Seldom tackled by writers, this topic is controversial, inspiring, frustrating, alarming, and very complex. Exactly the type of play that Rogue Machine is known for, and has been recognized for with the likes of 12 Ovation Award nominations last month adding to their over 50 awards (including Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly, Ovation, Garland, and BEST PRODUCTION two years in a row). LA Weekly named them Best Theatre Company – 2012.
Writer Deanna Jent created FALLING from a deep and very personal experience with family, and the challenges of raising her autistic son. Originally developed at Mustard Seed Theatre in St Louis, the play garnered a Kevin Kline Award for “Outstanding New Play,” was discovered by Tony Award winning producer Terry Schnuck, and moved to New York to much critical acclaim.
“It's so complicated and messy; if there was an easy answer, people would have figured it out a long time ago. But whatever the challenge of going through that emotional journey is, it is completely countered by the joy of sharing this story and of telling this truth” says Jent.
The truth is not always comfortable and pleasant. Rogue Machine works to engage the community with arts that create dialogue and resonate long after the curtain closes. This production will certainly do that.
As Jent describes it, “the play is really about loving someone who's hard to love. And that's a universal thing; we all have that in our families somewhere. It might be us! Whether it's a personality thing or illness or addiction or aging, it's about how we handle the situations of caring for and loving someone who's hard to love. That's a crisis that I think everyone's heart can empathize with. And the theatre can bring us all together and tell us stories that show us we're not alone.”
The cast brings an abundance of talent to the project, and includes Anna Khaja (Ovation Award-Lead Actress, LA Weekly Award-Best Actress), Matthew Elkins (LA Weekly nomination-Best Actor), Karen Landry (Atlantic City Film Fest Award-Best Actress), Matt Little (Ava Greenwald Award, James and Nony Doolittle Award, Staley Musgrove Award, and the Jack Nicholson Award), Tara Windley (StageSceneLA Award-Best Featured Actress), and helmed by multi-award winning Director Elina de Santos (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, LA Weekly Award-Best Direction, and Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle’s Katselas Career Achievement Award in Directing).
It looks to be the kind of journey that theatre audiences are starving for in Los Angeles. Entertaining and thought provoking, the 3pm Sunday matinees will offer a “Speaker Series” as well… continuing the conversation!
FALLING opens on Saturday, October 12, 2013 and runs at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm Sundays through December 1, 2013. A special “Speaker Series” runs directly following Sunday performances from Oct 13 – Nov 10. It will feature the playwright, Deanna Jent on the 13. On October 20, Elaine Hall (Founder) from The Miracle Project will speak. Rogue Machine is located at 5041 Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90019.
Tickets are $30. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at www.roguemachinetheatre.com