Show will go on at Trinity Rep. after small fire

Dee DeQuattro

The show must go on says Trinity Repertory Company after a small fire broke out on the set of a play scheduled to open Thursday.

The fire call went out at around 8:11 p.m. and the theatre was immediately evacuated. The theatre spokesperson Marilyn Busch said there were some students rehearsing in the theatre at the time and a security guard.

Fire fighters arrived on scene and quickly extinguished a small fire on the stage of the smaller downstairs theatre. The fire ignited a mattress that was part of the set in the upcoming production of “Social Creatures,” a production about apocalyptic times and zombies.

The theatre was flooded with heavy smoke so firefighters ventilated the building after extinguishing the fire. The cause of the fire continues to be under investigation.

Busch said the company is currently assessing the damage which appears to be minimal. The production crew has already started replacing the stage flooring that was damaged by the fire and the water used to extinguish it.

Busch said Trinity is still hopes to have the world premier of “Social Creatures,” on Thursday night but will know by Wednesday if a cancellation is necessary.

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