The Knight of the Burning Pestle opens its run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre April 27. Presented by Red Bull Theater and Fiasco Theater, the play is begin used as a case study for environmentally-sustainable theatre production. Written by Elizabethan playwright Francis Beaumont, previews began April 17 for the limited engagement through May 13.
Starring in the cast are Broadway alums Jessie Austrian (The Importance of Being Earnest), Teresa Avia Lim (Junk), Ben Steinfeld (Cyrano de Bergerac), and Tatiana Wechsler (Mr. Saturday Night), as well as Royer Bockus, Tina Chilip, Paul L. Coffey, Devin E. Haqq, Darius Pierce, and Paco Tolson.
First performed in 1607, The Knight of the Burning Pestle follows a group of actors who have gathered to present a play about star-crossed lovers. But, their plans are interrupted when a grocer and his wife ask for a new play about an outrageous hero and a quest with the grocer's apprentice playing the lead. Forced to improvise, the actors' play is disrupted in humorous and surprising ways.
Co-directing the production are Fiasco Theater members Noah Brody and Emily Young. They are joined on the creative team by scenic designers Christopher Swader and Justin Swader, costume designer Yvonne Miranda, and lighting designer Reza Behjat.
The production is explicitly working towards minimizing its environmental impact by exploring a model for sustainable theatre practices. The hope is for The Knight of the Burning Pestle to serve as a case study through strict parameters set on the production and each design department to reduce waste and impact.
Go inside the production with the gallery below.