Fire in Dreamland
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.
Rinne Groff is a playwright, a performer, and a founding member of the devised theater company Elevator Repair Service. Her plays and musicals have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, and elsewhere. She also wrote for Showtime’s Weeds. Rinne is a recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Obie Award grant, a Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award, and two NYSCA Individual Artist grants. She teaches at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She led a master class for The Academy in March 2018.