Location: Celebration Theatre at the Lex

6760 Lexington

Los Angeles, CA 90038


by Eric Rosen

Based on the novel by Jim Grimsley




Poetic and erotic, DREAM BOY tells the story of Nathan and Roy’s unlikely high school romance against the backdrop of repression and religion in 1970s North Carolina. At times haunting and harrowing, Rosen and Grimsley weave the sweet, raw passion and adventure of youth with the stark danger of an abusive and intolerant society to create a transcendent Southern gothic tale of love and redemption.

"Darkly seductive and mysteriously moody, it is Celebration Theatre at its best"

- StageSceneLA

"Impeccable and Haunting"

- Showmag.com

"A Powerfully Inspired vision"

- Broadway World

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Matthew is very excited to work with Celebration Theatre for the first time. He most recently was seen as a lead in the Lifetime movie Wuthering High School. Notable theatre credits include Jack in Into The Woods and Matt in The Fantasticks. When not acting, he enjoys pizza, video games, and pizza. Pizza. A big thanks to his family for always being so supportive.





Randall is dedicated to spending all of his time pursuing of A Long Acting career. Just finishing his first film and starring in his first big play production as a lead in a theatre, Randall hopes to keep playing roles that will touch his audiences and the people watching him. He is honored to be a part of Dream Boy and working with Celebration Theatre.



Craig is excited to make his Celebration debut! Recent credits include The Whale (Cygnet Theatre), Biloxi Blues (Repertory East Playhouse), and The Awesome 80's Prom in New York. He is a member of the New York based theater company Lesser America, a graduate of NYU Tisch and proud member of Actor’s Equity. Thanks to all involved and love to family, friends, Alli and Opie.



Billy Evans was born in Seattle, Washington where he fell in love with acting at a young age.  At 14, he starred in 4 films premiering at South by Southwest.  Since then, he has been acting in LA, where he has performed in everything from voiceovers to commercials, and sitcoms to movies. He was a member of Second City's Teen improv troupe, starred in the film "All Ages Night," and had a guest role on Modern Family. This will be his first professional role in a play.  



Los Angeles theater credits include Progressive Chain Bowling and Chicken City (Actors’ Gang), Master & Margarita and Pathe X (Zoo District), The Compound Dog (Eclectic Company Theatre). NY theater: Tattoo You (Samuel French OOB Festival winner). Recent film work: Guest Room (SXSW 2015 selection) and Gunshy (Houston Comedy Film Festival, best actress nominee). Elizabeth is also a playwright, producer and a proud faculty member of the San Fernando Valley Life Studies Institute.



JIM HANNA* (Father)


Jim is a long time member of The Production Company where he has earned two LA Weekly lead actor nominations (Equus, Othello) and won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for lead performance (Equus). TV work includes “Ray Donovan," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and “Parks & Recreation.”




Recent theater credits include The Car Plays: Interchange (La Jolla Playhouse), The Whale (Cygnet Theatre), Luigi(Inkwell Theater), My Brother (The Lillian Theatre), The Last Act of Lilka Kadison (The Falcon Theatre) and The Diary of Anne Frank (Spotlight Theater ­ AriZoni nomination, Best Actress). Film/TV: "Awkward" (MTV), The Mooring (Lionsgate), "Married Under 25" (Buzzfeed), and the Ron Howard­ produced new media project The Fourth Door. Visit her online at www.erinmcintoshofficial.com


KATE CONNOR (Mrs. Connolly)


Stage includes Celebrity (Actors’ Gang), The Chicago Conspiracy Trial (Odyssey), The House of Blue Leaves (West Coast Ensemble), The Death of Frank and Fools (Blue Sphere)...  Kate has starred in films in Europe, Africa and the U.S., including opposite Eric Stoltz in the award­winning W.W.II feature Fort McCoy which she also wrote/co­directed.  TV credits include "Mad Men", "Criminal Minds", "Heroes", "Life", "Punk’d", "Lost". Upcoming films:  Late Bloomer (dir. Kevin Pollak) and Shot(dir. Jeremy Kagan).




