Rogue Machine's THE LONG WAY HOME Opens 11/3
Receiving honors two years in a row with a BEST PRODUCTION Award, most recently from Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly, Ovation, and Garland Awards for Small Engine Repair, Rogue Machine's 2012 will now include this presentation of John DiFusco's The Long Way Home - Reflections on the Tracers Journey.
A personal look back at the conception, creation, and theatrical journey of the landmark Vietnam play "Tracers." Utilizing poetry, projections, story telling, and live music. A theatre story and a Veteran's story.
"Once in a great while 'theatre' changes the world. I think Angels in America did. The only play I have ever been involved with that changed the world was Tracers. The synergy between the play and the veteran's rights movement was so complete that it is impossible to separate the play from the movement. Tracers and that movement eventually encouraged us all to look at the Vietnam war and its outcome with wisdom and compassion. This is that story." - John Perrin Flynn, Director
John DiFusco (Writer/Actor) has been the recipient of a New York Drama Desk Award as well as a LADCC, LA Weekly, NAACP Theatre, Drama-Logue, and VAlley Theatre League Award. He began his professional career at the Odyssey Theatre. Selected Odyssey credits include Peer Gynt, The Kid, The Caucasion Chalk Circle, The Balcony, and Mother Courage. John created and directed the landmark Vietnam play Tracers, which premiered at OTE. He directed the New York Premiere at The Public Theater, where it was published as one of "The Ten Best of 85/86." John has toured extensively and internationally with Tracers, which continues to be produced around the world. Locally, he has directed numerous plays including Hair, White People, Avenue X, Joan and the Zulus, Just A Song at Twilight, Will Strip for Food, Ali, and Rounds. In addition, he appeared in all three plays of Jovanka Bach's Balkan Trilogy, and Murray Mednick's Charles Story, continuing with many solo performances including his autobiographical piece, Walk'n thru the Fire, which made LA Weekly's Ten Best of the Year list. John received the USAF Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service in Vietnam.
Al. Keith (Musician) has performed on MTV's Motel California with Bill Bellamy, National Geographic's 30th Anniversary Special and the Oxygen Channel's Trackers with Wozani, chosen to represent Los Angeles in welcoming and performing for Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Nomalizo Leah. He has performed with The Angry Bubbles, an all-woman acting troupe and developed the role of Maestro in the "musical commedia," Virgin Love at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood. Seen as the possessed drummer on season two of HBO's True Blood he was also a musical director for the 1st La Lupa Festival, at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. Al. Keith can be seen filling in on the percussions for Blue Nile Express (BNX), Sugar Ray, Rian Basilio & the Roosters.
John Perrin Flynn (Director) launched this years productions of Henry Murray's (LA Times CRITIC'S CHOICE, LA Weekly PICK OF THE WEEK) Three Views Of The Same Object, The New Electric Ballroom (director) by Enda Walsh, and Where The Great Ones Run by Mark Roberts (producer, 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 Tragedy 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.
United States Veterans' Artists Alliance (Producer) is a multi-disciplinary arts organization founded by military veterans and artists. USVAA provides opportunities for veterans in the arts by networking within the arts and veterans' communities to find funding for individual projects in theater, film, television, visual/fine arts, and a wide variety of crafts. We strive to highlight issues such as the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, PTSD, TBI, Military Sexual Trauma, and homelessness. We honor veterans of all eras who have distinguished themselves in the arts and humanities, including Edgar Allan Poe, Julia Child, Lou Rawls, Irving Berlin, Abraham Lincoln, Kurt Vonnegut, James Earl Jones and many, others.
THE LONG WAY HOME - Reflections on the Tracers Journey by John DiFusco opens on Saturday, November 3rd with reception to follow. Performances are at 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays through November 24, 2012. Tickets are $22.50 general admission. Veterans attend free of charge, students and seniors tickets are $14.00. Located in the USVAA Theater in the AMVETS Post II Building, 10858 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90230. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at www.roguemachinetheatre.com.