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We Are Not These Hands

We Are Not These HandsTwo cagey 15 year olds, Moth and Belly, live in the ruins of a dystopian society where filth is abundant and the addiction to consumerism and porn is incessant.

But, they have each other – a relationship bound by love, an Internet café, and a slew of inside jokes. If they could only “cross the river,” and be in the capitalist society where an ostensible future exists. When they meet Leather, the journey veers in unconceivable directions as a series of humorous events unfold.

As part of L.A.’s largest celebration of performing arts, Rogue Machine offers We Are Not These Hands by Sheila Callaghan, In the Valley of the Shadow by Katherine Cortex, The Interference by Lynda Radley, and The Pleasure Project by Ava Bogle.
“Plenty of dark wit. Feels like something Caryl Churchill might have written — after dipping her quill in the blood of Neil LaBute. Poetic…her portrait of transactional sexual politics…the result is a hypnotic, defiantly opaque — and surprisingly tender — portrait of the endgame of globalization and rampant consumerism” – Chicago Tribune

Sheila Callaghan has had her work produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright's Horizons, Yale Rep, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, The Flea, Woolly Mammoth, Boston Court, and Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the prestigious Whiting Award. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Germany, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. These include Scab, Crawl Fade to White, Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), Dead City, Lascivious Something, Kate Crackernuts, That Pretty Pretty or, The Rape Play, Fever/Dream, Everything You Touch, Roadkill Confidential, Elevado, Bed, and Women Laughing Alone with Salads. She is published with and Samuel French, and several of her collected works are published with Counterpoint Press. She has taught playwriting at Columbia University, The University of Rochester, The College of New Jersey, Florida State University, and Spalding University. Sheila is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb and a member of the Obie winning playwright's organization 13P.

Larry Biederman has directed numerous productions throughout Los Angeles, including Eric Overmyer’s Dark Rapture (Evidence Room), Constance Congdon’s No Mercy (24th Street Theatre), Lillian Hellman’s The Autumn Garden (Antaeus), two Mickey Birnbaum plays, Big Death and Little Death (Road Theatre) and his latest world premiere of Backyard (Echo nominated for 5 Stage Raw Awards including Best Direction). World premiere productions include Sheila Callaghan’s Crumble (Moving Arts), Keith Josef Adkin’s Farewell Miss Cotton (Black Dahlia), and Matt Benjamin and Logan Brown’s Wirehead (Echo seven LA Weekly Award nominations, including Best Direction). His inventive staging of La Ronde was invited to the 2009 NY International Fringe Festival where, in addition to critical acclaim and oversold houses, both actors received Best Actor awards for the entire festival. Most recently he directed a staged reading of Sharr White’s Stupid Kid featuring Laurie Metcalf and Tom Irwin. Biederman's  spent seven seasons at A.C.T. in San Francisco, working in many capacities from Literary Manager to Associate Director of the MFA Program. He has directed and taught at A.C.T., and across the country, from the Williamstown Theatre Festival to the Old Globe.  

Cast: Albert Dayan, Cicily Glouchevitch, and Emily James

Produced by John Perrin Flynn and Heather Tyler

ROGUE MACHINE THEATRE recently received the Polly Warfield Award for Outstanding Season from the LA Drama Critics Circle, as the only theatre company to be given this award twice in the past sixteen years. KCRW (Best Theatre 2016) was another highlight of last season as well as receiving a Shubert Foundation grant, awarded to select theatre organizations for their artistic achievement, administrative strength, and fiscal stability along with company’s development of new work and other significant contributions to the field of professional theatre in the United States. A recipient of the American Theatre Wing’s 2014 National Theatre Company Grant, given only to 12 theatre companies in the country, Rogue Machine (BEST PRODUCTION for three years - Ovation, LADCC Awards) presents plays that are new to Los Angeles, and the company has garnered recognition for their work in upwards of 75 awards and nominations.

WE ARE NOT THESE HANDS begins performances at 10pm on June 2nd and continues on Fri 6/9 at 10pm, Thurs 6/15 at 9:30pm, Fri 6/16 at 8pm, Sun 6/18 at 7pm, Wed. 6/21 8pm, Fri 6/23 at 10pm, and Sat 6/24 at 5pm. Rogue Machine is located at The Met, 1089 N Oxford Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029. Tickets are $15. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at

Presenter / Producer: John Perrin Flynn and Heather Tyler

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Theater > Drama

Event Phone: 855-585-5185

Rogue Machine Theatre
1089 N. Oxford Ave
Los Angeles CA 90029

LA - Hollywood / Westside

Performance Dates: 6/2/2017 - 6/24/2017
Friday, 06/02/2017
Friday, 06/09/2017
Thursday, 06/15/2017
Friday, 06/16/2017
Sunday, 06/18/2017
Wednesday, 06/21/2017
Friday, 06/23/2017
Saturday, 06/24/2017

Performance Times
10pm on June 2nd and continues on Fri 6/9 at 10pm, Thurs 6/15 at 9:30pm, Fri 6/16 at 8pm, Sun 6/18 at 7pm, Wed. 6/21 8pm, Fri 6/23 at 10pm, and Sat 6/24 at 5pm

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Tickets are $15. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at

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