Christopher is a proud Celebration Theatre company member, and has performed in TV, film, voiceover, and on stages up and down the West Coast. Theatre: California Shakespeare Theater, The Blank, Marin Shakespeare Company, TheatreWorks, Actors Co­Op, and SF Playhouse, among others. TV: "Desperate Housewives" (ABC). Chris co­founded LA's new musicals concert series ALittleNewMusic.org. Member: AEA, SAG­AFTRA, SDC. BMus, Northwestern University. ChristopherMaikish.com. For dream boy Paul and 15 years. #LAThtr


BRIAN BRENNAN (Understudy for Roy)


Brian is excited to join Celebration Theatre for this production of Dream Boy. He is a recent graduate of CSU Fullertonand is adapting to the Los Angeles theatre and film scene. After just coming from a production of Shakespeare's R&J at the Long Beach Playhouse, where he played Juliet.  He is beyond grateful that he gets to tell another beautiful story of people attempting to discover who they truly are.  

NICK BROVENDER (Understudy for Nathan)


Nick is a writer/actor new to Los Angeles. Originally from New York, he graduated from Vanderbilt University in May where he studied Film and Theatre. Since arriving in LA he has produced his play Apply Here at the Los Angeles Theatre Festival and performed in Fact or Fiction: The AOJ Story in the North Hollywood Fringe Festival. He is very excited to be a part of Dream Boy, his first production with Celebration Theatre.

ELLIOTT MAYER* (Understudy for Father)


Recent transplant from NYC. LA: Defense Attorney - Angel: A Nightmare in Two Acts; Selected NY: Uncle Vanya - Uncle Vanya; Shylock - Merchant of Venice; Murray - The Odd Couple. Selected Regional: James - That Championship Season; Jack - Brighton Beach Memoirs. TV: Tyler Perry’s “The Have and the Have Nots”, “Law and Order”, “Boardwalk Empire”. Soaps: “ATWT”, “OLTL”, “AMC” in which he gamely suffered traumas or death. Film: A Man Called Bob, Take, Carla (Award of Excellence- Canada International Film Festival). Proud member of Actors Equity. www.Elliottmayer.net

RON MOREHOUSE* (Understudy for Narrarator)


Ron is excited to be back working with Michael Matthews after playing Slightly/Starky in Michael's production of Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers at The Blank Theatre. Other LA credits include: 2 seasons at Sci-Fest LA, 4 season's at A Noise Within, 5 years as a company member at Theatre of Note where Ron performed in many award winning productions. Off-Broadway-The School for Scandal and Richard II(Pearl Theatre Co.). TV: "Justified", "NCIS", "Cold Case", "The Starter Wife". Ron co-produced and co-stars in the short film Future Boyfriend which will have it's premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in April.

LIZZY RICH (Understudy for Hannah)


Lizzy Rich was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts from The Boston University School of Theatre and a classical acting certificate from LAMDA. Other credits include Front Door Open (Greenway Court), The Dutchman, The Luckiest Girl (ESTLA) , Much Ado About Nothing (San Pedro Rep), In Search of Dog (ESTLA). She recently assistant directed Watching O.J. for ESTLA.


ALEXIS SIMPSON (Understudy for Mother/Mrs. Connolly)


Alexis is a recovering neuroscientist who would love to chat with you about dopamine gating. TV credits include "American Crime Story", "The Brittany Murphy Story", and "Jimmy Kimmel Live". She is a proud member of the ComedySportz main company and the Story Pirates. Thanks to Jami, Brittney and Gen for the audition, the entire Celebration Theatre for the opportunity, and to Mom, Dad, Kate, and Brenan for their love and support. 


SAM SONENSHINE (Understudy for Burke)


Sam is originally from New York. He recently graduated from USC's undergraduate acting program where he received the David Dukes Memorial Scholarship and performed in plays and student films.  He can be seen in the web series Class and the upcoming indie film "World's a Stage".  He recently assistant directed Circle X's production of ICU.


GARRETT WALTERS (Understudy for Randy)


Garrett hails from Frankfort, Kentucky and is a recent resident of the Los Angeles area. This is his first show at Celebration Theatre. Garrett holds a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). CCM credits include: Metamorphoses (Hermes, A), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), and Coram Boy (Aaron). Other theatre credits include: Frankenstein (William Frankenstein) with Lexington SummerFest and The Foreigner (Ellard Simms) with the Woodford Theatre. 


 *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. 




