Rogue Machine Theatre's PATERNUS Begins 7/18

Rogue Machine Theatre's PATERNUS Begins 7/18

As an "Off The Clock" late night entertainment option, Paternus connects audiences to Rogue Machine's edgy "not for primetime" new work. This is the same series that brought critical acclaim to shows like Small Engine Repair by John Pollono and Adam Rapp's Bingo With The Indians. Last season, Rogue Machine garnered twelve Ovation Award nominations after winning upwards of 50 awards (including Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly, Ovation, Garland, and BEST PRODUCTION two years in a row) since its inception in 2008. The company was lauded as "Best Theatre Company of 2012" by the LA Weekly.

A relentless snowstorm strands father and son with only their RV for protection. Survival plans become paramount, temperatures drop, and food begins to run out as this powerful and gripping situation burrows below the surface of their relationship...during what might become their final days together.

Daphne Malfitano (Playwright) is the librettist for two operas by Thomas Pasatieri, "The Family Room," which premiered in 2011 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, and "The Martyrs," which premiered in 2012 at the DiCapo Theatre in New York City. She made her directorial debut with "The Martyrs." She has contributed film criticism to, and worked as a freelance journalist. Daphne studied playwriting in Stony Brook Southampton and was awarded the 2010 playwriting prize. As an actor she studied at the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, the Lee Strasberg school, the Steppenwolf School, and the Piven Theatre.

"The relationship between a father and son is as varied as there are fathers and sons. The father, once a son himself, draws from the well of his own memories and experiences to try and shape the son. Paternus tells the story (in backwards fashion) of a boy and his dad who have become strangers living under the same roof. Through an unfortunate series of events, they rediscover the meaning of this primal bond...and of the promise that every father makes when he says, "my son." - Mark St. Amant; Director

PATERNUS opens July 18th and runs through Aug 9, 2014. Performances are at 10:30pm on Fri & Sat (additional performance at 8pm on July 31st). Rogue Machine is located at 5041 Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90019. Tickets are $25. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at

Mark St. Amant (Director) helmed the critically-acclaimed West Coast premiere of The Bird and Mr. Banks, and The Butcher of Baraboo at The Road Theatre, Broadsword: A Heavy Metal Play (West Coast Premiere) at Black Dahlia, Gwendoline Yeo's Laughing With My Mouth Wide Open and I Am Yours for MadScene Theatre Co. As an actor, he appeared as Buddy Burl in Rogue Machine's production of Mark Roberts' Where The Great Ones Run and as Lewie Froah in the West Coast premiere of Brett Neveu's American Dead, which earned him a Backstage Garland Award for Performance by a Lead Actor. He has appeared in theatre, film, television, around the country, working theatres including The Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Drury Lane Theatre, New American Theatre, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. While a student at Texas Tech University, Mark had the distinction as being the only student in the history of the American College Theater Festival to become a two-time national finalist in the Irene Ryan Acting competition, held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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