Song of Extinction

Theater Latte Da continues to explore the intersection between drama and music with a regional premiere of E.M. Lewis's celebrated Song of Extinction. The "play with music" centers on Max, a gifted high school student whose life has spiraled out of control. No one seems to notice his struggles, except for a Cambodian biology teacher who becomes Max's guide through the darkness. Spreading across time and continents, Song of Extinction was born of Lewis's desire to write a "science" play. The piece has earned kudos over the past few years, including the Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award and the Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding New Play by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, along with being named production of the year by LA Weekly. Peter Rothstein, fresh from his triumphant work on Ten Thousand Things' Doubt, directs. The cast includes Dan Piering as Max and David Mura as Khim Pham. (Photos by George Byron Griffiths)
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. Starts: Feb. 25. Continues through March 20, 2011

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