Los Angeles: Bootycandy (LA Premiere), Homefree (World Premiere), Failure; a Love Story (Coeurage Theatre, LA Premiere, Ovation Nomination Best Director and Best Production), Sons of the Prophet (LA Premiere), Psyche; a Modern Rock Opera (World Premiere), Rabbit Hole (La Mirada), Funny Girl (3D Theatricals, Ovation Nomination Best Director), Peter Pan; The Boy Who Hated Mothers (LA Weekly Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play; LA Premiere), Very Still and Hard To See (LA Weekly Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play; World Premiere), The Color Purple, The Musical (Ovation and LA Weekly Awards Best Director and Best Production, Musical), What’s Wrong With Angry? (Ovation Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play), Take Me Out! (Ovation Nomination Best Director, NAACP Award Best Director) The Women of Brewster Place, the Musical (Ovation Nomination Best Director, NAACP Award Best Director, Ovation Award Best Production, Musical; West Coast Premiere), Stupid Kids (LA Premiere), Beautiful Thing (Ovation Nominations, Best Director and Best Production,Play), The Bacchae (Ovation Nominations, Best Director and Best Production,Play), Broadway: Butley (Assistant Director). Chicago: What’s Wrong With Angry? (Jeff Nominations, Best Director and Best Production), In The Blood (Jeff Nominations, Best Director and Best Production), Porcelain (Jeff Nomination, Best Director), The Judas Kiss (Chicago Premiere), Being 11 (World Premiere), and...for colored girls who have considered suicide.... International: The Bacchae (Edinburgh Theatre Festival, 2010).




Recent Directing Highlights: Niagara Falls (Theatre of NOTE), Bronies: The Musical (LA Fringe, Best Musical), revolver (Celebration Theatre), The Real Housekeepers of Studio City (LA Fringe); Recent AD Highlights: Psyche (The Greenway Theater), Wolves (Celebration Theatre), Justin Love (Celebration Theatre, LADCC Award, Best Production; World Premiere), A Little Midsummer Night’s Dream (Los Angeles Rock Opera Company), The Color Purple (Celebration Theatre; Ovation Award, Best Musical in an Intimate Theatre along with five other Ovation Awards). Recent Producing Highlights: Push Play 3 (LA Rock Opera), The Next Fairy Tale (Celebration Theatre), BASH’d: A Gay Rap Opera (Celebration Theatre), A Little Midsummer Night’s Dream (LA Rock Opera), Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (LA Rock Opera); Ryan is always excited to work with Celebration Theatre and the superstar Michael Matthews! It’s such a honor to be working on this piece with such beautiful talent! As always, thanks mom!




Victoria spends most of her time as an Asst. Stage Manager at the Disneyland Resort. She is super excited to be doing her first production with Celebration Theatre! Her past work includes: Venice Beach the Musical; Welcome To My World; Inside Out; 7 Easy Pieces; Gift of the Magi: The Musical; Psyche (Asst. Stage Manager); Li’l Abner; Cardboard Capital; Girl in the Enchanted Forest;

Comedy of Errors & Shadow Box (Asst. Stage Manager).





Tim is delighted to be designing in Celebration Theatre's new home. His previous Celebration Theatre designs include Wolves, The Color Purple, Stupid Kids, and The Bacchae. Tim teaches and designs the lighting for Saddleback College. He would like to thank the creative team for their excellent collaboration and creativity.




Recent designs include The Whiskey Maiden (Theatre of NOTE), If You Can Get to Buffalo (Son of Semele), Niagara Falls (Theatre of NOTE), What the Butler Saw (Associate Design - Mark Taper Forum), The Why (The Blank), The Max Factor Factor (NoHo Arts Center), Object of Her Affection (Automata), Woman Parts (Son of Semele), The Homosexuals, revolver (Celebration), Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers (The Blank Theatre), The Black Suits (Assistant Design - Kirk Douglas), Tribes (Associate Design - La Jolla Playhouse), Wrap Your Heart Around It (Falcon Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dancing at Lughnasa, Children of Eden, Hot L Baltimore, Once On This Island, Cabaret, The Secret Garden, Twelve Angry Jurors, Legally Blonde, A Christmas Carol (AMDA), Vera Stark, Next Fall, In Motherwords (Associate Design - The Geffen Playhouse), Clybourne Park (Associate Design - Mark Taper Forum), The Savannah Disputation, On Golden Pond, The All Night Strut!, Educating Rita (The Colony), Gypsy, Three Tall Women, Crumbs..., Fabulation!, Miss Witherspoon (West Coast Ensemble), Stranger (Bootleg Theatre - Garland Nomination), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Havok - Garland Nomination), The Miracle Worker (High Street Arts Center - Four Star Award). 




