PrismHouse Theatre Company presents
ABLAZE: an a cappella musical thriller
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Matthew B. Zrebski
at the New Ohio Theatre
Directed by Nigel Semaj B.
Music Direction by Caroline Hertz
Assistant Directed by Jennie Russianoff
August 16th at 7:30 PM
August 17th at 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
August 18th at 2:00 PM
August 22nd at 7:30 PM
August 23rd at 7:30 PM
August 24th at 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
FEATURING: Racquel Jean-Louis, Marissa Joyce Stamps, Chloe Teresa Wilson, Teresa Mae Lafferty, Braeden Glenn Tuttle, Nick Akins, Elliott Daniels, Adam McDonald, Brenna Ryan, Michelle Bouchard, Beau McGhee, Will Thomae, Haley Miller, Kara Snyder, and Becca Weinberg
At an old abandoned high school on the outskirts of town, a group of loitering teenagers is suddenly surrounded by fire as the walls burn fast around them. They find a hold in a corner of the gymnasium floor. They jump in. They survive the flames. Then they realize they are not alone, and someone is watching. As their nineteen days of captivity progress, personal demons and vendettas emerge with ferocity, forcing them to either turn forever against each other or fight for survival. Based on his 2004 play, playwright and composer Matthew B. Zrebski has created a claustrophobic exploration of teenagers under the eye of a monstrous predator they can’t see. Almost entirely sung with occasional percussive sounds and rhythmic spoken word, "Ablaze: an a cappella musical thriller" is a bold experiment in musical theatre, and an unapologetic look at the lives of adolescents and the issues they must face.
PrismHouse Theatre Company reinvigorates, reignites, and reinforces. We reinvigorate narratives; we reignite theatre’s indispensability; we reinforce the value and relevance of a piece for a modern audience. Our theatre empowers this audience to launch new dialogues and leave with questions, rather than answers. Ultimately, PrismHouse Theatre Company shares stories, any story, because every story deserves to be told.
Formed in 2016 by students at NYU & the Atlantic Acting School, we are an NYC-based company committed to fostering a community of emerging artists and producing work that is not only relevant, but necessary. We produce both new and established plays that are edgy, fun, and challenge the expectations and actions of our audiences.