DIRTY FILTHY LOVE STORY World Premiere Opens at Rogue Machine, 11/24
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by BWW News Desk
Last season, the 2011 Best Production (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly, Ovation, and Garland Awards) Small Engine Repair started out in the "Off The Clock" series. Now, in the tradition of offering "edgier" entertainment in this slot, Rogue Machine launches the World Premiere of Rob Mersola's Dirty Filthy Love Story on Saturday, November 24th at 8pm (no 10pm show that night).
A darker than black comedy about a lonely woman, forced by her meddlesome neighbor to face her hoarding problem. When she finds unexpected love, deeper issues bubble to the surface and her hoarding mess spreads farther than anyone can handle.
ROB MERSOLA (Playwright) has had several of his plays produced in both New York and Los Angeles and has had pieces performed at the World Famous Aspen Comedy Festival, LA's Improv Olympic, among many other notable venues. Applause Magazine has written, "Mersola has the potential to become one of the most successful American Playwrights of the 21st century." Mersola's Play Backstreets and Bathroom Stalls, (AKA Love Sucks) played at the Kraine Theatre in New York, the Lyric-Hyperion Theater in Silver Lake and the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood with rave reviews. LA Weekly nominated Mersola for Best Director of a Comedy in 2011.
"Hoarding is a fascination of American pop culture and it creates a fantastic backdrop for a story about love and loneliness, complete with kooky characters and extreme circumstances," says playwright Mersola.
ELINA de SANTOS (Director) is an award-winning director whose most recent credits include the LA Times "Critic's Choice" production of Arthur Miller's Broken Glass for the West Coast Jewish Theatre, and the West Coast Premiere of Daisy Foot's Bhutan at Rogue Machine. At RMT she helmed the World Premiere of Razorback by John Pollono, and Yard Sale Signs by Jennie Webb. In 2010, she directed a workshop of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht at Pacific Resident Theatre Co-op. Her many other directing credits include Proof by David Auburn, Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Elina received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for her work on Orpheus Descending.
DIRTY FILTHY LOVE STORY opens on November 24, 2012 at 8pm, running Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 8pm & 10pm thru December 29, 2012 (only one performance on December 15th - at 10:30pm). ROGUE MACHINE is located at 5041 Pico Blvd., LA, Calif. Tickets are $20-$25. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at www.roguemachinetheatre.com.
Andrew Carlberg (Producer) worked with Executive Producer Laurie Zaks on the hit ABC series Castle (starring Nathan Fillion) for its first four seasons, under an ABC development deal. He recently completed principal photography on his first feature film, Some Girls (based on the Neil LaBute play, and starring Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, Mia Maestro, Jennifer Morrison and Emily Watson), and is executive producing the critically acclaimed intimate theater premiere of The Color Purple: The Musical at Celebration Theatre (LA TIMES-Critics Choice, BACKSTAGE- Critic's Pick, and LA Weekly – Pick of the Week/GO!). Andrew produced the shorts Double For Nothing, and After-School Special (written by Neil LaBute). Andrew founded The 4th Wall: Geffen Playhouse Arts Alliance, a theater initiative in partnership with the world-renown theater and The Piece Project, a celebrity-based theater ensemble and reading series. On stage at the Geffen, Andrew produced the Los Angeles premiere of 110 STORIES (starring Katharine McPhee, John Hawkes, Ed Asner, Sharon Lawrence, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and others). He produced the Los Angeles premiere of Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat at [Inside] the Ford alongside VS. Theatre Company and the World Premiere of David Dean Bottrell Makes Love at Rogue Machine and the Comedy Central Stage.
John PerriN FLYNN (Artistic Director/Producer) launched this years productions of The New Electric Ballroom (director) by Enda Walsh, and Where The Great Ones Run by Mark Roberts (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 Three Views Of The Same Object as well as the critically acclaimed Los Angeles premiere of Rogue Machine's inaugural production, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, by Jeffrey Hatcher. 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 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.
JOSHUA BITTON (HAL) started his career performing in Off-Broadway Theatre: Romeo & Juliet (Lincoln Center Institute, The Crumple Zone - Rattlestick, Much Ado About Nothing - Expanded Arts. Selected regional credits include performances at The Rep. Stamford Theatre Works, and Princeton Rep. In Los Angeles his theatre work includes: Of Mice and Men (Pasadena Playhouse), Loot (A Noise Within), Biloxi Blues (LA TheatreWorks), Love Sucks (Coast Theatre), What's Wrong With Getting Laid? (Improv Olympics), and Backseats & Bathroom Stalls (Lyric Hyperion). He has worked extensively in film and television appearing in the critically acclaimed and award winning HBO mini-series The Pacific (winner of 8 Emmy's). Joshua has guest starred on numerous television shows including: Private Practice, Harry's Law, NCIS, CSI: NY, NCIS: LA, Justified, The Mentalist, Without A Trace, Commander-in-Chief, and many others. He was seen last summer in the Tom Hanks/Julia Roberts film Larry Crowne, and co-starred in the recently released independent feature For the Love of Money. Selected film credits include: Stop-Loss, Lenexa One Mile, Chasseur, Full Count, Returning Mickey Stern and National Treasure.
Burl Moseley (Benny) was recently seen in Tony Pasqualini's Idyllic World (Pacific Resident Theatre), Ruth McKee's Hell Money (Chalk Repertory Theatre), and in Steven Sater's New York Animals (Rogue Machine Theatre). Burl's television credits include Dexter, Grey's Anatomy, Mike & Molly, Brothers & Sisters, Law & Order, and Monk. Selected film credits include Volcano Girl, Truth, and Straw Man. In New York he performed in such plays as Christopher Shinn's Where Do We Live (Vineyard Theatre), Zakiyyah Alexander's Blurring Shine (NYC Fringe), and Daryl Watson's Prime Time (Abingdon Theatre). Burl created the role of Benjamin in Daniel Alexander Jones' Bel Canto in Boston. He has performed at the Sundance Theatre Lab as well as the New York Theatre Workshop.
Jennifer Pollono (Ashley) is a founding member of Rogue Machine. She received rave reviews for her role as Kylie in Rogue Machine's season opener of Where The Great Ones Run by Mark Roberts (LA Times Critic's Choice). Jennifer appeared in Rogue Machine's inaugural production of Compleat Female Stage Beauty by Jeffrey Hatcher, and Directed by John Perrin Flynn. She has been seen in all three Shorts & Sweet productions, and in Steven Sater's New York Animals. Jennifer originated roles in John Pollono's Bliss, Grace, and Lost and Found.