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Ruskin Group Theatre
3000 Airport Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90405
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10 reviews
48 stars
The weather was cold.
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4.1 average rating
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8 events
4 reviews
3 stars
attended Nov 30 2007

Powerful play; well worth seeing.
Wonderful, intimate theater experience.

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43 reviews
14 stars
attended Jan 04 2008

I took my teenage son to see this on a cold, rainy night, and we both enjoyed it immensely. This very intimate setting (we were about 10 feet from the 2 actors) in a small space added to the power of the show. The acting was really superb, the...continued

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0 stars
attended Dec 08 2007

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...continued

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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 T_he Army-McCarthy Hearings._