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“Big, powerful and quirky. Demands to be seen!”

-Village Voice

“A warm, cohesive production filled with engaging young performers!”

-David Cote, Time Out New York

“Directed with enormous humanity and intelligence by Jo Bonney. The cast captures Wilson's deceptively easygoing lyrical naturalism, the way he constructed ensembles that made every character feel individual and inevitable!"

-Linda Winer, Newsday

A team of archaeologists descends on an Illinois town to unearth the mysteries of the Mound Builders. As they excavate the remains of this Native American civilization, they confront powerful and dangerous forces of ambition and legacy.

2002-03 Playwright-in-Residence Lanford Wilson’s searing drama of class, culture and gender clash won the 1975 Obie Award for Distinguished Playwriting.

IMAGE: Lanford Wilson. Photo by Diane Gorodnitzki.




David Conrad, Janie Brookshire and Danielle Skraastad.

IMAGE: Photo by Richard Termine.


Lanford Wilson on BURN THIS



David Conrad on the first day of rehearsal.

IMAGE: Photo by Gregory Costanzo.

Who’s Who


Dr. Dan Loggins: Zachary Booth
Cynthia Howe: Janie Brookshire
Professor August Howe: David Conrad
Dr. Jean Loggins: Lisa Joyce
Kirsten: Rachel Resheff
Chad Jasker: Will Rogers
D.K. (Delia) Eriksen: Danielle Skraastad


Scenic Design: Neil Patel
Costume Design: Theresa Squire
Lighting Design: Rui Rita
Sound Design: Darron L West
Projection Design: Shawn Sagady
Dialect Coach: Deborah Hecht
Production Stage Manager: Lori Ann Zepp
Casting: Telsey + Company, William Cantler CSA



Zachary Booth

Dr. Dan Loggins

Theatre: Off-Bway: Me, Myself & I, Prayer for My Enemy (Playwrights Horizons), Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen (Women’s Project), Spine and Pentecost (Barrow Group Theatre). Film: The Last Weekend, Keep the Lights On, Never, Recalled, Syrup, Dark Horse, Blue Eyes, The Beaver, White Irish Drinkers, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Taking Woodstock, The Mark Pease Experience, Assassination of a High School President, Venice. TV: Damages, The 22, Royal Pains, Law & Order: SVU, New Amsterdam, What Goes On. Received a BFA from University of Michigan Dept of Theatre and Drama. Member of the Actors Center Workshop Company, the Barrow Group theatre community and Peterborough Players community.

Janie Brookshire

Cynthia Howe

Broadway: The Philanthropist. Off Broadway: Mary Broome, Wife to James Whelan (Mint Theatre Co.), Man and Superman (Irish Repertory Theatre), The Misanthrope (Pearl Theatre Co.) Regional: Othello (Folger Shakespeare Theatre), Dial ‘M’ for Murder (Dorset Theatre Festival), Amadeus, Romeo and Juliet, Crimes of the Heart, Tony Kushner’s The Illusion (PlayMakers Repertory Co.) Film/Television: He’s Way More Famous than You, Filmic Achievement, “The Good Wife”, “Ringer”, “Law and Order”, “Dawson’s Creek”. MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill/PlayMakers Rep.

David Conrad

Professor August Howe

David Conrad started his career on the ABC drama RELATIVITY. Soon after he was cast opposite Sigourney Weaver in SNOW WHITE: A TALE OF TERROR, RETURN TO PARADISE with Anne Heche and Vince Vaughn, and MEN OF HONOR alongside Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. On stage, David made his Broadway debut playing Blythe Danner’s love interest in a revival of THE DEEP BLUE SEA. Most notably, David starred in CBS’s long running drama GHOST WHISPERER with Jennifer Love Hewitt. Other TV credits include WB’s ROSWELL, Fox’s BOSTON PUBLIC, and NBC’s MISS MATCH. Earlier this year, David filmed a pilot BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE for NBC and recurred on NBC’s THE FIRM. Most recently, David wrapped filming Lifetime’s latest pilot THE SECRET LIVES OF WIVES.

