Autism is a topic that few playwrights have even attempted to tackle and it's just the type of piece that the Rogue Machine prides itself on.
Garnering the Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding New Play, 'Falling' written by Deanna Jent ,the Artistic Director of Mustard Seed Theatre in St. Louis and a Professor of Theatre at Fontbonne University, makes its West Coast debut, with one of the most awarded young theatre companies in Los Angeles, Rogue Machine Theatre.
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 founding season in 2008, the troupe was lauded as “Best Theatre Company of 2012” by the LA Weekly.
The play, directed by multi-award winning director, Elina de Santos (Los Angeles Drama Critics circle Award, L. A. Weekly Award-Best Direction and Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle's Katselas Career Achievement Award in Directing) is based upon Jent's life and her family's experience, bringing up an autistic child.
'Falling' asks the question...'How do you love someone who is difficult to love? How does a parent care for an explosive child and the rest of the family at the same time?
The impressive cast list 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 Greewald Award, James and Nony Doolittle Award, Staley Musgrove Award, and the Jack Nicholson Award), and Tara Windley (StageSceneLA Award-Best Featured Actress).
Originally developed at the Mustard Seed Theatre, 'Falling' was an immediate critical and audience favorite, awarded the highest honor given in St. Louis theatre. Discovered by Tony Award-winning producer Terry Schnuck, the play was then produced in New York City.
The Miracle Project is partnering with Rogue Machine to offer "Special Matinee Sundays" October 13th - November 10. For five consecutive Sundays, pre-matinee live music will be provided by autistic children from The Miracle Project, with a post-matinee Autism Speaker Series featuring autism experts and families. The first speaker in the series will be the multi-award winner Falling playwright Deanna Jent on October 13th, followed by Elaine Hall (founder of The Miracle Project) on October 20th. Other guest speakers TBA.
FALLING opens on Saturday, October 12, 2013 and runs at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm Sundays through December 1, 2013. Rogue Machine is located at 5041 Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90019. Tickets are $30. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at www.roguemachinetheatre.com