Enda Walsh's PENELOPE to Open 6/14 at Rogue Machine

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Enda Walsh's PENELOPE to Open 6/14 at Rogue Machine

Tony Award winning playwright Enda Walsh will be represented once again at Rogue Machine Theatre when PENELOPE opens on June 14th at 8pm. This Los Angeles premiere is the company's second offering for the season and the second time they have presented this playwrights work (The New Electric Ballroom-2012; LA Times Critics' Choice). One of the city's most awarded theaters, Rogue Machine received honors again last season (BEST PRODUCTION award winner 2013, 2011 and 2010 - Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Ovation) and will now be running Rajiv Joseph's (Pulitzer finalist for Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo) GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES concurrently at their theater.

Let the games begin! With a nod to reality TV and homage paid to the Greeks, four suitors and a woman keep this snarling modern day black comedy on the verge of seduction. A journey through atonement and redemption, allegorically rich with subtext...as only Enda Walsh could write it.

Enda Walsh (Playwright) was recently honored for his musical adaptation of the film "Once" on Broadway (8 Tony, 3 Lucille Lortel, 4 Drama Desk, 3 Outer Critics Circle, and 6 Laurence Olivier Awards, as well as a Drama League Award, NY Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Grammy Award in 2013 (Best Musical Theater Album). He shot to fame when he won both the George Devine Award and the Stewart Parker Award in 1997 with his play Disco Pigs. In 2007 and 2008 he won Fringe First Awards at two consecutive Edinburgh Festivals for his plays The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom. The former led the Guardian to name him "one of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre." His other plays include this year's premiere of Ballyturk (at the Galway Arts Festival), Bedbound, The Ginger Ale Boy, Sucking Dublin,Misterman, The Small Things, Pondlife Angels, Chatroom, and Delirium. Walsh's 2008 biopic, Hunger, told the story of the final days of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. It won a host of awards, including the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Heartbeat Award at the Dinard International Film Festival. It was nominated for 7 BIFAs (including Best Screenplay), 6 British Film and Television Awards (including Best Screenplay and Best Independent Film) and BAFTA's Outstanding British Film Award 2009. Enda has since adapted his stage play, Chatroom, for the big screen.

PENELOPE opens on June 14th and runs at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm on Sundays through August 10, 2014. ROGUE MACHINE is located at 5041 Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90019. Tickets are $30. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at www.roguemachinetheatre.com.

THE CAST:

Ron Bottitta (Dunne) LA Stage: God Only Knows at Theatre 40, Rank, Theatre in the Dark and The Arsonists at The Odyssey, Yes, Prime Minister and Superior Donuts at The Geffen, and at Rogue Machine A Bright New Boise, Monkey Adored, The Sunset Limited, Half of Plenty, Razorback. Recent Film credits include The Boxtrolls, Mad Max: Fury Road, 47 Ronin, The Adventures of Tintin, Chekhov and Maria, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Going the Distance, The Social Network, A Christmas Carol and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. TV: The Crazy Ones, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, Cold Case, and Lost. Training: MFA-NYU, BA-UC Berkeley.

Richard Fancy (Fitz) is a founding member of Rogue Machine. LA Theater credits include Dino Goretti in Razorback (Rogue Machine), Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Mr. Prince in Rocket to the Moon, Robert in Betrayal, Lou Perino in Julia, Anton Shill in The Visit (Pacific Resident Theatre), Joe Keller in All My Sons, and Moe Axelrod in Awake and Sing (Odyssey Theatre Ensemble). Television: over one hundred guest star and recurring roles. Movies: The Lords of Salem, The Girl Next Door, Cinema Verite, Hollywoodland. Currently: The Mentalist, Showtime's Ray Donovan.

Holly Folger (Penelope) Holly is a company member of Rogue Machine and was last seen in Where the Great Ones Run. In Chicago, where she was a member of the Remains Theatre Company, her credits include Lloyd's Prayer, Our Country's Good (Amy Morton dir.), The Young Psycho Vivisectionists Meet Marilyn Monroe and Road (Robert Falls dir.). Folger is best known for playing Holly on the first season of Ellen, Robin for 3 seasons on Anything But Love and Aunt Judy in the Disney film trilogy Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century. She created the character of the Hollywood Beauty Detective for a series of the same name. www.SpeakingofBeauty.tv.

Brian Letscher (Quinn) Brian is excited to be making his Rogue Machine mainstage debut . Grateful Rogue. A huge thank you to John Flynn, Elina de Santos and Brenda Davidson. To our fantastic team that made the magic happen, literally. To Richard, Ron and Scott - such a talented group of ill-behaved scamps. To Carolyn at Anonymous, Monica and GAA - thank you for believing. And to Amy, Lucy and Aidan...love. Theatre: Lone-Anon (Rogue Machine), Mauritius (Pacific Resident Theatre), Bus Stop (Purple Rose Theatre/MI), Burning Blue (NYC). Television: Recurs as SSA/B613 Tom on Scandal. Guest Stars on Crisis, House Of Lies, Perception and Castle.

Scott Sheldon (Penelope) is a graduate of Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse School in NYC and a new member of Rogue Machine. He was seen a few years ago in Tennessee Williams' Moony's Kid Don't Cry at The New American Theatre. Scott was mentioned as one of the stand out performances of the year by StageandCinema.com. Recent LA credits include the role of Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, Andrey in Three Sisters, Macbeth in Macbeth. TV: Private Practice, CSI:NY, The Quickening (pilot) and Law&Order. Film: Small Apartments, Reawakening and in three upcoming films: The Vatican Tapes, Lazarus and Mortdecai.