Lisa Joyce

Dr. Jean Loggins

Broadway/West End: La Bete. Off-Broadway: House For Sale, The Ugly One (Drama Desk nomination.), Thinner than Water, The Forest, Love, Loss and What I Wore, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play, Beast, U.S. Drag, Vengeance, Red Light Winter. Regional: Touched (Williamstown), Blackbird (Helen Hayes Award), Red Light Winter (Steppenwolf). National Tour: Doubt. Film: The Brave One, The Messenger. TV: “The Following”, “The Good Wife”, “Boardwalk Empire” (recurring), “Fringe”, “Law and Order”, “Law and Order: SVU”, “Kidnapped”. Upcoming: Wally and Andre Shoot Ibsen (dir. Jonathan Demme & Andre Gregory) & Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (HBO).

Rachel Resheff


Age 12, Broadway: The People in The Picture (Jenny, originated role, lead, cast album), Mary Poppins (Jane Banks:2010; returned:2011), Billy Elliot (Julie Hope, Debbie u/s), Shrek,The Musical (Young Fiona, original cast). Off-Broadway: Everything is Ours (Elsie,Colt Coeur), Profanity (Esther, Soho Rep.),A Frontier (Feola Fox, MTC), The Big Meal (Girl, Playwrights Horizons), Suprema (Olive Ann, The Eugene O’Neill Center National Music Theater Conference and New Dramatists), The Kid Who Would Be Pope (Ali, female lead, NYMF), Back in Jesus Days (Little Un, Martian Productions), Stockholm Pennsylvania (Young Leia, Playwrights Horizons),Miracle on 34th Street (Susan Walker,Theatrical Gems),Laughing Matters (Jenny, Roundabout), Freckleface Strawberry (title role, MMAC),The Family (Emily). Film: Dead Man Down (Neils Arden Oplev), 3 Backyards (Christina, lead, Sundance 2010 winner Best Direction), Tick Tock Time Emporium (Max, lead). Thanks/Love: My Family, APA, IAM, Janine, Michael, Joan, Marc, Lane, Steve, Anya, AEA, SAG, AFTRA.

Will Rogers

Chad Jasker

Will Rogers was nominated for a 2012 Drama Desk Award for his work in Unnatural Acts at Classic Stage Company. Other Off Broadway: Golden Age (MTC), As You Like It (Public Theatre), The Submission (MCC Theatre), When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center), Chair (Theatre for a New Audience), From Up Here (Manhattan Theatre Club), 100 Saints You Should Know (Playwrights Horizons), Creature (Ohio Theater), Columbinus (New York Theatre Workshop), Green Girl (Summer Play Festival), Nicky Goes Goth (NY Fringe Festival), [sic] (78th St. Theatre Lab). Regional: Our Town, Not Waving (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Vertical Hour (Pioneer Theatre Co.), Dark Play or Stories For Boys (Humana Festival), Mary's Wedding (Actors Theatre of Louisville), This Is Our Youth (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). TV: “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Gossip Girl”. Film: Happy New Year, Nancy Please, Certainty, The Bay (dir. Barry Levinson). Will received his B.F.A. from North Carolina School of the Arts.

Danielle Skraastad

D.K. (Delia) Eriksen

Broadway: All My Sons. NY: Intelligient Homosexuals Guide...., The Wake (The Public Theater), Anon (The Atlantic), Lidless (Page 73), Midsummer... (Continuum Co), The Eyes of Others (The New Ohio), The Ones that Flutter (SPF at Public), Kathleen Turner's Ear (Samuel French Festival), Big Times (W.E.T), Carrie (Theater Couture), Lascivious Something (Cherry Lane Mentor), Fugue (Cherry Lane), Cressida Among the Greeks, Red-Haired Thomas (The Ohio), The Pain and the Itch (Playwrights Horizons), Save The World (Roundtable). Regional: Two River Theater Festival, Humana Festival, The Kirk, Berkeley Rep, Wilma, ACT/Seattle, The Market Theater, Portland Stage Co, The Lantern, CapRep/Albany, Hartford, StageWorks/Hudson. TV/ Film: "Unforgettable", "Fringe", "Mercy", "Law and Order", "SVU", "All My Children", "As the World Turns". 27 Dresses, The Business of Story.




Photos by Richard Termine.


Lanford Wilson on BURN THIS



Photos by Gregory Costanzo.

Performance Info

First Performance:

February 26

Last Performance:

April 14, 2013

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