From the producers: In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a disillusioned do-gooder named Kate meets Jaap, a charismatic European making a film about the 1911 fire that burned Coney Island’s Dreamland amusement park to ashes. Desperate for something to live for, Kate buys a ticket on the thrill ride of Jaap’s passion. The only trick is to keep the roller coaster from running off the rails before it destroys them all. Breaking the boundaries of time and narrative, "Fire in Dreamland" is a vibrant new play that explores the astonishing things we do when faced with devastation.
Audience Note: This production may contain strobe effects and haze.
Author Rinne Groff is a playwright, performer, and founding member of Elevator Repair Service. Her plays and musicals include "The Ruby Sunrise" and "Compulsion," both at The Public, "77%" at the San Francisco Playhouse, as well as "What Then," "Inky," and "Jimmy Carter Was a Democrat." "Fire in Dreamland" was originally commissioned by The Public and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
The cast includes Kyle Beltran, Enver Gjokaj and Rebecca Naomi Jones. Marissa Wolf directs.
What is the Public Theater? Founded in 1954 by the legendary showman Joseph Papp, the Public Theater is one of NYC'c preeminent non-profit theaters. Dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals, the theater has spawned many Broadway shows (including "A Chorus Line and current Broadway mega-hit "Hamilton") and has 54 Tony Awards to its credit. More here.