Full Length Musical
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - A cemetery (and various flashback locales). The present.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
No intermission, Stage Combat
Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
ASCAP Music Award
One year ago, Edmond died in horrible fire. He took with him the dreams of his fiancée, Meredith, the trust of his best friend, Eric, and the answers to the burning questions that still linger about his death and the terrible crime he committed. But on a stormy night at the cemetery where he rests, the secrets from his past will finally refuse to stay buried; and those he left behind will finally refuse to stay silent.
In this original, suspense-filled musical thriller by the author/composer of Thrill Me, there are enough twists, turns and surprises to keep the audience guessing up until the final shocking moments.
“Stephen Dolginoff plays with the audience’s mind and perception from the first minute. As the story unfolds and reality becomes fiction while fiction becomes reality, the audience is left dumfounded as they try, and fail spectacularly, to guess the next twist. I have to say that Flames was a really great show. From the opening thunderstorm, through the various plot twists, blowing away my perceptions of my skills to anticipate theatrical writing, Flames kept me spellbound all the way.” -Londontheatre1.com
“Very sophisticated and skillful. The dialogue, is pithy, tight and witty but also plausibly naturalistic and affectionate when it needs to be. Dolginoff is adept at setting up the emotional conflicts in a way that makes the transition from words to music entirely natural. The lyrics are always plot-driven, taking the action forward ... The music is generally propulsive, showcasing the words above all rather than overwhelming them, but with pools of quieter repose to crystallise a point and emphasise an emotional nuance... Arresting chord sequences and interesting harmonic smudges that signal changes of mood and floated melodic phrases that capture the emotional and lyrical aspirations of the characters powerfully.” - Britishtheatre.com
"Four Stars! A thrilling psychological drama! Flames is a heart wrenching, gripping exploration of love, friendship, betrayal, trust and revenge.” - International Theatre Review
"A twisty plot that is partly Pinter and partly Pirandello as it flirts endlessly with menace and a final graveyard reckoning. Provokes smouldering embers of passion and interest. Suffice it to say all is not what it seems!” - The Stage, UK
“It’s like Alfred Hitchcock meets Edgar Allan Poe!” – Sioux City Journal
“I gasped out loud!” – Sioux City Online
Flames was originally produced at LAMB Arts Regional Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa (Russell Wooley, Managing/Artistic Director/Producer; Diana Wooley, Producer), opening on October 17, 2013, under the direction of Russell Wooley.
The London production of Flames opened at the Waterloo East Theatre (Gerald Armin, Artistic Director) on May 12, 2015, under the direction of Garry Noakes.