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Deschanel to direct ‘Burning in China’

Cinematographer at helm of NY Fringe production

Among the slew of stage shows descending on Gotham next month for the New York Intl. Fringe Fest, one of them — scribe Gary Moore’s “Burning in China” — arrives with a Hollywood profile thanks to its helmer, veteran cinematographer Caleb Deschanel.

Jeff LeBeau stars in “Burning,” about the playwright’s visit to China in the months prior to the violence that erupted in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Production will incorporate footage shot in China in 1988 by Deschanel, the d.p. of pics including “The Right Stuff,” “The Natural,” “National Treasure” and the upcoming “Dream House.”

“Burning” recounts the events of Moore’s teaching stint at a Shanghai university in 1988, including the performance of a bilingual rap opera Moore wrote, helmed and performed with his students.

Production, which runs Aug. 17-28 at Gotham’s Fourth Street Theater, joins a Fringe lineup that includes a Macbeth-themed take of the latenight wars, “MacChin: The Lamentable Tragedie of Jay Leno” and “Jurassic Parq: The Broadway Musical,” a comic retelling of the blockbuster’s tale from the point of view of the dinosaurs.

Fest, now in its 14th year, will present productions from around 200 companies during its 16-day run, kicking off Aug. 13.

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