It’s Time

In honor of the one year anniversary of the World Premiere of “It’s Time”   we are proud to announce two encore performances on October 21st at 5pm and October 22nd at 2pm

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Its Time

Santa Monica, CA – A remarkable journey celebrating the resilience of a young family living in Los Angeles, created by award winning writer/performer Paul Linke. It’s Time originated from the true story Time Flies When You’re Alive, later filmed as an HBO Showcase (Ace Award nominee), and gives audiences a peek into challenges that were overcome and a look at how things turned out for the, once broken, family on Michael Avenue.

“Paul’s story is a wonderful reminder to all of us, that even when you think the world’s got you beat, just hang onto something you are passionate about and something good will come of it. It’s about not quitting a second before the miracle happens” – Michael Myers; Producer

Paul Linke (Playwright/Performer) earned a Drama Desk and Outer Critic’s Circle Award nomination for Save It For The Stage – The Life of Reilly starring comic legend Charles Nelson Reilly at the Irish Rep, in NYC. He co-founded the Garden Theatre Festival (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award) and was a member of the Company Theatre. Paul was the original artistic director/founder of the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica where he created his celebrated play Time Flies When You’re Alive, later filmed as an HBO Showcase special and nominated for a Cable Ace Award. He continued his autobiographical solo work with Life After Time, which premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse. Charles Nelson Reilly directed the third installment of Paul’s “Time Trilogy” Father Time, at the Pacific Resident Theatre. Directing credits include Nobody Don’t Like Yogi starring Ben Gazzara Off-Broadway at the Lamb’s Theatre and But First, Sammy Shore for which he won the ADA for Best Direction of an Original Play. He has developed and staged numerous solo plays including Caterpillar Soup, Capture Now, The Law of Return (with Shelly Berman), and Wilde and Wonderful (Two Ovation Award Nominations). He is recognized for his role as Artie Grossman on the NBC-TV series CHiPs as well as for his film credits, which include Motel Hell, his starring role in Parenthood, and K-PAX.

This is a story that I have needed to tell for a long time. I respect the importance of expressing gratitude to those who help us become the people that we are today” – Paul Linke (Writer/Performer)

IT’S TIME opens at 8pm on Friday, October 21st and runs at 8pm on Fridays, 5pm Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays through December 4, 2016 (no performances November 25 – 27). Ruskin Group Theatre is located at 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Tickets are $25 ($20 for students, seniors, and guild members) and can be purchased in advance by calling (310) 397-3244 or online by visiting this link. Ample free parking available.

Director Edward Edwards has worked on Broadway in Mike Nichols production of Streamers and in the title role in The Nerd. He directed RGT’s productions of The Collector, All My Sons, and High Rollers, adding directing awards to his long career in theatre for All My Sons, The Dream of the Burning Boy, and Tender Napalm. Other credits include Another Part of the Forest at The Ahmanson, Porgy and Bess at LA Opera, Baby With The Bathwater at The Coronet Theatre and The Hasty Heart for which he won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor. Currently, Edward is an Associate Artist with Global Arts Corps.

“I wanted to explore how love can save you, in times of grief, in times of doubt, and how it can give us all strength to live in the moment,” says Edwards.

John Ruskin (Artistic Director/Producer) founded the professional company in 2001. He helmed their critically acclaimed production of Strange Snow and teaches a Master’s Class in acting at RGT. John’s years of experience include studies at the Yale School of Drama, British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. In New York, Ruskin joined the acting faculty of the Neighborhood Playhouse at the request of Sanford Meisner (who he then apprenticed with) before moving to Los Angeles where he founded his own school of acting in addition to the professional theatre company. He provides outreach through RGT with their “Healing Through the Arts” project. Presently, this includes taking RGT actors into Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA to work with and entertain the patients.

Michael Myers (Producer/Managing Director) has produced more than 70 projects since 2002. He recently directed the world premiere of Digging Up Dad and the critically acclaimed production of Faithful at RGT. Mike is a co-creator of the Ruskin Group Theatre’s popular CAFÉ PLAYS, the monthly offering of one-acts that are done in 10 1/2 hours from conception to staging. He serves as chair of the Santa Monica Arts Commission. Mike recently produced the world premiere hit production of Rex Pickett’s Sideways The Play and Paradise: A Divine Blue Grass Musical Comedy.

Ruskin Group Theatre launched the World Premiere of Rex Pickett’s Sideways The Play, picked up by La Jolla Playhouse and now slated for Broadway, as well as their recent project Paradise, A Bluegrass Musical Comedy. Ruskin’s Healing Through The Arts program brings their actors into Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA to work with and entertain the children. The CAFÉ PLAYS, created by RGT are produced and when celebrating their 10th anniversary, RGT supporters Dylan McDermott, Ed Asner, Chris Mulkey, Olivia d’Abo, and other industry celebrities joined to produce the Best of Café Plays (both shows sold out within hours). Anthony Hopkins, David Mamet, Tony Franciosa, and Ed O’Neill are just some of the noted guests to have taught master classes at the Ruskin.

Our Production Team: Mike Reilly (Production Manager/Lighting Designer), Sarah Figoten Wilson (Set and Costume Design), and Chip Bolcik (Sound Design), Nicole Millar (Stage Manager)



Written and Performed by: Paul Linke

Directed by: Edward Edwards

Produced by: John Ruskin and Michael Myers

Presented by: Ruskin Group Theatre


Ruskin Group Theatre

3000 Airport Avenue

Santa Monica, CA 90405

(Ample free parking)


For Reservations call (310) 397-3244 or click here.


WHEN: Opening on Friday, October 21, 2016

Running: Friday 8pm, Saturday 5pm and Sunday 2pm

(no performance Thanksgiving weekend Nov 25 – 27)

Closing performance: Sunday, December 4, 2016

HOW MUCH: $25 (Students, Guild Members & Seniors $20)

Description: Widowed at 37 with three small children, Paul Linke walks through the valley of grief, leading us back into the light of life. It’s a story of hope, and how the power of love can heal a young family. It’s Time is an inspirational reminder to never give up on our dreams.