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In the Valley of the Shadow

rogue machine theatre · Ages 12+ · world premiere · United States of America

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An apocalyptic event in an LGBT Nightclub changes everything; love becomes hate, hate becomes love.

WINNER: UTM’s “Diversity in American Theatre” Award
WINNER: Inkwell Theatre’s “Promising Playwright” Award
WINNER: ENCORE PRODUCER’S AWARD
Better Lemons CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD
LAFPI’s Most Wanted List

“…without a doubt the most powerful piece I’ve seen so far in the Fringe…” – Stephen Fife, Better Lemons
“…cunningly cast with superb actors…The show benefits from an excellent creative staff, starting with smart, fast paced direction by Elina de Santos…” – Paul Myrvold, Theatre Notes
“… a stunning piece of theatre…sure to be one of the highlights of the 2017 Fringe Festival.” – Rob Stevens, HainesHisWay

A World Premiere play by Katherine Cortez, inspired by a collision of events: growing up in Orlando with no openly gay nightclubs, witnessing family and friends hiding in shadows and losing lives to AIDS before it had a name; completing the AIDS LifeCycle ride, and then…The Pulse nightclub shooting on the eve of LA PRIDE.

The play reflects on how fundamentalist belief systems can give a perverse inspiration to the execution of hate in the name of “love.” Exploring our duality as human beings – a paradoxical species capable of both violence and its opposite – the play challenges audiences to examine our darker parts in order to integrate the shadow and move towards the light, transforming hate into love.

production team

john flynn *
rmt artistic director
victoria hoffman *
assistant director & casting director
larry poindexter *
cast (jack/francis)
t verafield *
cast (carmen/hawk)
dylan arnold *
cast (rafi)
ethan rains *
cast (enrique/uriel)
karen white *
cast (marge/karen)
rachel sorsa *
cast (bette)
amanda bierbauer *
production manager
christopher mcvay *
understudy/rehearsal asst
scott victor nelson *
co-assistant director

* Fringe Veteran