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Due to audience demand, Royal Family is bringing 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.

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 JACOBSON
 
CHOREOGRAPHED BY LORNA VENTURA
DIRECTED BY CHRIS HENRY / LORNA VENTURA

FEATURING (SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY): 

Gina Naomi Baez, Andréa Burns, Kathleen Chalfant, Maddie Corman, Judy Gold, Julie Halston, Steffanie Leigh, Cynthia Mace, Gargi Mukherjee, Alysia Reiner, Laila Robins, Constance Shulman, Lianah Sta. Ana, and Ashley Williams. 

 

Dance Ensemble featuring Samantha Butts, Emily Anne Davis, Erica Misilo, and Mariah Reives.

“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 amazing 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”), Andréa Burns (In The Heights, On Your Feet, The Rose Tattoo) 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), Judy Gold (Kill Me Now, The Judy Gold Show: My Life as a Sitcom), Julie Halston (Tootsie, Gypsy, The Women), Steffanie Leigh (War Paint, Mary Poppins), Cynthia Mace (Angels in America, Safe Home) Gargi Mukherjee (The Namesake, Karma Calling), 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), Constance Shulman (“Orange is the New Black,” “Doug,” The Broken Ones, The Rose Tattoo), Lianah Sta. Ana (Miss Saigon) and Ashley Williams ("The Jim Gaffigan Show," "How I Met Your Mother," A Time to Kill) with a dance ensemble of Samantha Butts, Emily Anne Davis, Erica Misilo, and Mariah Reives.

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).
 

PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS:
NOVEMBER 4, 2019:
 
Royal Family was thrilled to perform WOMEN ON FIRE: STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINES at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield, CT on Monday, November 4, 2019.​ Cheryl Wiesenfeld presented this explosive piece of theatre to the Quick Center as part of her Global Theatre Performance Series.  The evening was a special benefit performance for the Quick Center and Fairfield University.
The creative team for this production includes Chris Henry (playwright/director), Lorna Ventura (choreography), Cheyenne Sykes (set, lighting, and costume design), Lars Jacobsen (original music), Chet Miller (sound design), and Perry Street Theatricals (general management).
The amazing cast for this production featured stars of stage and screen including Yassmin Alers (On Your Feet, Chain Link, The Capeman, Rent), Gina Naomi Baez (“She’s Gotta Have It Too,” Triple Threat, Hunchback of Notre Dame, “Orange is the New Black”), 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), Steffanie Leigh (War Paint, Mary Poppins), Gargi Mukherjee (The Namesake, Karma Calling), Portia (The Rose Tattoo, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan) 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), Constance Shulman (“Orange is the New Black,” “Doug,” The Broken Ones, The Rose Tattoo), and Lianah Sta. Ana (Miss Saigon) with a dance ensemble of Maïa Eugene, Kirsten Foster, Camri Hewie and Emily Ulrich.
Royal Family Productions would like to thank the Theatre Authority and the Performers’ Unions for their cooperation for allowing their artists to appear in this production.
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WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE - May 11 -June 8, 2018

FEATURING / Yassmin Alers*, Rosa Arredondo*, Brooke Averi*, Gina Naomi Baez*, Blair Baker*, Kristy Cates*, Kathleen Chalfant*, Maddie Corman*, Rose Courtney*, Catherine Curtin*, Elizabeth A. Davis*, Pamela Dunlap*, Maïa Eugene, Kiersten Foster, Penny Fuller*, Yllka Gashi, Simone Harrison*, Colleen Hawks*, Musa Hitomi, Chieh Hsiung, Stephanie Jae Park*, Steffanie Leigh*, Lauran L’Rae, Cythia Mace*, Jonelle Margallo*, Ali Marsh*, Tracy McMullan*, Kara Menendez, Gargi Mukherjee, Alyssa Ness, Tonye Patano*, Kira Player, Maryann Plunkett*, Laila Robins*, Constance Shulman*, Lianah Sta. Ana*, and Mary Testa*

Scenic and Lighting Design / Cheyenne Sykes
Sound Design / Chet Miller
Original Music /  Lars Jacobsen
Production Stage Manager / Tyler Danhaus and Kyle Conn

Associate Director / Jessica Wu
Choreographer / Lorna Ventura
Director / Chris Henry**

*Actors appear courtesy of Actor Equity Association and the Theatre Authority Inc.
**Director appears courtesy of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

WHAT THE CRITICS HAD TO SAY:

“Royal Family's WOMEN ON FIRE blazes with truth"

MANHATTAN DIGEST

“Have a look at WOMEN ON FIRE"

THEATERMANIA

“Why You Should Listed To These Women's Stories"

STAGEBUDDY

BENEFIT PERFORMANCE - March 18, 2018

 

FEATURING / Brooke Averi*, Blair Baker*, Kathleen Chalfant*, Elizabeth A. Davis*, Maïa Eugene, Ali Ewoldt*, Simone Harrison*, Evelyn Howe, Cady Huffman*, Mila Jam, Cythia Mace*, Kara Menendez, Gargi Mukherjee, Kira Player, Mariah Reives, Laila Robins*, Elise Santora* and Lianah Sta. Ana*

Scenic and Lighting Design / Cheyenne Sykes
Sound Design / Andy Evan Cohen
Original Music /  Lars Jacobsen
Associate Director / Jessica Wu
Choreographer / Lorna Ventura
Director / Chris Henry**

*Actors appear courtesy of Actor Equity Association and the Theatre Authority Inc.
**Director appears courtesy of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

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