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Anspacher Theater

June 19 - August 5

This production is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

This production may contain haze.

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Rinne Groff
(The Ruby Sunrise, Saved) returns to The Public with a dynamic and poignantly funny new play directed by Marissa Wolf, Associate Artistic Director/New Works Director at Kansas City Repertory.

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a disillusioned do-gooder named Kate meets Jaap, a charismatic European making a film about the 1911 fire that burned Coney Island’s Dreamland amusement park to ashes. Desperate for something to live for, Kate buys a ticket on the thrill ride of Jaap’s passion. The only trick is to keep the roller coaster from running off the rails before it destroys them all.

Breaking the boundaries of time and narrative, FIRE IN DREAMLAND is a vibrant new play that explores the astonishing things we create in the face of devastation.

Originally commissioned by Berkeley Repertory Theatre & The Public Theater

Kyle Beltran

Kyle Beltran

Enver Gjokaj

Enver Gjokaj

Rebecca Naomi Jones

Rebecca Naomi Jones

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New York Premiere

Written by Rinne Groff
Directed by Marissa Wolf

Featuring Kyle Beltran, Enver Gjokaj, and Rebecca Naomi Jones

Scenic Design by Susan Hilferty
Costume Design by Susan Hilferty
Lighting Design by Amith Chandrashaker
Original Music & Sound Design by Brendan Aanes
Prodouction Stage Manager: Buzz Cohen

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Fire in Dreamland

Whenever we think about the Rockaways and the art that came out of Hurricane Sandy, we think about Patti Smith’s lovely memoir M Train - wherein she buys a little bungalow out on the Rockaways just before the hurricane, and then helps rebuild both it and the community after the storm. The above photo, by Philip Montgomery from a New York Times profile on her, is swoon-worthy.

30 March

#patti smith #m train #fire in dreamland #digiturgy #photos #photography

The Jet Star Roller Coaster sits in the ocean after part of the Casino Pier was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy in Seaside Heights, N.J. on Feb. 25, 2013, then after its removal Oct. 13, 2013.


The ravages of Hurricane Sandy, one year later

Just a year ago, the northeastern states were smashed by Superstorm Sandy, which caused a colossal amount of damage particularly in New Jersey and New York city. After more than $14 billion in federal support and countless hours spent cleaning up, significant progress has been made, but the job is far from over.

Above is a look at some areas hit hard by Sandy, and for more interactive before-and-after photos, you can head here.

Or, for a look back at the sheer scope of the damage Sandy left in its wake, check out Nation Now.

Photos: Mark Lennihan, Mel Evans, John Minchillo / Associated Press

Fire in Dreamland

Some amazing photography from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy - that shot of the roller coaster still stops a person in their tracks.

30 March

#coney island #hurricane sandy #fire in dreamland #photography #digiturgy

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