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Only You Can Prevent Wildfires
Teatro Circulo
New York, NY
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Only You Can Prevent Wildfires
One of Time Out New York's "most promising" productions of the Fall

"Fascinating...nothing short of of the best off-off Broadway shows I have seen to date" -BroadwayWorld

*One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts, including wildfire relief efforts currently taking place in the Western United States.*

Ricochet Collective (Sherri Eden Barber, Artistic Director; Brandon Pape, Executive Director) presents the World Premiere of Harrison David Rivers' ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT WILDFIRES, co-conceived and directed by Sherri Eden Barber, at Teatro Circulo from October 7th-28th. The performance runs approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT WILDFIRES explores the true story of Terry Lynn Barton, a forestry technician, who in 2002 started the largest forest fire in Colorado history when she burned a letter from her estranged husband. Under the obsessive scrutiny of investigator Kim Jones, Terry's actions are called into question in a desperate attempt to uncover the motive behind her crime. As we watch Terry's relationship with her husband deteriorate over time, the clues begin to fall into place. Was the fire really an accident, or was it caused by a woman trying desperately to break free?


The production will feature Choreography by CAITLIN BAILEY (Culture Projects Women Center Stage Festival) and ALI PERKINS (Does the Clam Have a Heart at Triskelion Arts), Scenic Design by CLIFTON CHADICK (The 20th Century Way at Rattlestick; In Fields Where They Lay at The New Ohio), Costume Design by STEPHANIE LEVIN (Going to See The Kid at Merrimack Rep; Happy After Ever at 59E59), Lighting Design by SERENA WONG (Gordy Crashes at IRT Theater), Original Music & Sound Design by MARK VAN HARE (3/FIFTHS at 3LD; Nutcracker Rouge with Company XIV), Projection Design by JOEY MORO (Orange Julius at Rattlestick), and Production Stage Manager ELIZABETH ANN GOODMAN*.

ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT WILDFIRES was commissioned by Ricochet Collective and originally workshopped in November 2015 at Playwrights Center in St. Paul, MN. This will be the play's world premiere.

HARRISON DAVID RIVERS (Playwright) And She Would Stand Like This (Movement Theatre Company), Sweet (National Black Theatre), Look Upon Our Lowliness (Movement Theatre Company), When Last We Flew (GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater; New York International Fringe Festival), Where Storms Are Born (Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, Williamstown), This Bitter Earth (New Conservatory Theatre Center, Penumbra), A Crack in the Sky (History Theatre), Five Points (Theatre Latte Da), When Last We Flew (TheatreLaB, Diversionary Theatre). Winner of the Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship (New York Theatre Workshop), Van Lier Fellowship (New Dramatists), Jerome Many Voices Fellowship, McKnight Fellowship for Playwrights, Core Writer (Playwrights Center), and Founders Award (New York Stage & Film). M.F.A, Columbia School of the Arts; B.A., Kenyon College.

SHERRI EDEN BARBER (Director) is a New York-based theatre director. Recent credits: Monstrosity, Polaroid Stories (New School for Drama), Happily After Ever, Gordy Crashes (Ricochet Collective), Mr. Landing Takes A Fall (The Flea), Herman Kline's Midlife Crisis (The Beckett), 24 Hour Plays (American Airlines Theatre). She has developed new work with Rattlestick, Orchard Project, New York Theatre Workshop, Harlem Stage, Classic Theatre of Harlem, Primary Stages, Flea Theater, Culture Project, 24 Hour Play Company, and Old Vic. Sherri is a Drama League Directing Fellow, recipient of the US/UK Exchange Award, and co-founder/Artistic Director of Ricochet Collective. MFA: The New School for Drama.

RICOCHET COLLECTIVE is a newly formed collection of producers, directors, and designers who seek to provide visceral storytelling events. We believe in a communal, collaborative process that encourages artists to explore and expand the potential of live art. Finally, we are committed to creating immersive environments that engage audiences beyond the final curtain. Previous productions include Happily After Ever (59E59, Edinburgh Fringe), Gordy Crashes (IRT Theater), Jagged Little Pill, Tragic Kingdom (Joe's Pub).

*Appearing courtesy of the Actors Equity Association. Only You Can Prevent Wildfires is an Equity Approved Showcase.

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Teatro Circulo (View)
64 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Social > LGBT

Minimum Age: 13
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Ricochet Collective
On BPT Since: Aug 02, 2017
Ricochet Collective

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