The Substance of Fire begins performances off-Broadway on April 10. Directed by Trip Cullman and starring Halley Feiffer, the show is scheduled to open on April 27 at Second Stage Theatre. This marks the first New York staging of the Jon Robin Baitz play since its premiere 23 years ago.
The Substance of Fire follows the story of a family united by a proud past but facing an uncertain future. Isaac Geldhart, the volatile and brilliant patriarch of his family publishing house, is stubbornly holding on to his place at the head of the company while his three children try to convince him to publish a desperately needed best-seller. Confronted with a changing literary landscape and potential takeover of the company, the Geldhart children must either come to terms with their father and band together or break apart and forfeit the legacy he risked everything to build.
Additional cast members include Daniel Eric Gold, Carter Hudson, John Noble and Charlayne Woodard.