Asylum Theatre’s sophomore production is Lanford Wilson’s Burn This.
Following the death of Robbie, her roommate, dancer-choreographer Anna confronts her grief with support from her steady, uninspiring boyfriend Burton, and her caustic roommate and close friend Larry.
Robbie’s brother Pale bursts into the apartment in a drink and grief-fueled frenzy, and sparks fly as he and Anna gravitate toward and repel one another in a dance of fury, empathy, sadness, desire, and passion.
Artistic Director Jason Maniccia says “As we’re surrounded by a media landscape dominated by stories of dissent, anger, and alienation, this play about human magnetism and the desire to connect is a treasure.”
Directed by Don Alder and featuring Heath Koerschgen as Pale, and Briana Ratterman as Anna, it is presented November 22 to December 15, Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Sunday matinee at 2 pm at Shoebox Theatre, 2110 SE 10th Ave. Tickets $25, at asylumpdx.org.