Rogue Machine Extends Enda Walsh's THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM thru 9/2
Rogue Machine is extending Enda Walsh's THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM. Beginning August 10th and running 8pm Fridays, 5pm Saturdays, 7pm Sundays, and 8pm Mondays, the show will now close on September 2nd with a 3pm and 7pm show on that Sunday only.
Note: no performances July 30th through August 9th, or August 26 & 27th.
Enda Walsh, recently honored with eight Tony Awards for Once, now has his work The New Electric Ballroom garnering rave reviews, and continuing its run at award winning Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles.
Rogue Machine has garnered BEST PRODUCTION Awards, two season's in a row, most recently from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly, Ovation, and Garland for Small Engine Repair by John Pollono (2010 for Four Places by Joel Drake Johnson). Returning this season with the West Coast premiere (now LA Times Critic's Choice) of Where The Great Ones Run by Mark Roberts, the company is also running a late night offering of House, by Daniel MacIvor (more info here). Hailed as the heir to Beckett and Pinter, Enda Walsh is a must-know playwright.
Three sisters trapped by the past, the future, and each other. In a remote fishing village on the west coast in Ireland, Breda, Clara, and Ada are haunted with days gone by at The New Electric Ballroom. They relive the time their dreams were crushed. Can love rescue one of them?
Enda Walsh (Playwright) gained international attention when he won both the George Devine Award and the Stewart Parker Award in 1997 with his play Disco Pigs. In 2007 and 2008 Enda 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 Penelope, Bedbound, The Ginger Ale Boy, Sucking Dublin,Misterman, The Small Things, Pondlife Angels, Chatroom, and Delirium. Since his initial success as a playwright, Enda has gone on to write for the screen. His 2008 biopic, Hunger, told the story of the final days of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, and 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 seven BIFAs (including Best Screenplay), six British Film and Television Awards (including Best Screenplay and Best Independent Film) and BAFTA's Outstanding British Film Award 2009. Enda Walsh has since adapted his stage play, Chatroom, for the big screen.
John PerriN FLYNN (Director) is responsible for launching the WORLD PREMIERE production of John Pollono's hit play Small Engine Repair (BEST PRODUCTION-Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly, Ovation, and Garland Awards) and the Los Angeles premiere of David Harrower's Blackbird. Both productions garnered numerous awards. He is Rogue Machine's founding Artistic Director and has been the Executive Producer of all four successful seasons, garnering the LA Weekly Career Achievement Award in 2012. John recently 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. He directed the award winning World Premiere of Henry Murray's Treefall (now with 4 productions regionally, published by the Dramatist Play Service in 2010), Monkey Adored, and the critically acclaimed Los Angeles premiere of Rogue Machine's inaugural production, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, by Jeffrey Hatcher. He helmed the Craig Lucas' hit Small Tragedies at The Odyssey Theatre and the world premiere of John Pollono's Lost and Found at The Lounge Theatre. John 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.
THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM is extending its run beginning August 10th: 8pm Fridays, 5pm Saturdays, 7pm Sundays, and 8pm Mondays through September 2nd (no performances July 30th - August 9th, or August 26 & 27th). Two performances on closing day (only) will be at 3pm and 7pm. ROGUE MACHINE is located at 5041 Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90019. Tickets are $30. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at www.roguemachinetheatre.com.
Lisa Pelikan (Breda) recently received an Artistic Directors Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role in Panache. She began her theatrical career starring at Circle Repertory Company in New York, made her television debut in the HallMark Hall of Fame production of The Country Girl with Jason Robards and Shirley Knight, and her feature film debut as the young 'Julia' in Fred Zinnemann's Julia, sharing the title role with Vanessa Redgrave. Other films include Return To The Blue Lagoon, Lionheart, and Swing Shift directed by Jonathan Demme. For the film Jennifer, Lisa received a Best Actress award from the International Science Fiction & Horror Film Festival. Selected TV movies include Perfect Gentleman, with Lauren Bacall, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Into The Badlands with Bruce Dern. Lisa has starred in many world premiere stage productions including Arthur Miller's The American Clock directed by Dan Sullivan, and Jim Leonard's The Diviners with The Circle Repertory Company. Other theater credits include the west coast premieres of Craig Lucas' Blue Window, directed by the late Norman René, for which she received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award; and the title role in Lynn Kaufman's Daisy In The Daydream, directed by Simon Levy.
Casey Kramer (Clara) received a 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for her work as "Rima" in Dolly West's Kitchen at The Banshee, and an L.A. Weekly Award for Loyal Women. Stage credits include Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind at Studio Five, My Sister in This House at Deaf West and Of Grapes and Nuts for SeaGlass at The Victory (2010 BroadwayWorld Award). The Celtic Arts hosted her as "Mag" in The Beauty Queen of Leenane and At The Theatre @ Boston Court she appeared in the world premiere of Unfinished American Highwayscape #9 and 32 by Carlos Murillo, directed by Jessica Kubzansky. She won the Outlook Best Actress and Geoffrey Awards for Tower of Masks (Zeitgeist). A Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, L.A. audiences saw her in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with special blessing from Edward Albee. Television credits include Dexter, McBride, Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy, The Event, and Awake. Films include, The Runner Stumbles, The Lone Star Letters, The Counter and Watercolors.
BETSY ZAJKO (Ada) has earned the Jefferson Award and Screen Magazine citations for Best Actress in Chicago for her film and movement based theater work. American Theatre Magazine will be featuring her work at the Natural History Museum as a full suit animatronic performer as she brings to life a full size saber toothed cat created by the Jim Henson Creature Shop. Stage credits include 110 Stories at the Geffen, Half of Plenty at Rogue Machine, and numerous productions on regional stages such as Steppenwolf, and Cleveland Playhouse. Film and Television credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Striking Distance, Money for Nothing, and Mike and Molly.
Tim Cummings (Patsy) appeared on Broadway in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune with Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci, The Guys, opposite Sigourney Weaver and Susan Sarandon. His numerous credits in LA include work at Theatre Banshee, The Theatre @ Boston Court, The Mark Taper, and Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA. Film/TV credits include Something Strange, Criminal Minds, My Two Fans, Presence, The Sunken Warrior, The Box, and Exit Interview. Awards/Nominations include: Obie, Bessie, LA Weekly, Garland, LADCC, Ovation, Drama Desk, etc.
DESIGNERS: Leigh Allen (Lighting Design) is a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award for Career Achievement in Lighting Design as well as the Garland award for Cousin Bette, the LA Weekly Award for Treefall, Ovation/ Production of the Year for Killer Joe, GLAAD Award for Like A Dog On Linoleum, Macy Award for The Secret Garden, and the LADCC and LA Weekly awards for Johnny Got His Gun. STEPHANIE KERLEY SCHWARTZ (Set Designer) was recently recognized 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) and Moving Arts: Song of Extinction (Scenery – LA Weekly Production of the Year). ADAM PHALEN (Sound Design) designed sound for 9 Circles at The Bootleg Theatre, The Word Begins at Rogue Machine Theatre, and Titus Redux at The Kirk Douglas Theatre. He is the resident sound designer and technical director for the Ojai Playwrights Conference and is the Head of Audio at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre. DIANNE K. GRAEBNER (Costume Design) has been on staff at Center Theatre Group for the last 13 years and is their Associate/Assistant designer, Milliner and Crafts supervisor. Dianne is a member of Circle X Theatre and designed costumes for their productions of The Brothers Karamazov (Ovation nomination), Battle Hymn (Ovation nomination), and Wonder (in collaboration with Boston Court Theatre).
Photo credit: John Flynn