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An incendiary love story opens The Echo Theater Company’s 2014 season in its new home at Atwater Village Theatre. Chris Fields directs the world premiere of “Firemen” by Tommy Smith, opening Feb. 8.
Set in rural Washington state during the first Iraq war, “Firemen” explores an unthinkable love relationship between a troubled teenager and his unlikely new girlfriend.
 Smith’s plays frequently look at the fallout of personal relationships through a political lens.

“You read about these rare beautiful flowers that only grow in the middle of a lava flow. Right in the midst of all that danger and destruction is this beautiful flower that no one can get at,” Smith said in a press release. “That’s ‘Firemen.’ Even though the love at the heart of this play destroys everything around it, it’s the real thing.”

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with “Firemen.” Culture Spot LA readers can win a pair of free tickets to the performance on Friday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. Email editor@culturespotla.com with “Firemen” in the subject line to be entered in the drawing.

“Firemen” runs Feb. 8 through March 30 at the Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., LA 90039. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. On-site parking is free. For reservations and information, call (310) 307-3753 or visit www.EchoTheaterCompany.com.