@Heart, A Contemporary Story of War at Ruskin Group Theatre
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The Lion King, long-time ruler of the Broadway and L.A. box offices, roars back into Hollywood as a limited-engagement treat for the holidays. Tony-winning director Julie Taymor made theatrical history when she transformed the beloved Disney movie into one of the most thrilling spectacles ever to grace the stage, with brilliant puppetry and majestic choreography and costumes. And as impressive as the visuals are, the score is equally thrilling, featuring Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" and "Circle of Life." Indeed, the musical's first appearance on Broadway was more than an impressive debut: Newsweek called it "a landmark event in entertainment." The Pantages became home to the Pridelands for a long and successful run beginning in 2000, and now a new generation has the chance to get swept up in its magic. See it now before it ends on January 12. Learn More
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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.
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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.