, including four Tony Awards, an Emmy Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards, three Hull-Warriner Awards, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been described as "a probing and enduring dramatist" and "one of the greatest contemporary playwrights the theater world has yet produced".

The world premiere production features a cast that includes Tony winners Douglas Hodge ("Cyrano de Bergerac," "La Cage Aux Folles"), Marin Mazzie ("Ragtime," "The King and I") and John Glover ("The Cherry Orchard," "Love! Valour! Compassion!"), as well as Jay Armstrong Johnson and Oscar nominee Marsha Mason ("The Goodbye Girl"). Classic Stage Artistic Director and Tony winner John Doyle ("Sweeney Todd," "The Color Purple") directs.

What is Classic Stage Company? CSC is an award-winning Off-Broadway company which is "committed to re-imagining the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience." Founded in 1967, the company performs in an intimate 199-seat venue near Union Square. More here.




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