Panel discussion with the playwright, director, and cast of THE FIRESTORM, focusing on the issues raised in the play and how they relate to recent events covered in the press. Moderated by Harold Steward
by Meridith Friedman
NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK ROLLING WORLD PREMIERE
DIRECTED BY KDT CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Patrick Henderson, a candidate for governor of Ohio, is married to Gaby, an Ivy League-educated, African-American attorney. While a strong political power couple on paper, there's one small hiccup: their interracial marriage. With interracial couples still a rarity on the campaign trail, their relationship is something of a political liability-particularly in a swing-state. Leslie, the campaign's assistant manager, strategizes to make the couple's relationship more relatable to traditionalist voters, while also counting on Gaby to secure the African-American voter block. However, the campaign is hit with a major controversy when a racially charged prank from Patrick's brief days pledging a fraternity in college emerges in the media. Suddenly, Gaby's skin color is thrust to the forefront of the campaign, and she is charged with defending her husband against accusations of racism and saving the campaign from implosion. As the pressure builds and intensifies, the political becomes explosively personal and the façade of their seemingly picture-perfect marriage begins to fracture.