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Burn This by Lanford Wilson

12 May - 24 May

16th Street in association with HST presents

Burn This by Lanford Wilson


12 – 24 May 2020


12 – 24 May 2020

previews: Tuesday 12 May
Wednesday 13 May
opening night: Thursday 14 May
duration: tbc
Tuesday to Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 5:30pm
ticket price: $30 – $45
bookings: 03 9662 9966

warnings: contains coarse language

UPDATE 19/03/20

In response to the unfolding health situation, fortyfivedownstairs, 16th Street & HST have made the decision to postpone the season of Burn This. All ticket holders will be contacted with the option to transfer or refund their tickets.




Two unlikely strangers are brought together by a mysterious death, their connection sparks a chemistry too explosive to ignore. When Anna (Anna Burgess) a serious-minded choreographer meets Pale (Mark Diaco) a hothead restaurant manager, the grief-stricken couple are drawn to each other despite their best impulses.

Set in a lower Manhattan loft apartment in 1985 New York, a far cry from the city it is today. Abandoned streets, crumbling buildings full of decay. Crime-ridden, sanitation strikes, morally bankrupt with a raging drug and AIDS epidemic. Burn This is about a city in transitions and classic romantic love-triangle in transcendence, but much rougher around the edges. 

The New York Times raves: ‘Burn This cherishes every involuntary spark of feeling that suddenly lights up the darkness.’

In an age of disconnectedness, don’t miss this smouldering story of love, denial and discovery by one of the most vital playwrights of the modern era.

Producers: Mark Diaco, Kim Krejus

Director: Iain Sinclair

Featuring: Anna Burgess, Alex Cooke, Mark Diaco, Mark Yeates

Photography: Melissa Butler

Ticket Prices:

Preview: $30
Full: $45
Concession: $35
Group 6+: $35
Under 30s: $30
Early Bird: $35 (limited availability for performances 14 – 20 May)


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members




12 May
24 May
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