The Ruskin Group Theatre and Platinum Dreams
Book by Stephen Mazur
Music and Lyrics by Paul Overstreet
Directed by Michael Myers
previews begin July 24th
Opening Aug 1st 2015
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm
General Admission: $30
($25 for students, seniors, and guild members)
Grammy Award winner and Songwriter of the Year (5 years in a row – BMI) Paul Overstreet (Hall of Fame – NSAI) has chosen Los Angeles to launch his new musical
Day drinking strangers in a Tennessee honky-tonk discover that they have a lot more in common than they ever could have imagined. A cosmic and comic exploration of love and/or marriage is built around twenty-two of Hall of Famer Paul Overstreet’s greatest songs, including “Forever and Ever, Amen”, and “When You Say Nothing at All”. This World Premiere musical goes straight to the heart of what it means to fall in (and out) of love, with the play’s characters designed to give voice to disparate perspectives, from I’d Choose You Again to (You Are the Reason We’re) Not Going to Make It. No matter what brings them all together to hash it out on a Wednesday afternoon, nobody leaves unchanged.
Chip Bolcik, Nina Brissey, Robert Criaghead, Dave Florek, Xander Hitzig, Lara Jones,
Ken Korpi, Amy Motta, and Nicole Olney
Cliff Wagner (Set Designer), Mike Reilly (Lighting design/Production Manager),
Chip Bolcik (Sound Designer), Tor Campbell (Choreographer), Jeff Faeth (Props),
Paul Ruddy (Casting/CSA), and Nicole Millar (Stage Manager)
Paul Overstreet (Music/Lyrics) has written and co-written 27 top ten songs, his first being George Jones’, Same Ole Me. Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Alison Kraus, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and Glen Campbell are just a few of the artists who have recorded Paul’s songs. When You Say Nothing at All was released in the major motion picture, Notting Hill, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. His first solo project began when RCA released Sowin’ Love. The five singles released from that album were all top ten hits. Overstreet, along with other co-writers, earned two Grammy Awards and BMI honored him as Songwriter of the Year for five consecutive years, a mark on the Music Row wall that has not been reached before or since. He has won the CMA and ACM Song of the Year and received a Dove Award for Country Recorded Album of the Year, and two more Dove Awards for Country Recorded Song of the Year. Paul was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and less than a week after Elvis Presley joined the dozen artists honored with markers on the Mississippi Country Music Trail, Paul Overstreet became Jackson County’s first marker recipient. The trail markers have honored such musical pioneers as Conway Twitty, Faith Hill, Jimmie Rodgers and Marty Stuart.
Steve Mazur (Book Author) has written or co-written the screenplays for Liar, Liar (1997), Heatbreakers (MGM), The Crooked E (CBS), Wedding Wars (A&E), Without a Paddle II (Paramount), and Jingle All The Way II (Fox). At RGT Steve has written two dozen L.A. Café Plays over the past five years, and was included in The Best of L.A. Café Plays.
Michael Myers (Director) directed the world premiere of Digging Up Dad and the critically acclaimed production of Faithful at RGT. He is co-creator of the Ruskin Group Theatre’s CAFÉ PLAYS, the monthly offering of one-acts that are done in 10 1/2 hours from conception to staging. Notable world premieres that Mike has helped develop include, Rex Pickett’s Sideways the Play, Paradise, A Bluegrass Musical, Digging Up Dad, Mutiny at Port Chicago and Mitigating Factors. Michael has served as Ruskin Group Theatre’s managing director since 2002, producing and directing more than 80 projects. In 2008 the Santa Monica City Council appointed Michael to the Arts Commission, and for the last five years he has been elected as Chair of the Commission.
Cliff Wagner (Musical Director) is a musician, songwriter, and carpenter; and is Music Director and Set designer for Sneaky Old Time. He came to the Ruskin Group Theater in 2010, and has been the primary builder and designer for all of their productions ever since. In 2013, The Ruskin Theater premiered Paradise, a Bluegrass musical, written by Tom Sage and Bill Robertson, with music composed by Cliff Wagner. Paradise played to sold out audiences for over three months. Cliff has written and produced 6 albums of his own material, featuring his band The Old #7. Some of these songs have been featured in movies and on Television, such as ” The Next Great American Band ” and “Justified”.
John Ruskin (Artistic Director) founded the professional company at 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.
Yonta Taiwo (Producer) is a co-founder of Platinum Dreams, the production company working with RGT to launch the World Premiere musical Sneaky Ole Time.
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Dave Florek (The Old Man) has performed on Broadway/Off-Broadway in Nuts, The Foreigner, Emily, Moonchildren, Death of a Miner, Splitsville, and Marvelous Gray. Regional credits include roles in Our Town, Second Story Man, Burning Hope, True West, and Strange Snow. He was a series regular on Grace Under Fire, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, and Fresh Prince of Bel Air, with Guest spots on Bosch, Justified, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, The Riches, Harry’s Law, and Seinfeld. Selected film credits include Hidalgo, Ghostbusters II, Marrying Man, and Fallen Arches.
Chip Bolcik (Barry) appeared Off-Broadway as Ted in Breaking Out Is Hard To Do at the Hudson Guild Theater in New York. He originated the role of Barry for The Face In The Reeds at Ruskin Group Theatre, was seen as Willmore in The Rover at the Folger Shakespeare Theater, and as Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. TV credits include Kreskin’s Amazing Mysteries and numerous narratives for National Geographic, TruTV, The Learning Channel, and The Discovery Channel among others.
Nina Brissey (Sheila) is making her third appearance at RGT after starring in Paradise, A Bluegrass Musical and El Grande de Coca-Cola (Best Comedy Ensemble nomination – LA Weekly Awards). She was seen in PCPA’s White Christmas and Les Miserables. Nina recently worked opposite Larry Hankin in his new pilot, The Homeless Detective, starring comedy gurus Howard Hesseman and Fred Willard.
Robert Craighead (Red) was last seen on the Ruskin stage in Paradise, A Bluegrass Musical. He has appeared in over 30 feature films, hundreds of television shows and over 50 theatrical productions. Most recently, he Guest Starred on NCIS: Los Angeles, Castle & Isles, Mob City, The Millers, and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Film credits include the soon to be released The Tiger Hunter, The Last Heist, Stormageddon and go all the way back to cult classics such as The Return of the Living Dead. He is currently filming the comedy Halloweed with Danny Trejo, Tom Sizemore and Jim O’Heir.
Alexander Hitzig (Jack) co-founded the musical group BrownChicken BrownCow StringBand and has performed throughout the United States, including gigs in Hawaii and Alaska. The band has recorded five albums with Alexander playing guitar, fiddle, and tenor banjo. He writes many of the songs that the group performs.
Lara Jones (Maggie) is appearing for the first time on the Ruskin stage. She recently came to Los Angeles from Indiana, where she has been performing on local staged since childhood.
Ken Korpi (Lucky) is a recipient of the John Raitt Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts, a Finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and Winner of Best Actor and Best Screenplay at the Los Angeles Film Racing Grand Prix.
Amy Motta (Janine) was seen in Bail Me Out at The Hudson and as the sparkly Barker in TheSpyAnts ever-extended production of Kidnapped By Craigslist at The Elephant Theatre. TV credits include the roles in series such as MadMen, Modern Family, The Mentalist, Grey’s Anatomy.
Nicole Olney (Lexi) co-starred in the TNT show Murder In The First, an independent feature film with Academy Award winning director Terry Sanders, and has been work on numerous web series.