@Heart, A Contemporary Story of War at Ruskin Group TheatreRuskin Group Theatre (3000 Airport Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90405)
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The praise for Sir Tom Stoppard's masterpiece Arcadia could not be more effusive. A reviewer from The Daily Telegraph gushed, "I have never left a play more convinced that I had just witnessed a masterpiece." Whereas The Independent wondered if it might be "the greatest play of its time." The reason for such enthusiasm might be found in Stoppard's uncanny blend of brainy discussion and down-to-earth emotion. In this play alive with ideas -- about Byron, entropy, history and heat -- the human characters are never lost or diminished, but somehow made more real by their participation in a conversation that seems to span centuries. Set in a sprawling English country house, Arcadia moves between the 19th century and the present through a series of love stories, while characters from both eras discover connections, unearth mysteries and unravel hidden truths. Artistic Director Carey Perloff helms the American Conservatory Theater's dazzling new production of this modern-day masterwork. Learn More
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- "a fittingly straightforward and sincere staging--the stakes are high, and the feelings intense...seamless production elements." --Los Angeles Times - Recommended
- "the resulting mood is intimate--Myers is touching and so is McClendon as his increasingly desperate wife." --LA Weekly
- "Thanks to honest portrayals, this production builds emotional intensity that leads to a satisfying conclusion." --Backstage
On a contemporary home front in the Los Angeles area, the lives of a young family take a stunning turn when a soldier prepares for service. Discovering the courage, loyalty and love it takes to keep a family together in a post-9/11 world fails to prepare them for the challenges they face in the shadow of war. This epistolary account through heartfelt e-mails gives testimony to the passion of their relationship and the consequence of their decisions.
The creative team of @Heart includes award-winning director Paul Linke (LADCC Award, CAA award nomination for the HBO version of his play Time Flies When You're Alive, ADA for Best Director of an original play, and multi-nominee for the Ovation Award). Paul was a co-founder of the Garden Theatre Festival and the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica, where he became the original Artistic Director. Paul’s other plays include Life After Time, which premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse, and Father Time (directed by Charles Nelson Reilly) at Pacific Resident Theatre, where he staged the world premiere of The ’60s featuring Mariette Hartley. He is widely recognized for his staging of solo shows with talent such as Shelly Berman and Sammy Shore, as well as being a prized director for numerous productions at the Ruskin Group Theatre. In New York, Paul is well known for his many theatrical projects including Nobody Don't Like Yogi, starring Ben Gazzara.
Playwright J-Powers is the celebrated author of numerous original stage adaptations for compelling contemporary events. These include The 9/11 Commission Report, The Court-Martial of William Calley, McMartin Preschool Trial, The Examination of Mrs. Anne Hutchinson at the Court at Newton, Trial of Lenny Bruce and The Army-McCarthy Hearings.