Rogue Machine Presents THREE VIEWS OF THE SAME OBJECT West Coast Premiere, 9/15
Winning the prestigious Woodward/Newman Award for best play, while being developed at Rogue Machine for their 2012 season, brought with it a fully funded production mounted at the Bloomington Play Project in Indiana. It turned out to be one of their most successful projects to date. A Holland New Voices Award came shortly afterwards, and now playwright Henry Murray is ready for its close-up at Rogue Machine, known for staging new works. This will be a West Coast Premiere in one of the country's most vibrant cities for new plays, Los Angeles, opening September 15, 2012.
Three Views of the Same Object is the story of enduring love. It is the kind of love, battered and bruised, that somehow manages to survive to the end of life. Jesse and Poppy have made a suicide pact, but life has thrown them a curve…so what does this mean for the pact? Three Views of the Same Object explores three different outcomes to this dilemma. It's a story about aging in America.
DAVID ANSPAUGH (Director) has won three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, a DGA Award (with two additional nominations), NAACP Black Image Award, the Peabody, the Humanitas, and the People's Choice, among many others. His directing credits include work with some of the worlds most noted actors, such as Gene Hackman, Kathleen Turner, Whoopi Goldberg, Dennis Hopper, Viggo Mortensen, Elizabeth Perkins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Barbara Hershey, Ned Beatty, and Mira Sorvino. David's films Hoosiers and Rudy were both included in AFI's 100 Years…100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies, USA Today's poll of the Top 10 Sports Movies of All Time, with Hoosiers ranked as number one, garnering two Academy Award nominations, and an The Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Time Feature Director. TV credits include the legendary Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, and Miami Vice. Most recently, David directed Little Red Wagon, inspired by the true story of 9-year-old philanthropist Zach Bonner, who walked 280 miles to raise money for homeless children. A fall 2012 release is planned.
John PerriN FLYNN (Artistic Director/Producer) launched this years productions of The New Electric Ballroom (director) by Enda Walsh, and Where The Great Ones Run by Mark Roberts (both-LA Times CRITIC'S CHOICE), last season's 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, recipient of numerous awards. He is Rogue Machine's founding Artistic Director, 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 (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. 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.
ROGUE MACHINE recently picked up seven LA Weekly Awards including one for BEST PRODUCTION for Small Engine Repair by John Pollono. The company has garnered recognition for their work in upwards of 45 awards and nominations, including the Polly Warfield Award for Excellent Season in Small to Mid-Size Theater, funded by the Nederlander Organization, and the BEST PRODUCTION Award (two consecutive years) from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Ovation, and Garland. Since 2008 Rogue Machine has produced 3 Los Angeles Premiere (BLACKBIRD, COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY, and STOP KISS) 9 West Coast Premiere (WHERE THE GREAT ONES RUN, FOUR PLACES, THE WORD BEGINS, WISH I HAD A SYLVIA PLATH, BHUTAN, MilkMilkLemonade, AMERICAN DEAD, BINGO WITH THE INDIANS, and HALF OF PLENTY), 1 American Premiere (NEVERLAND), and 6 World Premiere productions (the multi-award winning SMALL ENGINE REPAIR, MONKEY ADORED, YARD SALE SIGNS, RAZORBACK, SHORTS & SWEETS, and the award winning production of Henry Murray's TREEFALL. Last year Rogue Machine worked extensively with multi-award winner Steven Sater (SPRING AWAKENING) in developing his play NEW YORK ANIMALS.
Edward Tournier (Producer/Producing Director) is a Rogue Machine founding company member. He produced last year's award-winning productions of Blackbird and Monkey Adored, and served as assistant director of The Sunset Limited. This season's accolades include productions of The New Electric Ballroom, and Where The Great Ones Run. Performance credits include world premieres of Futura (Theatre at Boston Court), Supernova (Elephant Theater Company), Secrets of the Trade (Black Dahlia), and Razorback. He is the recipient of Ovation, LADCC, LA Weekly, Garland, and GLAAD awards, and was featured in the 2011 Backstage article "Actors to Watch."
THREE VIEWS OF THE SAME OBJECT opens on September 15, 2012 at 8pm, running Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM through October 28, 2012. ROGUE MACHINE is located at 5041 Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90019. Tickets are $30. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at www.roguemachinetheatre.com.
Anne Gee Byrd (Jesse 1) was recently seen in The Savanna Disputation at the Colony Theatre, and played Kate in All My Sons at the Matrix Theater for which she won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. Other local stage work includes Autumn Garden with the Antaeus Company and the multi-award winning Four Places Production of the Year (LADCC, Ovation, and Garland) at Rogue Machine, for which she received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for best actress. Anne Gee is known to LA theatergoers for appearances at the Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, L.A. Theater Works, Odyssey Theatre, Andak Stage Company, and for her work with the Antaeus Theater Company. She has worked in many of the major repertory theatres including South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe, San Diego, Seattle Rep, La Jolla, ACT, San Francisco, The American Shakespeare Festival, Connecticut, the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, the McCarter, Princeton, etc. Anne Gee has had a long television and film career, most recently appearing on Law and Order L.A., The Mentalist, Medium, Southland, and Monk. She was named Best Leading Actress by the LA Weekly for her work as Mother Courage with the Antaeus Company.
K Callan (Jesse 2) was last seen on local stages at the Pasadena Playhouse. Other theatre credits include work at The Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory, The Back Alley Theatre and Alaska Rep. Selected credits include her work opposite Peter Boyle in the iconic film Joe, and roles in A Touch of Class, American Gigolo, Why Did I Get Married Too. Most recognizable to television audiences as Superman's Mom on ABC's hit series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Callan's TV resume is long and varied, ranging from such projects as a migrant worker in HBO's Carnivale, to a demented Norma Desmond type in Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, to the puzzled Grandma Lois on How I Met Your Mother.
