Women On Fire:
Stories from the Frontlines
Photo by Russ Rowland
Due to audience demand, Royal Family brought back a revised version of WOMEN ON FIRE: Stories from the Frontlines for a limited 14-performance run - once again featuring a star-studded cast of powerful women.
Women On Fire was performed February 21 - February 29, 2020. Previously scheduled shows in March were canceled due to Covid-19
First presented by Royal Family Productions in a sold-out 2018 mainstage production, WOMEN ON FIRE: Stories from the Frontlines, is written by Chris Henry.
Based on true stories as collected by Henry, she explores the "State of the United States" from different cultural, socio-economic, and diverse perspectives. The explosive choreography by Lorna Ventura weaves together the stories, creating a dynamic, theatrical event.
WRITTEN BY CHRIS HENRY
AS TOLD BY A GROUP OF ANONYMOUS WOMEN
SCENIC, LIGHTING, AND COSTUME DESIGN BY CHEYENNE SYKES
SOUND DESIGN BY CHET MILLER
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY LARS JACOBSEN
CHOREOGRAPHED BY LORNA VENTURA
DIRECTED BY CHRIS HENRY / LORNA VENTURA
KYLE CONN, PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER
Gina Naomi Baez, Stephanie J. Block, Kathy Brier, Andréa Burns, Kathleen Chalfant, Maddie Corman, Rosa Curry, Paige Gilbert, Judy Gold, Julie Halston, Simone Harrison, Cady Huffman, Steffanie Leigh, Cynthia Mace, Gargi Mukherjee, Rebecca Nelson, Olivia Oguma, Portia, Connie Ray, Alysia Reiner, Laila Robins, Debra Jo Rupp, Constance Shulman, Lianah Sta. Ana, Desi Waters, and Ashley Williams.
Dance Ensemble featuring Samantha Butts, Emily Anne Davis, Erica Misilo, Mariah Reives, and Samantha Waters.
“One night, I was watching the news. For what seems like the millionth time since November 2016, I was so angry, and I screamed, “I’m going to go to the White House and set myself on fire!” Instead, Women on Fire: Stories from the Frontlines was born. The piece is just a start. A small pebble in a giant ocean of stories."
– Writer/ Director, Women on Fire, Chris Henry
The rotating cast features stars of stage and screen including Gina Naomi Baez (She’s Gotta Have It, Triple Threat, Hunchback of Notre Dame, “Orange is the New Black”), Stephanie J. Block (The Cher Show, Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Boy from Oz), Kathy Brier (Hairspray, “One Life to Live”), Andréa Burns (On Your Feet, In the Heights, The Nance) Kathleen Chalfant (“House of Cards,” “Law & Order,” “The Affair,” Angels in America, Wit), Maddie Corman (Accidentally Brave, Some Kind of Wonderful, When We Rise, Next Fall), Rosa Curry (The Rocky Horror Show, Steel Pier), Paige Gilbert (The Rose Tattoo, Late Night), Judy Gold (“The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom), Julie Halston (Tootsie, You Can’t Take It With You, The Divine Sister), Simone Harrison (Love/Sick), Cady Huffman (The Producers, The Nance, “The Good Wife,”) Steffanie Leigh (War Paint, Mary Poppins), Cynthia Mace (“The OA,” “Mindhunter,” Safe Home) Gargi Mukherjee (The Namesake, Karma Calling), Rebecca Nelson (Trust, Henry Fool), Olivia Oguma (Mamma Mia, Les Miserables), Portia (Stew, The Rose Tattoo) Connie Ray (Thank You For Smoking, Stuart Little), Alysia Reiner (“Orange is the New Black,” Better Things, How to Get Away with Murder, Egg, “The Deuce”), Laila Robins (“Murder in the First,” “Deception,” Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Heartbreak House, Frozen), Debra Jo Rupp (“That 70’s Show,” “Friends”) Constance Shulman (“Orange is the New Black,” “Doug,” The Broken Ones, The Rose Tattoo), Lianah Sta. Ana (Miss Saigon), Desi Waters (“The Blacklist”), and Ashley Williams (“The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “How I Met Your Mother”) and with a dance ensemble of Samantha Butts, Emily Anne Davis, Erica Misilo, Mariah Reives, and Samantha Warner.
The creative team for this production includes Chris Henry (playwright/director), Lorna Ventura (choreographer/director), Cheyenne Sykes (set, lighting, and costume design), Lars Jacobsen (original music), and Chet Miller (sound design).