Burning the Old Man (2019)

Burning the Old Man (2019)

Oct 10-13, 2019

Burning the Old Man (2019)

"But unfortunately, the Old Man wanted us to do this together. And that's exactly what we're going to do."

Two brothers who can’t stand each other have 24 hours left to fulfill their dad’s dying wish to have his ashes scattered at Burning Man. When their car goes up in smoke near a seedy motel in the desert, they’re forced to confront their worst enemy: themselves. Don't miss the regional premiere of this serious comedy.

Chip Persons directs a cast of CU Theatre & Dance's talented student performers. Don't wait to purchase tickets! Due to limited seating, tickets sell fast. But in the intimate Loft Theatre, every audience member gets a front row experience to this play.

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Performance dates and times: 

Thursday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.

Please note: The production contains adult language and possible explosive sound effects. It discusses themes of suicide and domestic violence.

Q&A with ‘Burning the Old Man’ Playwright Kelly McAllister & Director Chip Persons

On October 10th, CU Theatre & Dance opens “Burning the Old Man,” a serious comedy about two brothers who can’t stand each other, tasked with fulfilling their father’s dying wish to have his ashes scattered at Burning Man. CU Presents sat down with playwright Kelly McAllister and Director Chip Persons to talk about the play’s upcoming regional premiere at CU’s Loft Theatre.

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Chip Persons

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Ailee Dreher


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Grant Bowman


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Jason Toennis


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Sean Guderian


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Leandra Fischman


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Lucas Feuer


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Artistic Team


Kelly McAllister

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Assistant Director

Brittny Ann Cook

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Assistant Stage Manager

Isa Balboni

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Lighting Designer

Cooper Braun-Enos

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Stage Manager

Clara Hoppe

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Costume Designer

Veronica Dewey

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