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Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94301
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“a two-person masterpiece” —San Jose Mercury News
“deeply affecting” —San Francisco Chronicle
“tour de force” —Bay Area Reporter


Nationally acclaimed actor Ken Ruta stars in the role of a lifetime: the honorable Francis Biddle, FDR’s former attorney general—a blue-blood American icon in his final years. His secretary is fresh-faced Sarah Schorr, a prairie populist from Saskatchewan hired to help with his memoirs. The boss is cantankerous but charismatic, the assistant vulnerable but full of grit. And then the fun begins. Based on the playwright’s own real-life experiences, this tour de force is a hopeful and humorous tale of friendship amidst life’s most inevitable adventure: growing old.

This production marks the Northern California premiere.

By Joanna McClelland Glass

Starring Ken Ruta and Amanda Duarte

Ken Ruta appeared in TheatreWorks’ production of Old Money, but Bay Area audiences have most recently seen him in American Conservatory Theater’s The Circle, The Voysey Inheritance, and Christmans Carol, Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Our Town, and Magic Theatre’s Other People’s Money. He is an original company member of Cincinnati’s Playhouse-in-the-Park, Minneapolis’ Tyrone Guthrie Theatre (also Associate Director) and San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre. He waqs Prospero last summer in Houston Shakespeare Festival and Southwest Shakespeare Company’s productions of The Tempest. Mr. Ruta has enjoyed long associations with The Old Globe and Arizona Theatre Company as well as appearing in the Broadway productions of Inherit the Wind, Separate Tables, Duel of Angels, Three Sisters, and The Elephant Man. His work has embraced everthing from soap opera to grand opera. His fifty years on legitimate stage have garnered many laurels, most recently the Dean Goodman Life Achievement Award and Honorary Master of Fine Arts Degree from ACT.

Amanda Duarte has appeared at TheatreWorks in Be Aggressive and Old Money. Her Bay Area theatre credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona at San Jose Repertory Theatre, Tough! and The Philanderer at Aurora Theatre Company, Taming of the Shrew at California Shakespeare Theatre, Arrivals/Departures and Three Sisters at Shotgun Players, and Minutes from the Blue Route at Magic Theatre. New York credits include Big Love at Theatre for the New City, Pac-Man: The Musical at the Bureau, and solo performances at the PIT, Caroline’s, Upright Citizens’ Brigade, and New York Solo Play Lab. Her TV and film credits include Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Bay Cafe, and Citizen Candy Man. She received a Dean Goodman Choice Award for Be Aggressive, and was the recipient of the 2002 Bay Guardian Goldie Award.

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