Television and film star D.B. Sweeney stars as the fireman Montag in a new adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic novel, "Fahrenheit 451," beginnning performances Oct. 26. Farenheit 451, directed by Charles Rome Smith (Falling Upward, Tallulah and Tennessee) and co-produced by Bradbury's Pandemonium Theatre Company, has already extended its run at Los Angeles' Falcon Theatre, where the futuristic drama will play through Nov. 24.
Sweeney recently had a recurring role on TV's "Once and Again." His film credits include "Gardens of Stone," "Eight Men Out," "Memphis Belle," "The Cutting Edge," "Spawn" and "Dinosaur."
John M. Jackson of TV's "JAG," plays the antagonist Fire Chief Beatty. Also featured is Jonelle Allen, a 1972 Tony nominee for the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona and a regular on "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman."
Completing the cast are Marguerite MacIntyre ("The Red Dragon"), Jay Gerber, Priscilla Allen, Jordan Seider, Philip Sokoloff, David Evans Brandt, Morocco Omari, Felisa Kazen, Judy Wolstrom, Tammy Hart, Michael Barton, Greg Vojtanek and Fred Hamel.
Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper burns, a fitting moniker for this dark tale about the illiterate 24th century when all reading is forbidden. Guy Montag is a book-incinerating fireman who, in the line of duty, meets an idealistic teenager and her grandfather. They teach Montag the pleasures of intellectual freedom, driving him apart from his wife, his friends and his boss and ultimately putting his life in danger. Bradbury penned the theatrical adaptation himself. Tickets are $25-$37.50. The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank and on the web at http://www.falcontheatre.com. For reservations, call (818) 955-8101.
— By Christine Ehren