Produced Scripts


Charleston International Film Festival

“Sweetly Sublime” —

Steaming Milk

Best Actor and Best Director Awards (runner-up) 1997 Seattle International Film Festival

Best of the Fest, The Seattle Times

Best of the Fest, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Ones to Watch”: Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, L.A. Weekly, Moviemaker, Film Finders, Charleston City Paper

“an impressive writing-acting debut for Rogers” —John Hartl, The Seattle Times

“This is entertaining filmmaking with some very impressive writing muscle.” —Tom Keoh, Seattle Weekly

The Trial of Major Stede Bonnet

“Great fun, splendidly performed and exhaustively researched. Grade A” —Charleston City Paper

Sic Semper Tyrannis (The Tragedian)

“A wonder . . . a virtuosic performance . . . Genius.” —Carol Furtwangler, Post & Courier

“Stage magic . . . mesmerizing . . . a once in a lifetime creation.” —Will Bryan, Charleston City Paper

Killing Chickens

“compelling drama, subtle character development, and plenty of humor . . . With plenty to say about loneliness, bereavement, the societal roles people play, and the pressures that result, Rogers has created a worthwhile piece of theatre that  embraces its dramatic clichés rather than ignoring them, holding its own against past PURE offerings by Neil LaBute, Martin McDonagh and others. Rogers’ characters may need psychiatric help, but that makes their hard lives and poor  choices compulsive to follow—the hallmark of any great drama. ” —Nick Smith, Charleston City Paper

“firmly in the dramatic tradition created by Eugene O’Neill and refined by Arthur Miller” —Jeff Johnson, Post & Courier

What Comes Around

“Rogers (who also directs) has written a sophisticated script with delicate touches. He’s created an excellent buildup of escalating tension and crafted taut twists, and he’s written some beautifully memorable lines.” —Jennifer Corley, Charleston City Paper

Ginger: A Hansel & Gretel Tale
co-written with Spencer Deering

“With Ginger, PURE manages to modernize the classic story of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ while retaining its original darkness and taking it to another level. . . . Ginger boasts PURE’s signature blend of dark humor and clever plot twists, even when we think we know exactly where everything will end.”

  • About Rodney

    Working in multiple disciplines of dramatic form over the past 24 years, writer/actor/filmmaker Rodney Lee Rogers recently received the SC Arts Commission’s Playwriting Fellowship for 2010 and won a SC Film Commission grant for his short film Downturn.

    His plays and one-acts include HOGS, The Tragedian, Killing Chickens, Fairgrounds, What Comes Around, Tell, Cowboys, and A Waffle House Christmas. His plays have been produced in New York City, Seattle, Charlotte, and Charleston.

    His feature film Steaming Milk won runner-up Best Actor and Best Director awards at the 1997 Seattle International Film Festival and was chosen as a “Best of the Fest” of both The Seattle Times and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He has been on the “Ones to Watch” list for Moviemaker and Filmmaker magazines.

    Theatre directing credits include Tell, Jesus Hopped the “A” Train, What Comes Around, HOGS, and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Acting credits for the stage include The Pillowman, The Lonesome West, Cloud Tectonics, Underneath the Lintel, Eurydice, and The Tragedian. On television he has appeared on One Tree Hill, Medicine Ball, and Army Wives. He was voted Best Actor by Charleston City Paper for 2009 and 2010.

    Co-founders of PURE Theatre, he and his wife, artistic director Sharon Graci, live in Charleston with their five children.