Burning: New Group announces complete cast




The New Group have announced the full cast for their world premiere production of Thomas Bradshaw's Burning, opening at Theatre Row's Acorn Theater on 14 Nov 2011, following previews from 26 Oct 2011, and closing on 17 Dec 2011.

Directed by Scott Elliott, the cast will feature Jeff Biehl, Reyna DeCourcy, Barrett Doss, Hunter Foster, Andrew Garman, Drew Hildebrand, Evan Johnson, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Andrew Polk, Larisa Polonsky, Adam Trese, Vladimir Versailles and Stephen Tyrone Williams.

Burning: In intersecting stories spanning two eras, a contemporary Black painter who hides his race goes to Germany for a show, only to find that the gallery owner has misinterpreted his work. And in the '80s a homeless teenager comes to New York to become an actor and is taken in by two gay men, who are themselves producing a new play.

Playwright Thomas Higgins makes his New York debut with this tale of ruin and redemption that takes a magnifying glass to the sometimes blurry line between predator and prey.

Thomas Bradshaw’s recent plays include 'Mary' (The Goodman Theater); 'The Bereaved' (Partial Comfort Productions, and subsequently produced at The State Theater of Bielefeld in Germany); 'Southern Promises' (P.S. 122); 'Dawn' (The Flea Theater); 'Job' (The Wilma). He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2010 Prince Charitable Trust Prize, and a 2011 New Voices New York Fellowship from the Lark Play Development Center.

Director Scott Elliott is the founding Artistic Director of The New Group. With the company, he has produced over 47 plays, 22 of which he directed, including last season’s revival of Wallace Shawn’s 'Marie and Bruce' and the world premiere of Tommy Nohilly’s 'Blood From A Stone.' He also directed 'The Kid,' the musical based on the book by Dan Savage (Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Musical), 'Groundswell,' 'Rafta, Rafta…,' 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,' 'Hurlyburly,' 'The Fever,' 'Two Thousand Years,' 'Abigail’s Party,' 'Smelling a Rat,' 'Goose-Pimples' and the company’s first production in 1995, 'Ecstasy.'