2018 Bistro Award Winner Dan Ruth Encores A LIFE BEHIND BARS
Newly announced 2018 Bistro Award winner for Solo Play, Brooklyn actor-writer, Dan Ruth, brings his tour-de-force black comedy, A Life Behind Bars, back to the Laurie Beechman Theatre for one performance on Thursday, February 22nd at 7PM.
Fermented in over two decades of booze and gentrification on both sides of the East River, A Life Behind Bars is an unapologetic and hilarious look at what can happen when you reach for the stars but grab for the bottle instead. Through gritty storytelling, Ruth shares dark comic monologues, interwoven with characters he's encountered while working and drinking in the bars and dives of pre-Rudy Giuliani NYC. A Life Behind Bars is directed by performer-producer-director, Tanya Moberly, a recipient of multiple awards from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs as well as a Bistro Award winner. A Life Behind Bars plays Thursday, February 22nd at 7pm at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street, NYC. Tickets may be purchased online at: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10245159. PLEASE NOTE: Mature themes.
"'A Life Behind Bars' affords the opportunity to watch a gifted actor flex his artistic muscles and mesmerize with a compelling story. An actor of impressive dramatic and comedic strength." -Gerry Geddes, BistroAwards.com
Ruth just mounted two successful performances at L.A.'s WhiteFire SoloFest. The play had its genesis in 2015, when working with long-time collaborator, Tanya Moberly, Ruth performed A Life Behind Bars to a single sold-out audience on December 19th, 2015 at Dixon Place on the Lower East Side in their main stage theatre. The team later went on to mount sold-out performances at both The Gutter Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and at Theatre Lab in Richmond, Virginia in April and May of 2016 before bringing the show to The United Solo Festival, where won the award for best Autobiographical Show. In 2017, A Life Behind Bars was critically lauded in two runs at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on 42nd Street.
He's has performed throughout New York City at The Courtyard Playhouse, The Hamlet of Bank Street, The West Bank Café (Laurie Beechman), The Duplex and Don't Tell Mama. Ruth served as core Director for multiple installations of The A-Train Plays at the Sanford Meisner Theatre and as both Director and Performer for the queer comedy troupe Planet Q, with their productions of Yabba Dabba Q and The History of the World Part Q. Original solo shows include White Noise and Once a Catholic at The Duplex, where he also staged a radio Foley-drama entitled Lights Out, based on the work of horror radio master, Arch Oboler. Regionally, Ruth has starred in productions of Brooklyn Boy, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Laughing Wild and Sex Drugs Rock & Roll. Ruth is a member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA and he holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's the Artistic Director of ANTICCS Theatre Company (Alternative New Theatre In Club/Cabaret Spaces) in New York City.
Photo Credit: Rolando Pellot
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