“Fire in a Dark House”
The Whitefire Theatre and Slowly I Turned Productions present a world premiere drama FIRE IN A DARK HOUSE, about two young lovers, their families and community who are thrown into turmoil as a result of a vicious anti-immigrant campaign. This sounds like today's headlines, but FIRE IN A DARK HOUSE is set during World War I.
Based on true and tragic events, FIRE IN A DARK HOUSE draws on research that has uncovered forgotten hate crimes committed against immigrants, especially German-Americans, as a direct result of inflammatory propaganda by the U.S. government in WWI.
As US soldiers battled Germany overseas, anti-German sentiment swept our nation. German-Americans were suspected of spying, sabotage, and treason. Schools stopped teaching the German language. Speaking and singing in German were prohibited. Immigrants were harassed and fired from their jobs; homes and businesses were vandalized. Men, women, and children were publicly shamed and humiliated. More than 6,000 German immigrants were sent to internment camps. At least one man was lynched.
FIRE IN A DARK HOUSE is presented in fall 2018 in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the WWI Armistice of November 1918. That treaty ended the Great War, but it did not end our nations struggles with nativism and xenophobia, which persist to this day and fuel our current immigration debates. FIRE explores what it means to be an American, an immigrant, a Dreamer, and a patriot -- timely topics given the newest wave of anti-immigrant feeling and the critical fall 2018 elections. Follow our FB page @FireInADarkHouse and join the discussion.
The FIRE IN A DARK HOUSE cast features Tallula Henderson, Andrew Langton, Margy Love, Augusta Mariano, Paul McCrillis, Sanford Reed, and Aaron Stevenson. The production features original music by the acclaimed New York City composer Jeff Scott (www.musicbyjeffscott.com). Costumes are by Cathy Small.
FIRE IN A DARK HOUSE will have its gala premiere on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, CA. The production will be performed every Thursday night at 8 pm through November 15. Related events include nightly talkbacks with the cast and fellow audience members.
FIRE IN A DARK HOUSE was created by Mona Z. Smith and Traci Mariano. These two women have collaborated for 25+ years on theater, film, and television projects including: BORDERLANDS at SoHo Rep in NYC (by Smith, dir. by Mariano; winner, national Berilla Kerr Award); BECOMING SOMETHING at the Kraine Theater in NYC (by Smith, dir. by Mariano, music by Jeff Scott); ALL THAT REMAINS at Kumu Kahua Theater in Honolulu (by Smith, dir. by Mariano; winner, seven Pookela Awards from the Hawaii State Theater Association). A different version of FIRE OF A DARK HOUSE was staged exactly 25 years ago at Columbia Universitys Oscar Hammerstein II Theatre in NYC. That script was written by Smith and directed by Mariano, who met at Columbia while pursuing MFAs in playwriting and directing, respectively. That version had a workshop at Niagara University.
September 13 at 8:00 pm with talk-back and reception to follow.
The cast features the talents of Tallula Henderson, Andrew J. Langton, Margy Love, Augusta Mariano, Paul McCrillis, Sanford Reed, and Aaron Stevenson.
The design and production team includes Kaitlin Chang (Set Design), Cathy Small (Costume Design), Jeff Scott (Composer), Jeremy Robinson (Sound Design), and Katelyn Rydzewski (Stage Manager).
Appropriate for ages 13+
Warnings: Mild swearing, some adult themes
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