John Perrin Flynn (Director) is Rogue Machine's founding Artistic Director and has produced all 22 of the main stage productions, including the sell out (LA Times - CRITIC'S CHOICE) productions of Dying City and One Night In Miami. He directed last year's productions of The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh, Three Views Of The Same Object by Henry Murray, and A Bright New Boise by Samuel D. Hunter (all named - LA Times CRITIC'S CHOICE). John received the LA Weekly Career Achievement Award in 2012. He directed the critically acclaimed Los Angeles premiere of The Sunset Limited, (CRITIC'S CHOICE - LA Times; GO - LA Weekly, CRITIC'S PICK-Backstage, Ovation RECOMMENDED) which ran for six months. John directed the award winning World Premiere of Henry Murray's Treefall (published by the Dramatist Play Service in 2010) as well as the critically acclaimed Los Angeles premiere of Rogue Machine's inaugural production, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, by Jeffrey Hatcher. He was the Executive Producer and director of Lifetime's long running award winning series Strong Medicine, has produced two other series and 14 television movies or miniseries including the Emmy nominated Burden of Proof.

DESIGNERS: Stephanie Kerley Schwartz (Set Design) is a multi-award winning costume and set designer, most recently recognize for her work on Rogue Machine's Blackbird (LA Weekly Award), Monkey Adored, and The Sunset Limited. At CTG/Mark Taper Forum: Costume Design-Randy Newman's Harps and Angels, The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Resident Designer for Rogue Machine Theatre: Treefall (Scenery; LA Weekly Award, Garland Award, Backstage Award) Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Scenery and Costumes; Garland Award, Ovation Nomination), American Dead (Costumes), Yard Sale Signs (Scenery). Moving Arts: Song of Extinction (Scenery - LA Weekly Production of the Year). The Matrix Theatre: Scenery; Bold Girls, Dealing With Claire, and Honour. Pacific Resident Theatre: Scenery; Rocket to the Moon, Hogan's Goat, Orpheus Descending and Entertaining Mr. Sloan. The Colony Theatre: Scenery - Bea[u]tiful in the Extreme. Other companies include: (Costumes and/or Scenery) Los Angeles Theatre Works, Naked Angels, Electric Lodge, The Met, among many others. Film and Television: TNT-Costume Design The Wizard of Oz in Concert at Avery Fisher Hall (with Jewel as Dorothy).

Ric Zimmerman (Lighting Design) Past theatrical collaborators: The Fountain, Theatre of Note, The Vagrancy, Theatre Forty, Wicked Lit, The Illyrian Players, the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, The Mechanicals, Vanguard Repertory, The Hermosa Beach Playhouse, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, AMDA, The Visceral Company, the Production Company and many others. Dance design: Viver Brasil, Lula Washington Dance Theatre (Russia, China & Brazil), Theatre Bethune, Keshet Chaim, Rhapsody in Taps and Lineage Dance. Corporate clients: Panasonic, ESPN, Boeing, Center Theatre Group, Muse/Ique, Hard Rock Cafe and the NHRA.

Chris Moscatiello (Sound Designer) Christopher is an Ovation-nominated sound designer, composer, music editor and music director for theater, television and film. TV credits include The Walking Dead, Psych, Eureka, Human Target, The Cape, Caprica, Trauma, and he has scored full series, specials and promos for National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, HBO, BBC, Animal Planet, MSNBC, The History Channel, and others. Theater credits include The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Olney Theatre Center, Rogue Machine, Pacific Resident Theatre, The Odyssey Theatre, The Road Theatre, and he served as assistant conductor on the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera. Chris was formerly the Associate Artistic Director and Conductor of the Boston Chamber Ensemble.

Corwin Evans (TV Video Designer) Corwin is a theatre artist who specializes in video and sound design. After receiving his MFA from UCLA in 2009, he has worked wherever he can for Los Angeles theatre. At Rogue Machine, Corwin worked on Lost Girls, Dying City, A Bright New Boise (LA Weekly projection design nomination), and The Word Begins. Companies Corwin recently worked with include Theatre @ Boston Court, Robey Theatre Company, United States Veterans' Artists Alliance, Elephant Theatre Company, Bootleg, Theatre of NOTE, USC Opera, Central City Opera and Center Theatre Group, as well as various independent projects. He writes humorous articles for beenandgoing.com.

Lauren Tyler (Costume Designer) has worked at Rogue Machine on A Bright New Boise, The Sunset Limited, Treefall, and Ovation-nominated Compleat Female Stage Beauty with Stephanie Kerley Schwartz. Other costume credits include The Tempermentals for The Blank; guest-design for CLU's Pericles and USC's Our Lady of 121st St; Entertaining Mr. Sloane at PRT Co-op; The Chicago Conspiracy Trial and Small Tragedy at the Odyssey; Ten Cent Night, The World's Largest Rodent, The Glory of Living for The Victory; Lost & Found with Jabberwocky Theatre Company. Lauren is a USC graduate in theatre and cinema-television.

ROGUE MACHINE THEATRE (BEST PRODUCTION 3 seasons - Ovation, LADCC Awards) is a collective of award-winning and prominent Los Angeles based directors, writers, designers, and actors. Rogue Machine believes theatre to be an integral part of community life, a sacred space where audiences gather to be challenged, inspired, entertained, and provoked. By nurturing and introducing new works, Rogue Machine engages this community with arts that create dialogue and resonate long after the curtain closes. Follow us on Twitter: @RogueMachineLA twitter.com/RogueMachineLA and Facebook www.facebook.com/RogueMachineTheatre.

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