Stephen’s design work has been featured at numerous theatres in the LA area including: Ensemble Theatre Company Santa Barbara, La Mirada Performing Arts Center/McCoy Rigby, The Colony Theatre, A Noise Within, The Theatre @ Boston Court, The 

Antaeus Company, International City Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, The Falcon Theatre, and many more.  He has garnered many awards and nominations for his work including five Ovation Award nominations and was awarded The Bob Z Award for career achievement in set design by the Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle.  www.stephengifforddesign.com




Allison Dillard has an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and works as a freelance designer and technician locally and regionally. Recent local design work includes: BootyCandy (Celebration Theatre), Something Truly Monstrous (Blank Theatre), Failure: A Love Story (Coeurage Theatre), Into the Woods, Seussical (Milken Schools), The Discord Altar (OperaWorks), Sons of the Prophet (Blank Theatre), James and the Giant Peach (Mirman School), The Arsonists (Western Stage), The Homosexuals (Celebration Theatre). Her work can be seen at www.allisondillard.com.



Michael saw his first show at Celebration Theatre in 2001 and never left. He has been Resident Properties Designer since 2005. He has been Managing Director since January 2013. Recent design credits include: Homefree (The Road Theatre), Chinglish, (East West Players), Failure: A Love Story (Coeurage Theatre Company). Michael has also worked as a Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Sound Mixer, and Actor around Los Angeles. Many thanks to the cast, crew, and Celebration family. Thank you for supporting Celebration Theatre.





Dialect Credits include: A Christmas Carol (Rubicon Theatre), Billy & Ray (Falcon Theatre), American Misfit, A Dinosaur Within & How to Disappear Completely & Never Be Found (Boston Court), A Christmas Carol (A Noise Within), The Language Archives (East West Players), What’s Wrong With Angry? (Celebration Theatre), Peace In Our Time (Antaeus), Onion Creek (Son of Semele), House of the Rising Son (Ensemble Studio Theatre LA), Chinese Massacre (Circle X), Carousel (Reprise!). ACTING: Catch Tuffet online in the webseries “Tinsel’s Town”. Film/TV Credits:  “Desperate Housewives”, “Without A Trace”, ”Repo”, “Criminal Minds”, “House”, “Cold Case”, “The Unit”, “Gilmore Girls”. Tuffet is available for private coachings and group productions. www.DialectGeek.com




Michael has directed, acted, produced or distributed numerous projects for the stage as well as film and television. He has produced The Color Purple which took home six Ovation awards including Best Production of a Musical in an Intimate Theatre, Take Me Out, The Daddy Machine, WEHO, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Twelve Angry Men. He has appeared onstage in The Mikvah Monologues at the Wadsworth Theatre, Los Angeles, as well as Twelve Angry Men, Three Sisters and Blood Wedding in Los Angeles and The Trial Off-Broadway. Besides the stage, he has acted in, produced and distributed the film Special Needs. Other film and television credits include Dear J, Deep In The Valley and “The Young and the Restless”. He is probably most recognized for having been a passenger seated behind Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves & Valerie Bertinelli in the pilot for “Hot In Cleveland”. Michael currently is the Executive Director of Celebration Theatre as well as the current Board President of the Theatrical Producers League-Los Angeles for intimate theatre. Special thanks to the management team at Celebration Theatre for getting our new space ready for curtain as well as to Todd Milliner for his continued support. A shout out to both his now adult children for making him realize he’s almost as old as his passport says he is.



Michael is currently the Co-Artistic Director of Los Angeles’ multiple award-winning Celebration Theatre. CT producing, directing, and acting credits include: BootycandyThe Color Purple, Four, The Women of Brewster Place, Take Me Out, Coffee Will Make You Black, [title of show] and numerous others in his 10 year career at the theatre. Broadway/Off-Broadway/Regional credits include: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan (Starkey); Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey Two); Caroline, or Change (Bus/Dryer); 5 Guys Named Moe (Big Moe), Fences (Troy) Choir Boy (Headmaster), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Fred) and The Whipping Man (Simon) TV credits include: “Hot In Cleveland”, “Wizards of Waverly Place”, “Monk”, “Criminal Minds”, “NCIS”. 