Catherine Carlen (Mrs. Widkin) has had a long and distinguished career as an actress. She has appearanced in Sidney Poitier's Hanky Panky and Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters as well as numerous Indie Films. Her many stage credits Off-Broadway and in Los Angeles include originating the role of "Tina" in Sirens Of Seduction at the Victory Theatre, and appearing with Martin Landau and Mark Rydell in The Actors Studio Project of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys. Catherine played the role of "Sissy" in Come Back To The Five And Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean at the Court Theatre, and was seen in Christopher Durang's Lemon Durang Pie directed by Jack Heller at The Davidson/Valentini Theatre in Hollywood. She starred in the Award Winning cult classic Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town directed by Dan Hoskins, and has had numerous roles in television shows such as: Desperate Housewives, 90210, The Young and The Restless, Night Court, Married With Children, Days Of Our Lives, Our Group, and The Starlet. Catherine starred in the Award Winning Feature Film Running Out of Time In Hollywood.
Nancy Linehan CHARLES (Jesse 3) is a two-time recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award (for Lead Performance in The Visit, and for Featured Performance in Toys In The Attic), and has garnered an Ovation Award. Selected credits include appearances in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, Mike Nichols' Charlie Wilson's War, and most recently her role as a witch in Rob Zombie's Lords Of Salem (fall, 2012 release). Nancy has appeared on dozens of stages across the country, and on even more television and web shows. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Salty Shakespeare, a flash-mob guerrilla group popping up in unlikely venues all over L.A. They are the 2012 recipients of the Annenberg Grant (cash and a theatrical residency), and performed Hamlet at the Marion Davies House on Santa Monica Beach in June and July. She has five adaptations of Shakespeare plays for middle schoolers published through Dramatic Publishing, all of which can be seen in schools and theatres all over this the USA and Canada.
Shelly Kurtz (Poppy 2) has played opposite such luminaries as Shirley Booth, Dody Goodman, Hans Conreid, and John Hallow. He has worked on stages throughout the country, particularly New York and Los Angeles, where his favorite projects include The Exercise, Immortal Story, Don't Forget To Remember, Molly Sweeney, Twentieth Century, Come Sundown, and Amy's View, which he performed with Carol Lawrence and Susan Egan. Shelly has guest starred or starred in numerous television series such as Dallas, Hill Street Blues, Hunter, Resurrection Boulevard, American Family, A Year In The Life, and the pilot That's The Spirit. He has worked with internationally renowned directors such as Argentinian genius Juan Carlos Uviedo. On the screen Shelly has played a wide assortment of roles in films such as Batteries Not Included, Bartime, Jumping For Joy, In Plain View, The Darkling, and The Lepidoctor which won the emerging artist best short film award at Cannes 2012 and finally The Gunrunner Billy Kane which is currently in post production. Shelly has had seven of his short plays produced and has completed six screenplays.
Allan Miller (Poppy 1) has acted in over 200 TV shows and films, and dozens of plays (on Broadway and off). He was Artistic Director of The Back Alley Theatre for which he received the LADCC Margaret Hartford Award for Distinguished Achievement. At the Back Alley he directed more than a dozen productions, including Are you Now or Have You Even Been, and The Fox, for which he received a LADCC Award for direction. Directing credits include The Fox Off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre and at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Camping with Henry and Tom at the Westport Playhouse, and A Perfect Ganesh by Terence McNally (eight LADCC award nominations), Stumps by Mark Medoff, A Map of the World by David Hare, and The Gigli Concert by Tom Murphy, all at the Odyssey Theatre. He currently teaches privately and at The Actors Studio. He wrote the play The Fox (produced over the US and internationally), the book A Passion For Acting and the DVD Auditioning.
HOLLACE STARR (Allison) has been seen at Rogue Machine as Nanna in MilkMilkLemonade and as The Woman With Children in Yard Sale Signs. Other recent theatre credits include A Chicago Christmas Carol (CCT), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (VCPA), and Small Tragedy (Odyssey). She directed BEST WISHES at CCT and she co-helms the original play festival at Antelope Valley College. Hollace performed her one-woman show My Dad Came Dressed As Marilyn Monroe at the Hysteria Festival in Toronto, Canada.
Leigh Allen (Lighting Design) is a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award for Career Achievement in Lighting Design. Accolades include: 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. She has also designed for Princess Cruises, Regent Cruises, Opera Santa Barbara, Musical Theater West, South Bay Civic Light Opera, Deaf West, Anteaus Theater Co., South Coast Repertory, The California Youth Theatre program in LA, and many more.
STEPHANIE KERLEY SCHWARTZ (Set Designer) 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).
CHRISTOPHER MOSCATIELLO (Sound Designer) is an Ovation nominated sound designer, composer, music editor and music director for theater, television and film. Recent TV credits include The Walking Dead (AMC), Eureka (Syfy), Human Target (Fox), The Cape (NBC), and Trauma (NBC). He has scored full series, specials and promos for National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, HBO, BBC and others. Theater credits include The Kennedy Center, Pacific Resident Theatre, The Road Theatre, The Odyssey Theatre, and he served as assistant conductor on the national tour of The Phantom Of The Opera. Chris was Associate Artistic Director and Conductor of the Boston Chamber Ensemble, and during that period, wrote a ballet commissioned by the Kirov Ballet Academy that had its world premiere in Washington, DC.