@Heart, A Contemporary Story of War at Ruskin Group Theatre
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Set in the nightclub of a small, backwater town somewhere South of the Border, El Grande De Coca Cola is a hilarious look at small-town life and big-time entertainment. Pepe Hernandez boasts in the local press that he's bringing a group of international cabaret stars to town, thanks to help of his uncle, the manager of the local Coca-Cola bottling plant. But when Pepe's plans don't exactly come together, his "Parade of the Stars" has a different look. Don't miss this timeless comedy that has been entertaining audiences for more than 30 years! Learn More
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Featured review from Wanda
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I absolutely loved this play. It was very intense...very sad...very thought provoking. The play shows how much we hurt ourselves when we try to get revenge on someone and also shows us just how short life is. I took my 15 year old granddaughter as part of a requirement for her grades since she is in a magnet performing arts program. She thought she would be bored; but she, too, felt it was excellent.
Quotes & Highlights
- "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.