Genre: Drama
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If you had the power to revise your past, what would you change? Who would you be? In A Lifetime Burning, trust fund darling Emma imagines what her life would have been like had she come from a less privileged background. Trouble is, she chronicles her alternate life in a new tell-all “memoir” that was sold for a hefty advance. When Emma is exposed, will her sister, Tess, stand by her? Or will Emma’s deceit destroy their already fractured relationship? This dark comedy brings up questions of legacy, loyalty and what it means to belong.


Cusi Cram’s work has been hailed as imaginative, original, poetic and has been produced across the country at theaters such as Barrington Stage, The Public Theater and South Coast Rep. “This season, Primary Stages is excited to highlight the plays of three exciting voices in the theater,” said Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director. “We are thrilled that Cusi Cram’s play opens our 25th Anniversary Season.”

The creative team includes Kris Stone (Set), Theresa Squire (Costumes), David Weiner (Lights), and Daniel Baker (Sound). The Production Stage Manager is C.A. Clark.

About the Company: Primary Stages

Primary Stages recently announced their 2009-2010 season that highlights an all-female roster of playwrights: the world premiere of A Lifetime Burning by Cusi Cram (July 28 - September 5, 2009), the New York premieres of Night Watcher by Charlayne Woodard (September 22 - October 31, 2009), and Happy Now? by Lucinda Coxon (January 26 - March 6, 2010) at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street).

Preview:   07/28/09
Open:   08/11/09
Close:   09/05/09

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Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. on August 2, 9 & 16, and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 p.m. on August 19, 26 & September 2. Following the public performances on August 13 & 27, there are special "Artist/Audience Talkbacks" for the attendees of those performances.

Theater:   59E59 Theaters
Address:   59 East 59th Street
New York, NY
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Company: Primary Stages         Official Web Site: www.primarystages.org