Zabryna Guevara and Adam Rothenberg Are Tempestuous Couple of Burn This; Brooks Ashmanskas Also Cast

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Brooks Ashmanskas, Ken Barnett, Zabryna Guevara and Adam Rothenberg will star in Center Theatre Group's new production of Lanford Wilson's Burn This, now in rehearsal under the direction of Nicholas Martin.

Adam Rothenberg
Adam Rothenberg Photo by Craig Schwartz

Previews begin March 23 toward an opening of April 3 at Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Closing is May 1. Burn This had its world premiere in CTG/Mark Taper Forum's 1986-87 season and moved to Broadway in 1987.

According to CTG, "At the core of Burn This is Anna (Guevara), a dancer-choreographer who, up until the unexpected death of her roommate and dancing partner, Robbie, has been consumed by her career. Now in her grief, she meets Pale (Rothenberg), Robbie's older brother, who bursts into her apartment to retrieve Robbie's belongings, and ends up staying for a while. Pale is dangerous, sexy, raw and demanding, and he interrupts the course of Anna's existence bringing major changes in her life."

The creative team includes set designer Ralph Funicello, costume designer Gabriel Berry, lighting designer Ben Stanton, sound designer Cricket S. Myers, with original music by Peter Golub and fight direction by Steve Rankin. The production stage manager is David Lober.

Martin, who directed the recent Broadway revival of Noel Coward's Present Laughter with Victor Garber, also directed Dead End at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2005 and The House of Blue Leaves at the Taper in 2008. He has been the artistic director of both the Huntington Theatre Company and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson's plays include Talley's Folly (1980 Pulitzer Prize in Drama), The Hot l Baltimore (New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Obie Award), Fifth of July, Balm in Gilead, The Rimers of Eldritch, Lemon Sky, Serenading Louie and Redwood Curtain. He was a founding member of the Circle Repertory Company. Tickets and information are available at CenterTheatreGroup.org or the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling (213) 628-2772.

Ken Barnett, Brooks Ashmanskas, director Nicholas Martin, Zabryna Guevara and Adam Rothenberg take a break from the <i>Burn This</i> rehearsal.
Ken Barnett, Brooks Ashmanskas, director Nicholas Martin, Zabryna Guevara and Adam Rothenberg take a break from the Burn This rehearsal. Photo by Craig Schwartz
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