Rebecca Eisenberg is a Los Angeles based producer and stage manager. With a passion for developing new works, she has been a part of many world premiere, west coast premiere, and Los Angeles premiere productions including, Failure: A Love Story (Ovation nominated for Best Production, Acting Ensemble and Best Direction of a Play), Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera, Justin Love (LADCC Award, Best Production), The Trouble With Words (Ovation Award, Original Lyrics and Music; Hollywood Fringe Award, Best Musical), The Real Housekeepers of Studio City (Best of Hollywood Fringe), Bronies: The Musical (Best Musical and the Golden Elephant Producer/Director award at The Hollywood Fringe Festival), Fireman (5 LADCC Awards including Best Production, Ovation Award, Featured Actress in a Play), and Backyard (Ovation Award, Featured Actor in a Play, Fight Choreography). Rebecca also specializes in events and benefits. Her most recent events include the 14th and 15th Annual Les Girls concert to benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition, The 24th Annual Ovation Awards, and If All The Sky Were Paper, an event to benefit U.S. Veterans at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. 




As an actor, Nathan’s theatre credits include: Celebration: Four (LA Premiere, LA Weekly nomination, Best Ensemble), Beautiful Thing (Ticketholder, Garland nominations Best Actor; Ovation nomination, Best Play), Stupid Kids (LA Weekly Award, Best Ensemble), plus numerous sketch comedy shows directed by Todd Milliner; Los Angeles: He Asked For It (ElevenEleven Productions/Macha Theatre), West Side Story (MTLA; The Hudson Theatre); Eisegesis, SpiderMan: Turn On The Lights, The Exceptional Childhood Center (The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival); Regional: Shakespeare In Briefs! (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); International: The Bacchae (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Nathan currently serves as Producer of Celebration Theatre’s new play reading series “Celebrating New Works” and will be re-introducing the workshop series “CT Tuesdays” in 2016. 




Currently working on the Tony award­winning Broadway production of An American in Paris with Apples and Oranges Studios and the hit Broadway revival of Spring Awakening with Deaf West Theatre (which he previously produced in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills), Christopher is a film and theatre producer based in Southern California.  Other Celebration Theatre producing 

credits include the 2013 Ovation Award­winning production of The Color Purple (Best Musical) and the 2011 

Ovation nominated production of Take Me Out (Best Production). @cjpsepulveda




Greg Copeland (Consulting Producer) has over 20 years’ experience working in the theater, as a producer, fundraiser, executive director and board member, focusing on new work development at Ojai Playwrights Conference and About Face Theatre in Chicago, where he produced the 1998 production of DREAM BOY (winner of 5 Jefferson Awards, including Best Production). Greg lives in Los Angeles and works for the American Film Institute. He received his MFA from Yale School of Drama.






Mark Giberson is an award-winning journalist and public relations executive, now retired. He serves on the board of directors of The Barn Studio of Art, is past president of the Flying Samaritans and is the founder of No Boundaries Art Workshops®. He also is an active supporter of the Bald Head Island Conservancy, the Bayshore Discovery Project, and others. A recovering parent of two former teenagers, he is married and lives in Pasadena 




Jami is proud to be the Resident Casting Director for Celebration Theatre. Celebration credits include The Color Purple, The Musical, The Women Of Brewster Place, Take Me Out, The Homosexuals, Haram Iran, Porcelain, and many more. Most recently she also co-cast, Hit The Wall for LGBT Cultural Arts Center. Film and Television credits include “Masters of Sex” for Showtime , “Sing It!”, Deserted and New Breed shooting this March. So honored to be back working with the Celebration Theatre Family!




Brittney S. Wheeler is an LA native who has happily been a CT company member for 4 years and some change. An Ovation award winning and nominated actor (The Color Purple, Celebration Theatre & Failure: A Love Story, Couerage Theatre Company respectively), Brittney is also a classically trained professional vocalist and an avid acrylic painter. Brittney has thoroughly enjoyed the casting process, is in the process of helping to cast her third play with CT and has developed a love for being behind the table instead of in front of it. Much thanks and love to her parents, Unit #14, Jami Rudofsky, Rebecca Eisenberg and Michael Matthews.




David Elzer/DEMAND PR represents Actors Co-op, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Celebration Theatre, Circle X Theatre Company, Colony Theatre Company, Independent Shakespeare Co., Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, NoHo Arts Center Ensemble, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Open Fist Theatre Company, Road Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre Company, Theatre of NOTE, Theatre Tribe and VS. Theatre Company. He loves working with the very talented Celebration team and is thrilled they have a new home - thank you for supporting Celebration and L.A. theater!


**The Director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.