Fire Burning Rain, Rock Opera by John Patrick Shanley and Jihae, Plays Highline Ballroom Sept. 8

By Andrew Gans
08 Sep 2011

John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Artist-composer Jihae has collaborated with Tony-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley (Doubt) to create the multi-media rock opera Fire Burning Rain, which plays the Highline Ballroom Sept. 8.

Based on Jihae's album "Fire Burning Rain," the evening features direction by Ximena Garnica and Jihae. Show time at the Manhattan venue is 9 PM; doors will open at 7 PM.

The cast comprises Jihae as Heroine; Liz McAuliffe as Fairey/Sorcerer; Oleksandra Hatnyanska as Fairey/Rabbit; Anastasia Buraminksaya as Fairey/Blind Seer; Vlado Mudrak as Knight/Woodsman; Miyu Leilani as Light Character/Rosebush/Priest; Maximillian Balduzzi as King/Beast; Elaina as Fairey/Aerialist; Peter Burke as Knight; Ximena and Denisa Musilova as Leimays; and Allysen Hooks and Mary-Ellen Breaudeau as Faireys.

The band includes Jonathan Schmidt on drums, Jessie Murphy on bass, Avi Bortnick on guitar, Hillary Davis on violin, Vlado Mudrak on flute and Susan Mandel on cello.



Inspired by Joan of Arc, Fire Burning Rain, according to press notes, tells a "futuristic story of a heroine's journeys to free 'the light.' The people of the upper world become devastated as the natural resources of the earth are depleted and their bodies have grown into buildings and wires. The heroine is their only hope to retrive 'the light' to save the dying earth and humanity. The heroine's pilgrimage to the magical and eerie forest of the underworld begins."

Other members of the creative team include Jean-Luc Sinclair (musical director), Ximena Garnica (choreographer) and Shige Moriya (designer) as well as costume designer Kristin Costa, hair designer Yusuke, makeup designer Spencer Sweeney, assistant makeup designer Gina Schiappacasse and stage manager Paloma Wake.

Ron Finestone and Rajan Mehta are executive producers. Virginia Stevenson is associate producer, and Peter Burke is assistant producer.

The 70-minute performance includes live music, modern dance, elaborate costumes and digital integration that "envelops the audience in a dreamlike world."

Highline Ballroom is located at 431 West 16th Street, between 9th Avenue and 10th Avenue. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketweb, online at ticketweb.com or at the Highline Box Office from noon until doors close at (866) 468-7619.

For further show information, directions to the venue and for the latest updates, visit www.highlineballroom.com.