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Rogue Machine's SMALL ENGINE REPAIR Plays Beverly Hills Playhouse

The Katselas Theatre Company and Rogue Machine present Rogue Machine's production of SMALL ENGINE REPAIR by John Pollono. Due to overwhelming demand, the critical and commercial smash hit (CRITIC'S CHOICE-LA Times; GO- LA Weekly, CRITIC'S PICK-Backstage, Ovation RECOMMENDED, Roar of the Crowd-- Goldstar) will have a limited extension at the historic Beverly Hills Playhouse.

This darkly comic drama charts three working class friends in Manchester, New Hampshire as they reunite for an evening of drinking, fighting and reminiscing. A stunning revelation quickly shifts the course of action, while testing the friendships and instigating a dangerous confrontation.

JOHN POLLONO (Playwright) enjoyed a sold-out, extended run of his play Lost and Found (Off -Broadwayatthe FringeNYC 2010. Selected writing credits include Illuminati, whichwon Best Play at the 2010 Network One-Act Festival in New York City, and Grace, a Top 4 Finalist. Razorback won the 2008 Rogue's Gallery festival and received a critically acclaimed, world-premiere run at Rogue Machine. John's new work Rules of Seconds was chosen to participate in the 2011 Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska. He produces (and occasionally performs) in the hit underground writer/performer theatre series Rant & Rave. John is a member of the Dramatist's Guild and the Actor's Studio.

ANDREW BLOCK (Director) produced and directed John Pollono's critically acclaimed Lost and Found at the FringeNYC Encore series, Lucille Lortel Theatre. Last season he directed the productions Illuminati and Grace, both by Pollono, for the 2010 Network One-Act Festival, (winning both Best Play and Best Director awards), Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things for Adelphi University; and he served as Assistant Director on the Off-Broadway revival of T.S. Eliot's The Cocktail Party with TACT/The Actor's Company Theatre in NY. Andrew is responsible for the critically acclaimed production of the West-coast premiere of Adam Rapp's Bingo With the Indians which received a 2009 GLAAD Award nomination for Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre. He began Rogue Machine's 'Off the Clock' series. Additionally, for RMT, he created and produced the hit short-play festival, Shorts & Sweets, where he directed John Pollono's I Hate L.A. & Robin Rothstein's Keeping Pace. Other directing credits include Dancing at Lughnasa, 12th Night, Noises Off, City of Angels, Little Shop of Horrors, and Tartuffe.

SMALL ENGINE REPAIR runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 7pm, through July 31, 2011.Tickets are $25. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at www.roguemachinetheatre.com

JOHN PERRIN FLYNN (Producer/Artistic Director) 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) now extended into its fourth month of sell-out performances. He directed the multi-award winning World Premiere of Henry Murray's Treefall (now being produced regionally and published by the Dramatist Play Service in 2010) last season, and the critically acclaimed Los Angeles premiere of Rogue Machine's inaugural production Compleat Female Stage Beauty. John 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. He is Rogue Machine's founding Artistic Director and has been the Executive Producer of all three successful seasons. 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. He attended The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has a MA degree in Theatre from Illinois State University.

ROGUE MACHINE presents plays that are new to Los Angeles. Since 2008 this has included 2 Los Angeles Premiere (COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY, and STOP KISS) 5 West Coast Premiere (FOUR PLACES, MilkMilkLemonade, AMERICAN DEAD, BINGO WITH THE INDIANS, and HALF OF PLENTY), and 4 World Premiere productions YARD SALE SIGNS, RAZORBACK, SHORTS & SWEETS, and the multi-award winning production of Henry Murray's TREEFALL, nowpublished by Dramatist Play Services). Last year they worked extensively with multi-award winner Steven Sater (SPRING AWAKENING) in developing his play NEW YORK ANIMALS. The company draws upon the diverse and extensive experience of its collective while creating high-quality productions by contemporary playwrights who specifically address our culture and time.

