Rogue Machine's STOP KISS Extends, Added Performance 10/25
The consequences of love can be horrifying, yet miraculously tender. Callie meets Sara and an astonishing chain of events is set into motion. This story pays homage to life's abrupt and unexpected transformations...to romance, and to the search for personal identity.
STOP KISS won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York production. Diana Son was awarded a Barilla Kerr Award for Playwriting. This marks the third Los Angeles premiere production (following Steppenwolf playwright Lisa Dillman's HALF OF PLENTY and Pulitzer Prize nominee Adam Rapp's BINGO WITH THE INDIANS) for one of LA's newest (and already award winning) theatre companies, ROGUE MACHINE.
ELINA DE SANTOS (Director) helmed ROGUE MACHINE'S highly acclaimed world premiere production of RAZORBACK by John Pollono. For the Pasadena Playhouse, she directed VINCENT IN BRIXTON (Nicholas Wright); for the Pacific Resident Theatre, Clifford Odets' ROCKET TO THE MOON (LADCC Nominee for direction), Arthur Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN, Tennessee Williams' ORPHEUS DESCENDING, which garnered multiple awards including the top LADCC Award for performance, direction and production, and Edward Albee's A DELICATE BALANCE; and for the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble; the LA Premiere and multi-award winning SPEED THE PLOW by David Mamet, Arthur Miller's ALL MY SONS, a nine month run of Clifford Odets' AWAKE AND SING! and PROOF (David Auburn). For the Ark Theatre Company, Ibsen's A Doll's House - LA Weekly nomination for Best Direction 2007, AND for Theatre of Note, THEY'RE JUST LIKE US. Regional theatres: ORPHANS (OC Weekly Best Production, BSW Best Production, LADCC Best Production Nomination), ROMEO AND JULIET: Circus Verona (Ovation Nomination), Berkshire Theatre Festival, Deaf West Theatre, International City Theatre. Elina is a member of the Actors' Studio Playwrights' and Directors' Unit.
ROGUE MACHINE in Theatre Theater is located at 5041 Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90019. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling (323) 960-7774 or at www.roguemachinetheatre.com
John PerriN FLYNN (Producer/Artistic Director) directed the critically acclaimed Los Angeles premiere of Rogue Machine's inaugural production COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY. 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. Executive producer and director of Lifetime's long running award winning series STRONG MEDICINE, John has produced two other series and 14 television movies or miniseries including the Emmy nominated BURDEN OF PROOF. He attended The London School of Music and Dramatic Art and has an MA degree in Theatre from Illinois State University.
ROGUE MACHINE is a collective of award winning entertainment veterans bringing a new and distinctive voIce To Los Angeles Theatre. This presentation of STOP KISS is the 2nd main stage play for ROGUE MACHINE'S 2nd season at Theatre Theater. ROGUE MACHINE 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 ROGUE MACHINE mission includes building a theatre of ideas and nurturing the development of plays from contemporary writers while manifesting current culture, and consciousness. ROGUE MACHINE projects will exhibit a strong emphasis on presenting new plays or plays new to Los Angeles.
MATTHEW ELKINS (Producer/ Co-Director) produced ROGUE MACHINE's inaugural production, the award winning COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY. He also directed RAISED IN CAPTIVITY in the Pacific Resident Theatre co-op. On stage Matthew has been seen in A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL (Odyssey Theatre). HAPPY END, TURN OF THE SCREW (Pacific Resident Theatre), and NBC's ER. Other credits include: COMEDY OF ERRORS, THE WINTERS TALE, (Utah Shakespearean Festival); LOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL, HAY FEVER, THE CRUCIBLE (Asolo Theatre Company); INDULGENCES IN THE LOUISVILLE HAREM (Kennedy Center); NUNSENSE AMEN, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (American Stage); MARY STUART, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, THREE MUSKETEERS (American Globe, NYC).
The Ensemble and Design Team:
DEBORAH PUETTE (Callie) made her professional acting debut as the lead in the world premiere of Rebecca Gilman's THE GLORY OF LIVING at Circle Theatre. The play went on to be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and Deborah was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Citation, Chicago's most distinguished acting award. She was profiled in PerformInk as "a young actress to watch." Deborah has worked on major stages in Los Angeles, Chicago and regionally alongside actors such as Dustin Hoffman, James Cromwell and Alfred Molina. Her lead performance in the critically-acclaimed, long-running play TRYST at the Black Dahlia Theatre was the among the most lauded of the 2007 L.A. theater season, garnering best lead actress nominations from every major outlet including the Ovations, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and Garlands, and netting her the LA Weekly award. Deborah moved directly from that show into the Dahlia's next offering THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT. Other recent stage credits include the Garland Award-winning West Coast premiere of AMERICAN DEAD at Rogue Machine, the World Premiere oF BrownSTONE at Laguna Playhouse, and PERA PALAS at Theatre @ Boston Court for which she won both LADCC and the Garland Award. On Deborah was recently seen in The Weinstein Company's CROSSING OVER with Harrison Ford and Sean Penn. Upcoming films include the lead in NURTURE and a major supporting role in THE SHOW, two short films set to play the festival circuit this year. Television work includes a recurring role on Lifetime's STRONG MEDICINE and CUPID, opposite Jeremy Piven.
