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Burning In

by Natalie Meisner
Gateway Theatre, Richmond
Mar. 10-19
604-270-1812 or

the world premiere of
Burning In, March 10-19, 2011
Opening Night, Friday, March 11th

In the middle of a war, a reporter (Dawn Petten) is photographed comforting a young boy whose parents have just been killed. The image becomes an iconic photograph representing the aftermath of war, and launches the journalist’s career. A decade later, just released from an overseas hostage situation, the now-famous war correspondent must face the aftermath of her recent trauma, which is compounded by a meddling sister (Astrid Varnes), a troubled teen living in her apartment (Marisa Smith), and a budding relationship with a man who appears on her fire escape (Aslam Husain).

Burning In is a selection from Gateway’s SceneFirst program, a development wing of the company that sees plays through from first idea to final production. “Our Studio shows are chosen specifically to be challenging,” says Executive & Artistic Director Simon Johnston. “They’re for those who want something to think about. This play provides cutting edge commentary on the media’s force in shaping everyday lives. It couldn’t be more timely.”

Burning In is directed by Natasha Nadir. Set and Sound Design by Andreas Kahre, Lighting Design by Lauchlin Johnston, Costume Design by Hannah Matiachuk, Projection Design by Tim Matheson and is Stage Managed by Samara Van Nostrand.

Playwright Natalie Meisner is a poet and teacher from Nova Scotia. She is the recipient of the Canadian National Playwriting Award and a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award. Meisner is an Assistant Professor of English Literature at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Her areas of teaching and research include theatre, performance, Canadian literature, theories of comedy and laughter, and the history and construction of gender and sexuality.


Burning In runs March 10-19, 2011. Tickets: or Box Office: 604-270-1812.

Adult/Senior Tues – Sat: $30.00
Full-time students with valid ID: $24.50 any performance
Groups of 10+ Tues – Sat: $24.50 each

Special performances:
Mar. 9th - Dress Rehearsal - 30 seats available: $18
Mar. 11th - Opening Night