THE KATSELAS THEATRE COMPANY is committed to developing theatre artists and creating the next generation of theatre audiences - thus our passion for new original plays. In just the last 2 years KTC has produced 10 World Premiere productions including 2010's staging of INFLUENCE, which garnered a Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Nomination (Best Lead Performance) and two LA Weekly Nominations (Best Play, Best Production). KTC believes in the importance of the artist in our community. Our programs, (INKubator, SoloMojo, KTC Playwrights Lab, KTC Kids, and New Voices), our workshops - even our main stage productions are designed to help the artist find their unique voice and achieve their vision. And audiences love it! All by itself, in just two small theatres, KTC's monthly INKubator series (launched Jan 2011) has premiered new works-in-progress by 11 musicians and more than 20 Los Angeles writers ages 80 to 17 to more than 860 audience members. With audience "chats" and quarterly follow-ups with the artists to monitor their progress, the entire venture has been an unqualified success.

JENNIFER RILEY (Producer) is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a founding member of Rogue Machine Theatre. Recent stage credits include Bliss, Grace, Lost and Found, Compleat Female Stagge Beauty, Shorts and Sweets and the World Premiere workshop production of Steven Sater's New York Animals directed by John Perrin Flynn.

CORRYN CUMMINS (Producer) is marketing associate with Rogue Machine, where her on stage work includes roles in Bingo with the Indians, Yard Sale Signs, 24-Hour Play Festival and several Rogue's Gallery new play readings. She has worked as an actress in LA with The Odyssey, The Blank, Padua Playwrights, and Lost Angeles (with whom she won an Ovation Award for Ensemble Performance in Killer Joe) and in Chicago with Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, A Red Orchid, Timeline, Famous Door and Mary-Arrchie (with whom she won a Jeff Award for Supporting Actress in The Hot l Baltimore directed by David Cromer).

DAVID MAUER (Production Designer) is Rogue Machine's founding Technical Director and a freelance designer/TD. Design work includes Orpheus Descending at Theatre/Theater, The Philadelphia Story at Actors' Co-op, The Limitations of Genetic Technology at Theatre of NOTE, the special effects for Yard Sale Signs with Rogue Machine. He is currently working on Rogue Machine's Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath at The Lounge theatre.

OUR ENSEMBLE INCLUDES:

JOSH HELMAN (Chad Walker) graduated from Australia's Q.U.T. in 2006. He has since worked extensively there in film and television projects such Home and Away, McLeod's Daughters, and Animal Kingdom, which won the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema at last year's Sundance Film Festival. Josh appeared as Lew "Chuckler" Juergens in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, which debuted in March 2010. He made his US stage debut in Play With The Penguin, directed by Billy Hopkins, at the 2010 Summer Shorts Theatre Festival in New York.

MICHAEL REDFIELD (Packie Hanrahan) is an actor, director, and film composer living in Los Angeles. He has received Ovation award nominations for performances in Small Tragedies at The Odyssey Theatre, and When They Speak of Rita at Pacific Resident Theatre. He starred in My Antonia at the Rubicon Theatre. TV/Film credits include Hannah Montana, Days of Our Loves, Bewitched, ID, and Chasing Home. For the 12in12 short film project he directed Hero by Proxy.

DONNIE SMITH (Terrance Swaino) has worked extensively in Chicago. Stage credits include The Mousetrap (Drury Lane); Pentecost (Chicago Irish Rep); Romeo And Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare NEA Tour); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant Of Venice, Romeo And Juliet (Illinois Shakespeare Festival); David Copperfield, The Water Engine, Division Street: America (Steppenwolf); Bloody Bess (Red Hen); The Rimers Of Eldrich (Terrapin); When The Walls Have Ears (Mary-Arrchie). Film credits: The Lincoln Lawyer, Fame, Gamer, The Ugly Truth, The Midnight Meat Train, Pathology, Henry Poole Is Here, The Dead Girl, Crank, Undiscovered, The End Of Thorns and Penguin Blues. address our culture and time. This presentation of Sunset Limited is the last production for Rogue Machine's 2010 season at Theatre Theater.

 


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