|"The Dream of the Burning Boy"... Strong Moving Performances By All The Cast Members... (pictured) Zach Palmer, Jayne McLendon, Jeff Hayenga & Joslyn Kramer|
|Melissa Kite & Tyler Ritter|
|Mellisa Kite & Jeff Hayenga... all photos courtesy McCarthy Photo Studio|
David West Read's "The Dream of the Burning Boy" is a must see new production at the Malibu Playhouse.
The poignant contemporary one act award winning play follows the lives of faculty, friends & family members following the sudden death of a popular student named Dane (well played by Matthias Chrans). Stage & screen veteran Jeff Hayenga stars as Larry the teacher at the school who is the last to see Dane alive and is excellent. Dane's angst ridden sister Rachel is winningly portrayed by Jayne McLendon & his mourning girlfriend Chelsea is well acted by Joslyn Kramer. Tyler Ritter is charming and terrific as Steve the school counselor doing his best to help everyone through a very difficult time. Melissa Kite is very moving in her portrayal of Dane's grieving mother and Zach Palmer is great as a fellow student with a lot more than studying on his mind. The play, well directed by Edward Edwards & stylishly produced by Gene Franklin Smith & Rick D. Wasserman runs till Sunday, October 13th and is well worth the trip if you don't live in the Malibu area. For more information visit www.malibuplayhouse.org/burningboy or call 310 589 1998. HH