Raja Feather Kelly's The Fires Extends at Soho Rep Off-Broadway | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Raja Feather Kelly's The Fires Extends at Soho Rep Off-Broadway

The playwriting debut from the A Strange Loop and Lempicka choreographer officially opened May 21.

Phillip James Brannon , Ronald Peet, Sheldon Best, and Beau Badu in The Fires Julieta Cervantes

SoHo Rep has announced a two-week extension to its world premiere production of Raja Feather Kelly's The Fires. Previously slated to close June 16 at the Off-Broadway venue, the run will now continue through June 30.

The playwriting debut from the A Strange Loop and Lempicka choreographer began performances May 8, and officially opened May 21. Read the reviews here.

The work centers on three different men in a South Brooklyn railroad apartment. In 1971, 1998, and 2021, the individuals each write, read, flirt, eat, and fight at the same time. Kelly directs the piece himself.

The cast includes Beau Badu as Eli, Sheldon Best as Sam,Phillip James Brannon as Jay, Janelle McDermoth as Rowan, Ronald Peet as George/Sean/Kayne, Jon-Michael Reese as Maurice, Jason Veasey as Billy/Reggie, and Tony Award-nominee Michelle Wilson as Leslie.

The production features music by Emily Wells, dramaturgy by Dominique Rider, scenic design by Raphael Mishler, co-costume design by Naoko Nagata and Enver Chakartash, lighting design by Bryan Ealey, sound design by Salvador Zamora, hair and makeup design by Karine Ivey, intimacy direction by Teniece Divya Johnson, and creative circle by Lauren Morrow and Ayanna Thompson.

The premiere of The Fires arrives during a prolific season for the creative, with Kelly's choreography seen onstage in Teeth at Playwrights Horizons and Lempicka on Broadway.

“I'm an experimental artist, and I believe The Fires is a continuation of my interest in experimentation while also realizing my excitement about creating a proper play. I am equally excited to direct this, to apply the things that are paramount to my vision of the form: I'm so fond of behavior as storytelling—it’s what led me to become a choreographer—and now it’s leading me back to writing and wanting to direct more," said Kelly in a previous statement.

For tickets and more information, visit SoHoRep.org.

Photos: Soho Rep's The Fires

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