Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson ignites the UCSC summer stage with ‘Burn This’. Plus: We raise the curtain and look inside Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s boldest season yet.
Sometimes, it’s the story behind the story that’s just as interesting as the story—maybe even more.
It’s hard not to think that that is the case after walking away from a conversation with Lanford Wilson. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is in the spotlight locally this summer, thanks to Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Wilson’s soul-stirring play, “Burn This,” is one of the two contemporary works unfolding in this year’s festival—the other is “Bach at Leipzig” by Itamar Moses. Presented in repertory with William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” and “All’s Well That Ends Well,” “Burn This” not only offers audiences an opportunity to connect with a brilliant work, but also to the living playwright responsible for creating it.