Play Starring Palisadian Couple Revisits Teen’s Death

Travis DeZarn, a former Palisades High School lacrosse standout, was killed 10 years ago in November in a fatal traffic accident on Palisades Drive.

The Culver City resident, then a freshman at Cal State Long Beach, had been visiting his girlfriend in the Highlands. Speed was considered one of the factors in the accident, which involved a second car.

An annual scholarship is given in Travis DeZarn’s name at the high school, and will be awarded once again on May 24.

In an interesting turn of events, his parents, actors Tim DeZarn and Janine Venable, have been cast in “Surrender,” a one-act play set in New England that explores a couple’s search for meaning and the power of their love for each other after the passing of their child.

Janine Venable and Tim DeZarn are in the play Surrender, about the loss of a child.
Janine Venable and Tim DeZarn are in the play Surrender, about the loss of a child.

“The Awful Grace of God,” written by Michael Harney, is an evening of six original one-act plays, including Surrender, that opened April 28 and will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. through May 28 in West Hollywood.

Harney, the star of the three-time SAG Award-winning Netflix hit drama series “Orange Is the New Black” as Inmate Counselor Sam Healy, wrote the plays “open ended so that each person in the audience can arrive at their own place.”

The one-acts are directed by Mark Kemble, who co-wrote and directed the feature film, “Bad Hurt,” which garnered top reviews when it premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

DeZarn’s parents have appeared in numerous film and television roles. Tim was Inspector Bird in Fight Club and Philip Watson in “Spider-Man,” and has been a guest star on numerous television shows. Janine has appeared in the films “Autopsy,” “I Love You, Don’t Touch Me!,” “Adultolescence,” “The Bostonians” and “String Theory,” and has numerous television credits.

The plays are at the Other Space @ The Actors Company, 916A N. Formosa Ave. (between Santa Monica Boulevard and Willoughby Avenue). There is limited free parking, on a first-come, first-served basis. General admission is $25, students and seniors ($15) and military ($10). Call (323) 960-7784 for more information.

To view B-roll performance footage of the show, click here.

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