Victor Lirio Directs; Cast Features James Burman, Tian Chaudhry, and Freddy Sawyer

London, UK—Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter will make its London premiere Off West End for a limited run at The Turbine Theatre in London’s historic Battersea Power Station located at Arches Lane, Nine Elms, London SW11 8AB. The limited run will begin performances on 23 September and through 02 October, 2021, at 7PM. Directed by Victor Lirio, Red Light Winter will feature James Burman, Tian Chaudhry, and Freddy Sawyer. For tickets, visit

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2006, Red Light Winter is a two-act play by American playwright Adam Rapp. Escaping their lives in Manhattan, former college buddies Matt (Burman) and Davis (Sawyer) take off to the Netherlands and find themselves thrown into a bizarre love triangle with a beautiful young prostitute named Christina (Chaudhry). But the romance they find in Europe is eventually overshadowed by the truth they discover at home.

From Broadway Play Publishing: “Red Light Winter is a play of sexual intrigue that explores the myriad and misguided ways we seek to fill the empty spaces inside us.”

Heidi Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote: “Spellbinding and haunting … Rapp is the real thing—a poet in the grand tradition of ‘la vie bohème.’”

Adam Rapp is an OBIE Award-winning playwright and director as well as a novelist, filmmaker, actor, and musician. His play, The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois, had its world première at South Coast Repertory. His other plays include Blackbird, The Metal Children, Finer Noble Gases, Through the Yellow Hour, The Hallway Trilogy, Nocturne, Ghosts in the Cottonwoods, Animals and Plants, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Faster, Gompers, Essential Self-Defense, American Slingo, and Kindness. For film, he wrote the screenplay for Winter Passing; and directed Loitering with Intent. Rapp has been the recipient of the 1999 Princess Grace Award for Playwriting, a 2000 Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the 2001 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, and Boston’s Elliot Norton Award. He was short-listed for the 2003 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing; received the 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a 2007 Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship; and the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Director Victor Lirio has directed two new plays by Cassandra Medley: Coming Up for Air, a full-length play about climate change (recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Grant), for Ensemble Studio Theatre’s First Light Festival, starring Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins; and Cell for Playing on Air (radio drama) with four-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (Showtime’s Billions, A Doll’s House Part 2).

When all theatre venues were shut down in August 2020, he produced and directed a multi-cam full production livestream of Edward Allan Baker plays, North of Providence and Dolores, filmed live from a converted soundstage in Bristol, UK.

Victor also directed Warren Bodow’s Race Music (New York Times Critics Choice), Cassandra Medley’s Noon Day Sun (Time Out New York Critic's Choice), which starred OBIE and Emmy Award winner Ron Cephas Jones (NBC’s This is Us), earning several nominations for Audelco Awards including Best Dramatic Production of the Year. He has developed over 35 original works, produced 18 of them in ten productions at Theatre Row since 2005 including three theater festivals—The Equality Plays Festival (about gender identity), Snapshots (about mature women; New York Times Critics Choice), and The Pearl Project (about the Filipino-American diaspora). For DCT’s Green Room Series, Victor directed Yussef El Guindi's Pilgrims Musa & Sheri in the New World (winner of the 2012 Steinberg Award for Best New Play). At Miami Theater Center, he directed Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy and Neil Labute’s The Mercy Seat.

Victor has written for and directed Tony and Olivier Award winner Lea Salonga’s award-winning and critically acclaimed solo concerts in Manila, Philippines (2017 and 2018 Aliw Awards) as well as her shows in New York's legendary venues: Kaleidoscope at The Town Hall, the New York Times acclaimed Back to Before at Café Carlyle, and Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Concert Series in The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. With special permission from Mr. Stephen Sondheim, he wrote and directed Suites by Sondheim, a star-studded concert event at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.  

Victor trained at LAMDA as an actor and earned his Master’s degree in Directing from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Upcoming: Dr Semmelweis at Bristol Old Vic (starring Mark Rylance), directed by Tom Morris.

Members of production and technical teams are certified for COVID-19 Safety at Work and trained on Corona Virus Awareness on Production. Best practice for health and safety will be strongly enforced during production.

Set and costume design: Carly Brownbridge

Lighting design: Joel Williams

Sound design: Oliver Wareham

Original music by Fabian Obispo and Andy Jenks

For tickets and more information about Red Light Winter, please visit


Sara Mikulla

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