Keeping with our mission to bring new works by artists of color to the stage, The Fire This Time is kicking off their new summer production series with Pia Wilson's "The Flower Thief." In addition to our core programming in January we will fully produce a full length by one of our playwrights every August. Pia Wilson was a founding playwright in the inaugural year of The Fire This Time Festival, had a reading of "The Flower Thief" in the festival's second year and will now have her play fully realized in The Red Room Theatre this August!

The Flower Thief

August 2nd-19th,
Thursday - Saturday,
8pm in The Red Room Theatre,
85 E. 4th St.

Clinging to nature's promise of renewal, Clark desperately turns to stealing flowers as everything around him slowly wilts. Jumping through time and mind, Pia Wilson's The Flower Thief eloquently explores a young man's grief over the loss of his twin brother.

Pia Wilson (Playwright) is a 2011 Heideman Award finalist for her short play, TURNING THE GLASS AROUND and a semi-finalist in the 2011 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. She is a member of the 2008 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater and a 2009 playwriting fellow with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She is also a member of The Passage Theatre Play Lab and a member of the 2009 Project Footlight team of composers and librettists.

Her full-length drama, RED ROOSTER, was a part of The Classical Theatre of Harlem's Future Classics reading series as well as the Emerging Writers Spotlight Series at The Public Theater. ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS was featured in The Looking Glass Theatre's Spring 2009 Writer/Director Forum. THE RIVER PURE FOR HEALING was part of the 2008 Resilience of the Spirit play festival. Her play, TREE OF LIFE, received a 2007 workshop production at The Red Room Theater.

Heidi Grumelot (Director) is the Artistic Director of Horse Trade Theater Group. She is co-creator and producer of the monthly storytelling show TOLD and the founding director of The Drafts, an acting ensemble responsible for development of over forty original plays to date as part of a monthly reading series. Heidi's New York directing credits include Donnie and the Monsters at UNDER St. Marks, punkrock/lovesong at The Brick, Dido and Aeneas with The New York Collective of Performing Arts at The West End Theater and The Boston Early Music Festival, A River Pure for Healing and An Absolutely Perfect Life at UNDER St Marks, Accidents Do Happen, Tom's Things, and Turning the Glass Around in The Red Room. Assistant director credits include Antony and Cleopatra, Love's Labour's Lost, and A Christmas Carol for the American Shakespeare Center. She has also directed productions in Michigan, Virginia, and Mexico. Prior to working at Horse Trade, Heidi worked for Laura Stanzyck Casting and The Public Theater's Casting Department. Casting Assistant credits include Impressionism on Broadway, The Cripple of Inishman at Atlantic Theater Company, The Shawshank Redemption at The Gaiety Theater in Dublin, Holiday Garland at The Westport Country Playhouse, and Hamlet and Hair at Shakespeare in the Park.

Producers: Kelley Nicole Girod, Erez Ziv

Jesse Cameron Alick (Producer) is a poet, playwright, producer and Zen Master.  Jesse works as the Artistic Director for Subjective Theatre Company. Artistic Associate at the Public Theater and is Assistant to the playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Jesse is also the east coast editor of High Contrast Review, freelance journalist and essayist. Jesse studied writing with playwright Adrienne Kennedy and taught a theater course at Lewis and Clark College.

Janne Larsen (Designer) is an artist and set designer based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in set design from Calarts in 2007. She has designed theater, opera, dance and installations throughout Los Angeles and New York. Her work has been seen at Symphony Space, Bootleg Theater, Pomona College, Cal State L.A, Caltech, CalPoly, Los Angles Municipal Gallery, Workspace, Raid Projects, Telic Art Exchange, Hi-Lite, Outpost for Contemporary Art and The Washington Museum of Art.