The cast of The Burning Pestle in a dressing room
The Burning Pestle | Photo: Andre Goulet

The Burning Pestle

Don’t miss local award-winning playwright’s new work with Scorpio Theatre

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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The second in local playwright Dan Gibbins’ Dying on Stage series, this meta show from Scorpio Theatre sees a playwright and his actors conflicted over a donor’s change to the script.

Sometime has passed since we saw the wheels go off the cart at Taranto Theatre with the cast and crew spinning in circles to try to get the play staged, but here we are again.

With bankruptcy at the door, the theatre patron has decided to change things up on opening night. Who embraces this new plot? Who fights against it? Can the company keep the story moving long enough to reach the curtain call?

A witty look at the play-within-a-play trope, the story takes place on the opening of a comedy of star-crossed lovers from house playwright Phil Payton. Forced to adapt at the last minute, the simple romance is complicated by the addition of a new character, an unpredictable knight—the Knight of the Burning Pestle.

The Burning Pestle runs February 21 to 29, 2020 at the Joyce Doolittle Theatre, Pumphouse Theatre (2140 Pumphouse Ave. SW).