@Heart, A Contemporary Story of War at Ruskin Group Theatre
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Featured review from James ManczarekRed Velvet
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This is not a conservative v. liberal rant on the war, so don't be put off by politics. We caught the opening night performance and were truly impressed with the level of acting and the humanity of the story line. Both the actors and the story draw you to deeper levels as the play unfolds.
Quotes & Highlights
- "a fittingly straightforward and sincere staging--the stakes are high, and the feelings intense...seamless production elements." --<em>Los Angeles Times</em> - Recommended
- "the resulting mood is intimate--Myers is touching and so is McClendon as his increasingly desperate wife." --<em>LA Weekly</em>
- "Thanks to honest portrayals, this production builds emotional intensity that leads to a satisfying conclusion." --<em>Backstage</em>
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.