Lumen Repertory Theatre to present compelling drama


The Lumen Repertory Theatre’s inaugural production of its 2024 season will be the compelling drama “A Small Fire” by Obie Award winner Adam Bock. This evocative play, directed by Brian Niece, will feature the Jacksonville local Brooks Anne Meierdierks as Emily Bridges in a performance that promises to move audiences.

This poignant story highlights the resilience of human connection in the face of adversity. Described as a theatrical combo plate, the play offers a mix of raucous humor and unexpected emotional depth. It is a bold look at the notion that some bridges just won’t burn.

“A Small Fire” follows Emily Bridges, a woman who has fiercely controlled her family, her work and her life, but suddenly begins to lose her senses. As she navigates this uncharted territory, the play beautifully explores the unpredictable nature of life and the resilience of human spirit. It's a story that resonates with the bold theme of Lumen Repertory Theatre's season, inviting audiences to engage with the strength and vulnerability of the human condition. 

The strong physicality and unique approach to live performance that the professionals of Lumen Repertory Theatre are becoming known for will be on full display. In this second year of Northeast Florida’s only fully professional, regional, repertory theatre company, “A Small Fire” sets the tone for a groundbreaking slate of bold and transformative journeys.

Performances of “A Small Fire” begin Friday, Feb. 16, and run through March 2 in the historic San Marco Church at 1620 Naldo Ave.

“In our inaugural season, we illuminated some of the possibilities for world-class, professional theatre here on the First Coast,” said Niece. “For season 2024, we are unflinchingly raising the heat on a bold theme that is sure to delight, provoke and open the door to even more possibilities for artists and audiences alike.”

In addition to Meierdierks, the cast includes James Webb, Bill Ratliff and Pauleen Conde. The production team includes Niece as sound designer, Josh Andrews as stage manager, Claire Cimino as set and production designer, Mike Livingston as lighting designer and Cathy Dooley as costume designer.     

For more information on “A Small Fire,” the season ahead and how to purchase tickets, go to

All performances are at 7:30 p.m. The show dates are: Feb. 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, and March 1 and 2. Tickets are $45, $20 for students with valid student ID.