"TOP TEN Recommended" - Stage Raw
"We did not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we are borrowing it from our children"
Rogue Machine’s west coast premiere of “Earthquakes in London” is an immensely powerful and inventive play precisely because it is about so much more than its theme, climate change.
Three sisters are left to raise and care for one another after their mother dies and their father abandons them. Now adults, the sisters find themselves navigating a 21st century London that is at the precipice of both an existential and an all-too-real environmental crisis.
“Bartlett beautifully combines domestic and cosmic issues. It tackles a vast theme by pursuing the fortunes of a single family…the play is humane, multi-stranded. It is, in every sense, a big play that has the courage of its convictions.” – The Guardian
Running in rep with Neil McGowan’s new hit, DISPOSABLE NECESSITIES (Critic’s Choice – LA Times), both plays are crafted by extraordinary playwrights who build complex worlds with precise internal logic. They allow us to see ourselves within our own world, with fresh eyes. Together they give audiences a look at what may be in store for our future, but not necessarily what should be.
“Much of the work about climate change and global warming was often strangely disconnected from the way we live day-to-day. I want to write plays which are in some way vitally important for the audience watching them, so the question I had was, how does the threat of global warming change our behavior? And the story came from there.”
Written by multi-award winner Mike Bartlett, directed by John Perrin Flynn and Hollace Starr, the cast includes Michael James Bell, Ava Bogle, Zoey Bond, Ron Bottitta, Turner Frankosky, Anna Khaja, Kaitlin Kelly, James Liebman, Jeff Lorch, Kevin Phan, Sara Shearer, Taylor Shurte, Jonathan P. Sims, Paul Stanko, Christian Telesmar, Mari Weiss, Miranda Wynne.
Earthquakes in London runs at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm Sundays through March 1, 2020, EXCEPT Sunday, Feb 9 has a 1pm curtain (no performance on Feb. 21). Pay-What You-Want on Feb. 7 (minimum $20). No advance sales for this date. Box office opens one hour before the show. Availability is limited. Closing: March 1, 2020. Rogue Machine (in the Electric Lodge), 1416 Electric Ave., Venice CA 90291. Tickets are $40 (students $25). Reservations: 855-585-5185 or athttp://www.roguemachinetheatre.com