Multi award winning playwright/lyricist Steven Sater continues to develop his play New York Animals in a workshop production at Rogue Machine Theatre. John Perrin Flynn directs Caroline Aaron, Kevin Brief, Burl Moseley and Jennifer Riley.
In New York Animals “21 characters, portrayed by four actors, wind their way through each other’s lives during one long day and night in Manhattan. This insidiously devastating and modern “Our Town” ultimately reveals who we are now and how we live.”
Sater won the Tony Award for Best Book and Best Score, the Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Lyrics, the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Musical for Spring Awakening. Other awards include the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and Drama League Awards for Best Musical.
His plays include the long-running Carbondale Dreams; Perfect for You; Doll (Rosenthal Prize); Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize); A Footnote to the Iliad (New York Stage and Film); Asylum (Naked Angels), and a reconceived musical version of Shakespeare’s Tempest (Lyric Hammersmith).
In addition to Spring Awakening, he has collaborated with Duncan Sheik on Umbrage (HERE); Nero (Magic Theatre, New York Stage and Film); The Nightingale (La Jolla Playhouse and American Conservatory Theater); the critically acclaimed album Phantom Moon (Nonesuch); and a new musical version of Alice in Wonderland.
Rogue Machine is a collective of award winning entertainment veterans bringing a new and distinctive voice to the Los Angeles theatre scene. Their mission includes building a theatre of ideas and nurturing the development of plays from contemporary writers while manifesting current culture, and consciousness. New York Animals is their third world premiere production in Los Angeles. Previously the company presented world premieres of Razorback and the award-winning production of Henry Murray’s Treefall.
New York Animals performs 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through August 8 (dark July 17). Tickets are $25. Call 323-969-7792 or visit www.roguemachinetheatre.com.
Rogue Machine Theatre is located at 5041 Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles.
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Photos by John Flynn—(top right) Jen Riley, Burl Moseley and Caroline Aaron; (left) Caroline Aaron and Burl Moseley.
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