Miss Lilly Gets Boned

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"OVATION RECOMMENDED"                                                                                  EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 3rd!

“Must-see, essential theatergoing. High caliber cast and crew” - Hollywood Progressive

Sex, faith, and violence are all part of this intricate package of connections in Miss Lilly Gets Boned. Bekah Brunstetter imaginatively explores the tenuous and permeable boundaries that separate our civilized side from our more animalistic one, and the ways that faith can limit or uplift humanity. While a captive elephant grows ever more anxious in chains, a virginal Sunday school teacher takes a big chance, by opening her heart to the dangers of love.

“There is a whimsy in Bekah’s play, an exaggerated comic cadence in Miss Lilly that finds the flow in the disjunction of modern life,” says artistic director John Perrin Flynn. “It probes the fears that keep grownups awake at night and consistently evokes the lack of balance between what we expect, what we wish for and what we get. Lilly’s voyage is a voyage that most of us eventually make, a journey into an awareness of the unexpected consequences of how truly random, scary, laugh out loud funny and tragic life can become."

Written by Bekah Brunstetter (The Cake, This Is Us, American Gods) and directed by Robin Larsen (Ovation, LADCC, Garland awards for BEST PRODUCTION, LADCC Career Achievement Award in Directing), the award-winning cast includes Tasha Ames (Ovation Award Rabbit Holein 2010 for her role as “Izzy” at Malibu Stage Company, Ovation nomination for Circle X's 2015 production of Trevor; co-starred opposite Reese Witherspoon in Hulu series Little Fires Everywhereand is featured in the film Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado) as Lara; Brady Amaya (WNBA LA Sparks Kids Dance Team at the Staple Center, NBC’s This Is Us, HBO’s Westworld, co-star in upcoming Netflix series Ratched, 13 awards, including “Most Sought After Actor,” and “Best Dancer” in competition IMTA-International Model and Talent Association) as Jordan; Kavi Ladnier (starred Off-Broadway in Rehana Lew Mirza’s HATEFCK directed by Lucille Lortel Visionary Award-winning director Adrienne Campbell-Holt, and in Anon(YMOUS) at The Public; Regional credits include Pentecostat Yale Rep, The DNA Festival at LaJolla Playhouse, The Suppliant Women(Getty Villa/Rogue Machine), TV recurring roles on Amazon’s Just Add Magic,NBC's Heroes,ABC's General Hospital) as Vandalla; Larisa Oleynik (off-Broadway musical comedy Who’s Your Baghdaddywith Tony nominee Ethan Slater, TV: starred in the title role ofThe Secret World of Alex Mack, 10 Things I Hate About You, 3rd Rock from the Sun, starring in Netflix’s new series The Healing Power of Dude, and seen in Trinkets) as Miss Lilly; Iman Nazemzadeh (Palomaat LATC, Creationat Boston Court, In the Valley of the Shadow and The Suppliant Women at Rogue Machine, Hostage at Skylight Theatre) as Richard; Justice Quinn (2x Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Finalist for the ACTF, short film 10 Years Down the Road, The Normal Heart, Pride and Prejudice, Out of Their Heads, Titan Stop, String of Endless Love and Start Swimming) as Harold, with Rachel Caselli and Amir Levi as Elephant Puppeteers.

Produced by John Perrin Flynn and Andrew Carlberg, our production/creative team includes Stephanie Kerley Schwartz (Scenic Designer), Sean Cawelti (Puppet Design), Martha Carter, (Lighting Design), Christopher Moscatiello (Sound Design), Jocelyn Hublau Parker (Costume Design), Hollace Starr (Dialect Coach), Mark Royston (Shadow Puppet Design), Julia Garcia Combs (Puppet Coach), Kis Knekt(Scenic Atist), Joshua Chamberlain andTaylor Kass(Assistant Directors), Christopher Breyer (Dramaturge), Victoria Hoffman (Casting Director), Amanda Bierbauer (Production Manager), Michelle Hanzelova (Media Producer).

Rogue Machine won the Ovation Award for BEST SEASON(2017) and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awardfor BEST SEASON (2016). In the last 8 years, Rogue Machine has won “BEST PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR” three times from these organizations. RMT has produced seventeen World Premieres, nine of which have been published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service or Broadway Play Publishing. Six of the productions have had subsequent productions at significant theatres, including Off Broadway, major Regional houses and The Donmar Warehouse in London. Two world premieres, Small Engine Repairand One Night in Miami…, are currently being made into feature films.

Miss Lilly Gets Boned runs Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm, Mondays at 8pm through November 3, 2019. Rogue Machine (in the Electric Lodge), 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, CA 90291. Tickets: $40, student discounts $25. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at http://www.roguemachinetheatre.com

Reviews

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Rarely is there a production of such high quality within such a small space, where all elements (cast, artistic, script, direction) gel-together so well that they form an incredible evening of theatre. Such a rare event is that of Rogue Machine's West Coast premier of Bekah Brunstetter's "Miss Lilly Gets Boned" directed by Robin Larsen.

sweet - Jeffrey Scott - Broadway World - ...read full review


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Like I told you, this is a wild and wacky play, a horror story, really (with lashings of comedy and satire). I’m not sorry I saw it, but I doubt whether I’d ever want to see it again.

The actors deserve full marks for the way they brought Brunstetter’s play to life. Ditto the large production team led by scenic designer Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, puppet designer Sean Cawelti, and shadow puppet designer Mark Royston.

