“This story makes me laugh and cry and laugh again,” says Rachel Parish, director of Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up. “I think the biggest surprise is how this simple coming of age story is both ridiculous and completely familiar. The characters in Lucy Alibar's tender and heartfelt coming-of-age story are so recognizable to any southerner who has ever loved their daddy, battled a school bully or seen how much kindness is needed in the world, even for those who sometimes seem like they least deserve it. This is a story of love triumphing over fear in the wild world of a small town dreamer.”
A lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a clutter of in-bred cats, phone calls from death row and Daddy’s burnpile are only a few of many elements in Alibar’s stew of stories. Alibar and her father fostered a close relationship and when she was only nine years old, Alibar became her dad’s secretary. Her father is a central character to Alibar’s story: he is a pro bono defense attorney who represents an eccentric slew of murderers, arsonists and other lowly criminals. His “burnpile” is an outdoor trash heap where he stores all of his dead client’s files. Lucy is unaware of both the danger that surrounds her and the neglect she encounters throughout the fourth grade. While her dad seems to be looking out for her, Alibar often struggles to balance her feelings of loneliness. Aurora Theatre playgoers are sure to be captivated by the enchanting stories in this coming-of-age tale.
Taylor M. Dooley is set to star in the powerful solo performance under the direction of Rachel Parish. Dooley graduated from Emory University with a theatre studies degree and is a regular at Dad’s Garage. On television and film, Taylor is best known for her roles in KatieBird (2005), Flying Naked (2006) and Rufus (2006). With special experience in directing, devising and dramaturgy for new plays, Parish’s work has premiered in the UK, Ireland, China, Switzerland, United States, Croatia and Gabon, with support from organizations including Arts Council England, the Wellcome Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up will play at Aurora Theatre September 8 – October 1, 2017. Tickets are currently on sale; single ticket prices range from $20 – $30 and may be purchased online at bitly.com/AuroraBurnpile or by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222 Group rates are also available. For more information on this production or other programming, please visit auroratheatre.com.
Regular show times are as follows:
- Thursday–Saturday: 8 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 2:30 p.m.