News Release| Theatre Arts; Cal State L.A.

Calendar listing: See below for details.

Note to news directors or reporters:  Director Stephen Rothman can be reached for interviews at the following – [email protected] or 323-343-4130.

In ‘Burn This,’ roommates face on urban ‘reality’

Theatre students bring Broadway play
to Cal State L.A. for a two-weekend run

Los Angeles, CA –  By Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson , “Burn This” will explore—over a two-weekend run at Cal State L.A.—the disconnected relationships, unconsummated passion, romance and gender in the lives of four individuals caught in contemporary 20-something malaise. 

Featuring CSULA student-actors Ben Caron, Vince Major, Ricky Pak and Meggie Welch, the performances will be in the University’s Arena Theatre March 4-7 and March 13-14. Showtimes are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Directed by Cal State L.A.’s Theatre Arts Professor Steve Rothman, the play centers around the characters of Anna (Welch) and Larry (Caron), following the death of their roommate Robbie, along with their relationships with Anna’s lover Burton (Major) and high-strung friend Pale (Pak).  Their beliefs about love and romance are shattered; and they attempt to rediscover meaning in their relationships. 

Rothman saw the original production of “Burn This,” starring John Malkovich and Joan Allen, in 1987, before it went to Broadway, where it ran for 437 performances.  Wilson’s play “Serenading Louie” was one of the first professional shows Rothman directed (in 1979).

Rothman says the play presents “the reality of the urban environment—people living on top of people—as real as it’s ever been written.” 

Tickets are $16 general; $12 for seniors and students; and $8 for CSULA students. They are available at /dept/theatre_dance/.  For details, call (323) 343-4130

calendar listing:

“Burn This” -- Directed by Professor Stephen Rothman and featuring Cal State L.A. student-actors, this performance explores disconnected relationships, unconsummated passion, romance, and gender in the lives of four individuals caught in contemporary 20-something malaise.
Thursday, March 4 and Friday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, March 6 and 13, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, March 7 and 14, at 2:30 p.m.
Arena Theatre, on the Cal State L.A. campus.

Campus map and directions: /univ/maps/cslamap.php
Tickets: $16 General, $12 Seniors & Students, $8 CSULA Students only.
Available at
For details, call (323) 343-4130.

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