Directed by Lucie Tiberghien, the limited engagement at Vassar's Powerhouse Theater will run through July 8. The cast features Mia Barron, Reed Birney, Piter Marek and Logan Marshall-Green. Geometry of Fire, according to press notes, "pivots around two characters whose lives ultimately and unexpectedly intersect. Mel (Marshall-Green), the reservist, is reckoning with his Iraq experiences while sharing an apartment with his conscientious objector father (Birney). Tariq (Marek), a Saudi-American, lost his father when he was a young child. He suspects the death was hastened by an abandoned weapons site near his family's home, and confronts the military for answers. . . . When Mel and Tariq meet at the bar tended by Cynthia (Barron), Tariq's girlfriend, their personal struggles spill out, and their worlds begin to collide."
Tariq's plight is a subject familiar to playwright Belber. In a statement the Emmy-nominated writer said, "I grew up in a Washington, DC neighborhood which was later discovered to have been built on a World War I era testing ground for chemical and biological weapons. . . . Tariq was actually inspired by one of my best friends from Washington, DC, a funny, smart guy with one foot firmly planted in American culture, and another in Saudi. Through him, I wanted to present an Arab who was neither an overtly earnest and noble man, nor a maybe-terrorist."
Tickets, priced $30 and $35, are available by calling (845) 437-7235 or (845) 437-5599. For more information visit powerhouse.vassar.edu.