FAIRBORN — Wright State University Theatre is proud to present The Magic Fire in the Festival Playhouse through Feb. 9. Performances are at 8 p.m. February 1, 7 and 8, at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6, and 2 p.m. Feb. 2, 8 and 9.
Lillian Groag’s The Magic Fire takes you on a journey through the ages. Follow the Bergs as they navigate the cultural differences of their extended family, and ever increasing political tension of Peronist Argentina. Lise, a pragmatic actress, takes a trip back in memory lane to discover some answers from her past. She quickly finds out that memories are often warped by age. Her 7th birthday was life changing, as it is for most that age, but hers also changed the lives of her family. The increased political tension finally makes its way inside the Bergs home as family friend, Henri is discovered to be involved with the arresting of Rosa’s (the hired help) brother Santo. Watch this family struggle with the choice to stay out of the political turmoil, and drowned there conscience with the ever present classical music. Or watch as they rise to the call for help. “You see the trouble with nostalgia is, it completes the incomplete, and so, it lies…and … And im afraid nothing remembered is really true…” -Lise
The Magic Fire is directed by Lee Merrill (The Miracle Worker, Little Women) The set is designed by WSU senior, Lydia Watson (Barnaby Rudge Pt. 2), lighting by Samantha Jelinek (All In The Timing), costumes by David Castellano (All In The Timing), properties by John Lavarnway, and sound by James Dunlap.
On the stage, this production features Layan Elwazani as Lise, Mathys Herbert as Otto Berg, DeLee Cooper as Amalia Berg, Mimi Kilpstine (Elena Guarneri), Tommy DiMassimo (Gianni “Juan” Guarneri), Kristina Hopkins (Paula Guarneri), Stephen Kell (Henri Fontannes) Logan Torbet (Alberto Barcos), Alyssa Brembeck (Maddalena Guarneri), Jasmine Easler (Rosa Arrua), Diana Frankhauser (Clara Stepaneck), Julia Gomez (Leila), Ally Miller and Taylor Hinkle (Lise 2), and Julian Rojas (Santo Arrua)
For tickets and theatre information call the Box Office at 937-775-2500.