An Early History of Fire is set in a small Midwestern town at the tipping point of the early 1960s.
A few years out of high school, Danny finds his days defined by friendship and loyalty—but a confusing new world encroaches in the form of Karen, back from college in the East, alluring and unsettling because of all she has learned. Awhirl in longing and eyeing a chance for radical change, Danny struggles against the grip of his immigrant father, who clings to his only son while mourning a vanished world of lost prestige.
This world premiere marks David Rabe's return to The New Group, following the company's acclaimed 2005 revival of Hurlyburly.
Read our exclusive interview with David Rabe about his spiritual awakening while he rehearsed this play.