Song of Extinction

Max Forrestal, a musically gifted high school student, is going to fail biology if he doesn’t complete a 20-page paper on extinction by Tuesday.  But Max’s mother is dying of cancer, and school is the last thing on his mind.  His biologist father, obsessed with saving a threatened species of Bolivian insect, is incapable of dealing with his wife’s impending death, or his son’s distress.  Max’s teacher wants to offer him guidance; but helping his student pushes Khim Phan into a magical journey of his own – from the Cambodian fields of his youth into the undiscovered country beyond.

World premiere production by Moving Arts at [Inside] the Ford (through a special Winter Partnership Program with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission) — Los Angeles, CA

Winner: 2008 Production of the Year and Best Lead Actor from the LA Weekly Awards — Los Angeles, CA

By EM Lewis

Directed by Heidi Helen Davis


Darrell Kunitomi – Khim Phan
Will Faught – Max Forrestal
Michael Shutt – Ellery Forrestal
Lori Yeghiayan – Lily Forrestal
Tristan Wright – Dr. Joshua Dorsey
Trey Nichols – Gill Morris

Aileen Cho – sister of Khim Phan
Sophea Pell – mother of Khim Phan
Lance Lanoy – father of Khim Phan


Set Design – Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
Lighting Design – Ian P. Garrett
Costume Design – Laura Buckles
Sound Design – Jason Duplissea
Original Music – Geoffrey Pope