Newcomer Corey Craig to Star With NYPD Blue's James Handy in the Hollywood Premiere of ‘Finding The Burnett Heart’

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Veteran film and television actor James Handy (The Verdict, Arachnophobia, NYPD Blues, Alias, and Criminal Minds) returns to the stage for the Los Angeles premiere of “Finding The Burnett Heart,” which won every major award for its world premiere in last year’s thriving Detroit theater scene. Handy - who has charmed theater goers for decades in productions ranging from A Moon For The Misbegotten, Death Of A Salesman, and Guys And Dolls, to Dracula – tackles the role of James Burnett, the cantankerous old grandfather forced to move in with his children after a devastating fire. He moves into the room, and into the hidden life, of his grandson, Tyler, played expertly by young newcomer Corey Craig (The Jace Hall Show, LaLa Land). Tension rises and secrets are exposed, with a raw venom that only family can induce; never before has a youth coming out as gay been done so angrily – and had such consequences.

Tension rises and secrets are exposed, with a raw venom that only family can induce; never before has a youth coming out as gay been done so angrily – and had such consequences.

Veteran film and television actor James Handy (The Verdict, Arachnophobia, NYPD Blue, Alias, and Criminal Minds) returns to the stage for the Los Angeles premiere of “Finding The Burnett Heart,” which won every major award for its world premiere in last year’s thriving Detroit theater scene. Handy - who has charmed theater goers for decades in productions ranging from A Moon For The Misbegotten, Death Of A Salesman, and Guys And Dolls, to Dracula – tackles the role of James Burnett, the cantankerous old grandfather forced to move in with his children after a devastating fire. He moves into the room, and into the hidden life, of his grandson, Tyler, played expertly by young newcomer Corey Craig (The Jace Hall Show, LaLa Land). Tension rises and secrets are exposed, with a raw venom that only family can induce; never before has a youth coming out as gay been done so angrily – and had such consequences.

“Finding The Burnett Heart” is the fourth play by published playwright, Paul Elliot, and it is his best. Thirty years of television writing and producing has helped him hone his craft, and his words are weapons in this gripping drama. There is lots of humor, too. In fact, fighting has never been so funny as director Jeffrey Hutchinson (Harvey, Slaughterhouse Five, and television’s Chuck) pushes the cast to deliver genuine, heart-warming, and often, hilarious performances in this west coast premiere.

The play also stars Colleen McGrann (Boston Public, Desperate Housewives and Entourage) as Tyler’s struggling mother and Jeff L. Williams (A Few Good Men, Barefoot In The Park, and Guys And Dolls) as her husband who’s fighting to make the right choices for his family, and quite possibly his life.

Previews May 14th, 15th & 20th, with the opening of a four-week run on May 21st at the beautiful 55 seat Missing Piece Theatre on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, CA.

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