Finding the Burnett Heart
"CRITIC'S PICK! One of the best plays to come along in some time." BACKSTAGE
LA WEEKLY says, "GO!"
"Directed by Jeremy Aldridge, FINDING THE BURNETT HEART has as much soul as it has heart...a story that is witty" - ACCESSIBLY LIVE
"This powerful new work by Paul Elliott...Often hilarious and always gut-wrenchingly honest, it's not just a play." - BROADWAY WORLD
"...moving depictions of family dysfunction...I urge you to take a chance on this dark horse"
- STAGE SCENE LA
Thu, Apr 19 – Sun, May 27
Thurs, Fri, Sat 8 pm
$25 Thurs, Fri, Sat
$20 Sunday Matinee
Opening Night Gala - April 20, 2012 - $35
Special Show Info
Running time: 115 minutes.
There will be an intermission.
Elephant Stages - Lillian Theatre
6322 Santa Monica Blvd
(Santa Monica & 1076 Lillian Way)
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Ample Street Parking
Special Theatre Info
The theatre has concessions.
For sixteen-year old Tyler Burnett, it’s hard enough just being a teenager, without being suddenly forced to share your room with your seventy-year old grandfather, a man who has based his entire life on making others miserable. They are a cross-generational odd couple whose dysfunction is heightened by the fact they are family, which makes for riveting drama and hilarious comedy. Trapped together in a room barely big enough for one boy's dream, these adversaries discover and, with great difficulty, eventually embrace the meaning of tolerance that differences are a good thing and that each generation can learn from the other. Finding the Burnett Heart beautifully and powerfully conveys that crisis reveals ones true nature: the vital importance of unconditional love, the transformative power of acceptance, our capacity for change/growth, and the true meaning of family. Most importantly, this is a story of life and death -- how quickly and unexpectedly we can die, which makes it all the more important how we choose to live.