KRISTINA HARRISON (Sara) has received critical acclaim for her performances in ALICE SIT-BY-THE-FIRE, HOGAN'S GOAT, and OF MICE AND MEN at the Pacific Resident Theatre. She has performed with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Goodman, Latino Chicago, Teatro Vista, The Neighborhood Playhouse, The Mint Theater, The Fox Theater In St. Louis and The Tron Theater in Glasgow.
INGER TUDOR (Mrs. Winsely/Nurse) is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. After many years of theatrical work in New York, she completed a classical theatre graduate program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Inger is a long-time ensemble member of Theatre of NOTE, where she has served as president of the Artistic & Management Committee and coordinator of NOTEworthy, Theatre of NOTE's staged reading series. She is a guest artist with Antaeus Company, a former member of Classical Theatre Lab, as well as a director and producer for theatrical productions. Los Angeles acting credits include: STUFF HAPPENS at Mark Taper Forum (Ovation nomination for Best Ensemble; Drama Critics Circle nomination for Best Production), THE MAIDS (4 NAACP nominations), THE DEATH OF GRIFFIN HUNTER, THE OEDIPUS TREE, The House on Lake Desolation and Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, 1836, (NAACP Theatre Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress). She has been seen on the series NCIS, LAS VEGAS, THE SHIELD, WITHOUT A TRACE, DRAGNET, and STRONG MEDICINE. Film credits include ART, LONG STORY SHORT, SUNDAY MORNING STRIPPER (numerous short film awards) and THE MAKING OF "GRITS" (Mockumentary Festival - Best Actress Award).
JEORGE WATSON (Detective Cole) is making his Los Angeles stage debut at Rogue Machine. He has appeared in over twenty productions (in the rich Washington DC/Baltimore theatre scene area), including the Helen Hayes Award Winning productions of JITNEY, and TAKE ME OUT at Studio Theatre, the Helen Hayes Award nominated, THE BLUEST EYE at The Theatre Alliance and the title role in OTHELLO at the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. He portrayed Boy Willie in Arena Stage's THE PIANO LESSON. Jeorge has worked at many notable regional theatres including: The Kennedy Center, The Shakespeare Theatre, Ford Theatre, and Wolly Mammoth. Jeorge was a recurring cast member on the first season of HBO's critically acclaimed series THE WIRE.
Christian Anderson (George Christian) recently completed work on the pilot THE MALE ROOM as a guest host. He performed as a national on air host for HSN, hosting an eclectic group of shows including NFL Shop, ABSOLUTE JEWELRY, OUTDOOR LIVING, and KITCHEN STOCK-UP. Christian toured the country performing at various Shakespearean companies including the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Sedona, and Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. He has appeared series such as WILL AND GRACE, ACCORDING TO JIM, and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.
Leigh Allen (Lighting Designer), a multi-award winner for lighting design, is a recipient of the Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. Leigh returns to Rogue Machine after her highly acclaimed design for RAZORBACK and AMERICAN DEAD. Other credits include: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Musical Theater West), CHAMPAGNE (Regent Cruise Lines), SHIMMY! (Princess Cruise Lines), SNOOPY ON ICE, THE RED ROAD (Native Voices), KILLER JOE (Ovation Award: Production of the Year), THE FAB FOUR (South Bay CLO), THE PRINCE OF LA (The Old Globe in San Diego), and VINCENT IN BRIXTON (Pasadena Playhouse). Leigh also received the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle and LA Weekly Lighting Design Award for JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN.
Dennis Ballard (Costume Designer) designed SPRINGSCAPE, TEA AND TEMPTATION,
STAGED FRIGHT for American Ballet Theatre. He has designed the Off Broadway productions of ACTS OF LOVE, ASCENSION, FRANKENSTEIN SUMMER, and BARLTLEBY THE SCRIVENER. As an assistant designer, Dennis has worked on Broadway's Tony award winning productions of KISS ME KATE and THOUROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, as well as working on the Tony Nominated productions of THE COLOR PURPLE, WONDERFUL TOWN and THE CONSTANT WIFE. Dennis is currently a Design Teaching Artist for American Ballet Theater and travels with the company when they perform throughout the United States.
Adam Flemming (Scenic Design) has credits which include THE MAN OF LA MANCHA (Laguna Playhouse), SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE, TOO! (Greenway Court), WOMEN OF MANHATTAN (Actor's Studio - LA), THE LAST SEDER, ONLY SAY THE WORD (Ensemble Studio Theater - LA), MEDUSACHRIST (RedCat), ROMEO & JULIET (Noise Within), and DOUBT (Santa Barbara Theater).
CHRISTOPHER MOSCATIELLO (Sound Designer) is a composer and music director for theater, television and film as well as being a sound designer for stage. His original compositions and designs and have been heard in productions and programs on NBC, Fox Television, National Geographic, BBC, MSNBC, the Discovery Channel, AOL/Time Warner, The History Channel, ZDF Germany, The Smithsonian Institution, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Folger Shakespeare Theater, The Edgemar theater, The Odyssey Theater, Santa Monica Playhouse, The Road Theater Company, and he is the Resident Sound Designer for the ARK Theater Company at the Hayworth. Chris is a member of IATSE and the American Federation of Musicians. He has served as the Associate Artistic Director and Conductor of the Boston Chamber Ensemble, he composed an original ballet commissioned by the Kirov Ballet Academy, and he acted as supervising composer for The Washington Opera's "Create and Produce" program.