Jon Robin Baitz’s The Substance of Fire opens on April 27 at Second Stage Theatre. Directed by Trip Cullman, the play is returning to the New York stage for the first time in 23 years.
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.
The cast features Halley Feiffer, Daniel Eric Gold, Carter Hudson, John Noble and Charlayne Woodard.