Garnering 12 Ovation Award nominations this season and winning upwards of 50 awards (including Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly, Ovation, Garland, and BEST PRODUCTION two years in a row), Rogue Machine was lauded as “Best Theatre Company of 2012” by the LA Weekly. This is their second partnership with the United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance and the first time that these two historic productions will be presented together.
“Tracers” follows a group of young American soldiers through the rigors of boot camp, the horrors of combat, the craziness of war, and the PTSD challenges of coming home. Because it is a group piece, it is not just one story. It is a series of events intertwined with music, movement, and ritual.
“The Long Way Home” Reflections on The Tracers Journey is a personal look back at the conception, creation, and theatrical journey of the landmark Vietnam play "Tracers." Utilizing poetry, projections, story telling, and live music. A theatre story, and a Veteran's story.
With a stellar cast, all of whom are Veterans, these highly respected institutions pay homage to those who have served in the United States Military. Leading up to Veterans Day 2013, the shows will run in rep. The USVAA acknowledges veterans of all eras, while supporting and artistic talents and healing for a new generation of Veterans.
"Once in a great while 'theatre' changes the world. I think Angels in America did. The only play I have ever been involved with that changed the world was ‘Tracers.’ The synergy between the play and the veteran's rights movement was so complete that it is impossible to separate the play from the movement. Tracers and that movement eventually encouraged us all to look at the Vietnam War and its outcome with wisdom and compassion. This is that story." says John Perrin Flynn, director of “The Long Way Home.”
Conceived and written by John DiFusco ‘Tracers’ with co-writers: Vincent Caristi, Richard Chaves, Eric E. Emerson, Rick Gallavan, Merlin Marston, Harry Stephens, and Sheldon Lettich performs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (added show/talk back at 3 p.m. Sunday October 13), and 6 p.m. Sunday through November 3. “The Long Way Home” performs 8 p.m. Thurday and 3 p.m. Sunday (with talk back on Sunday, October 20). Tickets are $30 (see site for discounts). Call 855-585-5185 or visit www.RogueMachineTheatre.com.
USVAA Theater is located in the AMVETS Post II Building at 10858 Culver Blvd. in Culver City. Free parking is available on site.