Baptism by Fire is based on Joseph Campbell’s PBS special, the Power of Myth with Bill Moyer. The play explores a botched Rite of Passage ritual between an estranged father and his son [because that is what has happened in America for the last sixty years], shortly after the son has committed a heinous act of violence against a fellow artist. Here John Dapolito explores Mr. Campbell’s compelling PBS comment that America has lost sight of the rite of passage rituals power…today we only get a slap on the wrist. John brings us deep into the underground cave (basement apartment) of a seemingly brutal and unforgiving world…but is it? It’s here that he attempts to reveal the deep hunger for male guidance in America, as evidenced by our “lost-boys” and “man-child” culture. A truly powerful read and night of theatre.