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


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Miss Lilly Gets Boned is a strange show with an approachable plot that tends to get lost in its grandiose messages. However, it’s good for some laughs and, after weeding through its more questionable stances and presentations, still has the power to trigger useful debates over the many issues it ask viewers to consider.

sweet-sour - Lara J. Altunian - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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The actors play well to their stereotypes, and Sean Cawelti’s amazing elephant puppet is a design highlight. However, director Robin Larsen cannot quite corral Brunstetter’s thematic irregularities, nor her confusing sampling of styles.

sweet-sour - F. Kathleen Foley - LA Times - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Miss Lilly Gets Boned is the sixth Bekah Brunstetter play I’ve had the pleasure of seeing, and though not as perfect a work as her best, it captivated me from start to finish. Like her previous playwriting endeavors, I didn’t want to see it end.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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As a whole “Miss Lily Gets Boned” is a theatrical feat that pulls out all the stops and I do applaud that effort. It will gore you emotionally and split your sides with laughter all within the same scene and for this reason, it is not to be missed.

sweet - Todd Gaebe - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


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Gifted with a talented cast, MISS LILLY GETS BONED proves to be an entertaining and sometimes intriguing study of people faced with catastrophic challenges. As the play rolls on, however, connections between the two parallel stories begin to blur. Be that as it may, this reviewer still loved that luckless elephant with the big ears and long trunk. He may have been my favorite character in the play.

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review


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Not to be missed...a theatrical feat that pulls out all the stops. Bekah Brunstetter has written an engaging piece that deserves its West Coast Premiere by Rogue Machine Theatre. Larisa Oleynik created an endearing and lovely character in the titular Miss Lilly...that keeps you laughing even at the most absurd times.

sweet - Todd Gaebe - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


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A must see for audiences who long for a spiritual and intellectual challenge. Presented with great skill...vast imagination. Robin Larson's finely tuned direction and an excellent cast mesmerizes the audience. Tragic and funny; poignant and sad, it's well paced and revelatory.

sweet - Michael Sheehan - On Stage Los Angeles - ...read full review


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Miss Lilly Gets Boned possesses one of those things I value most in the arts – originality – and is indeed an exceedingly audacious, unique and imaginative production that is always entertaining, brought alive by a creative team of humans and puppets. I was unable to guess what direction the story and characters were moving to.

sweet - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis

This is a fascinating show with great artistic direction. Even with various elements of the script being drastically different from each other, the story still successfully comes together.

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


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Rarely is there a production of such high quality within such a small space, where all elements (cast, artistic, script, direction) gel-together so well that they form an incredible evening of theatre. Such a rare event is that of Rogue Machine's West Coast premier of Bekah Brunstetter's "Miss Lilly Gets Boned" directed by Robin Larsen.

sweet - Jeffrey Scott - Broadway World - ...read full review


Avatar

Like I told you, this is a wild and wacky play, a horror story, really (with lashings of comedy and satire). I’m not sorry I saw it, but I doubt whether I’d ever want to see it again.

The actors deserve full marks for the way they brought Brunstetter’s play to life. Ditto the large production team led by scenic designer Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, puppet designer Sean Cawelti, and shadow puppet designer Mark Royston.

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


Avatar

Miss Lilly Gets Boned is a strange show with an approachable plot that tends to get lost in its grandiose messages. However, it’s good for some laughs and, after weeding through its more questionable stances and presentations, still has the power to trigger useful debates over the many issues it ask viewers to consider.

sweet-sour - Lara J. Altunian - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Avatar

The actors play well to their stereotypes, and Sean Cawelti’s amazing elephant puppet is a design highlight. However, director Robin Larsen cannot quite corral Brunstetter’s thematic irregularities, nor her confusing sampling of styles.

sweet-sour - F. Kathleen Foley - LA Times - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Miss Lilly Gets Boned is the sixth Bekah Brunstetter play I’ve had the pleasure of seeing, and though not as perfect a work as her best, it captivated me from start to finish. Like her previous playwriting endeavors, I didn’t want to see it end.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Avatar

As a whole “Miss Lily Gets Boned” is a theatrical feat that pulls out all the stops and I do applaud that effort. It will gore you emotionally and split your sides with laughter all within the same scene and for this reason, it is not to be missed.

sweet - Todd Gaebe - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


Avatar

Gifted with a talented cast, MISS LILLY GETS BONED proves to be an entertaining and sometimes intriguing study of people faced with catastrophic challenges. As the play rolls on, however, connections between the two parallel stories begin to blur. Be that as it may, this reviewer still loved that luckless elephant with the big ears and long trunk. He may have been my favorite character in the play.

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review


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Not to be missed...a theatrical feat that pulls out all the stops. Bekah Brunstetter has written an engaging piece that deserves its West Coast Premiere by Rogue Machine Theatre. Larisa Oleynik created an endearing and lovely character in the titular Miss Lilly...that keeps you laughing even at the most absurd times.

sweet - Todd Gaebe - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


Avatar

A must see for audiences who long for a spiritual and intellectual challenge. Presented with great skill...vast imagination. Robin Larson's finely tuned direction and an excellent cast mesmerizes the audience. Tragic and funny; poignant and sad, it's well paced and revelatory.

sweet - Michael Sheehan - On Stage Los Angeles - ...read full review


Avatar

Miss Lilly Gets Boned possesses one of those things I value most in the arts – originality – and is indeed an exceedingly audacious, unique and imaginative production that is always entertaining, brought alive by a creative team of humans and puppets. I was unable to guess what direction the story and characters were moving to.

sweet - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis

This is a fascinating show with great artistic direction. Even with various elements of the script being drastically different from each other, the story still successfully comes together.

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review