The opening night of David Rabe’s An Early History of Fire has shifted from April 23 to April 30 at off-Broadway’s Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row. Presented by the New Group and directed by Jo Bonney, the previously announced limited engagement will begin previews April 5 and run through May 26 as scheduled. The delay is credited to the large amount of show openings during the week of April 23. The production stars Tony nominee Gordon Clapp, Broadway vet Theo Stockman and Claire van der Boom.
Set in the early 1960s in the Midwest, An Early History of Fire centers around Danny (Stockman), a young man who is exposed to an alluring and unsettling new world when Karen (van der Boom) comes back from college on the east coast. Danny struggles to break free from the grip of his immigrant father, who clings to his only son. In addition to Stockman, Clapp and van der Boom, An Early History of Fire also features Deema Aitken, Erin Darke, Jonny Orsini, Devin Ratray and Dennis Staroselsky.
The design team for An Early History of Fire includes set designer Neil Patel, lighting designer Lap Chi Chu, costume designer Theresa Squire, sound designer Ken Travis, dialect coach Doug Paulson and fight director David Anzuelo.