Dan Ruth's A LIFE BEHIND BARS Returns to The Beechman

Dan Ruth's A LIFE BEHIND BARS Returns to The BeechmanHilarious and Harrowing True Tale "A Life Behind Bars" Returns to The Beechman.

Back by popular demand, award-winning actor-writer, Dan Ruth, returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre this fall with his tour-de-force black comedy, "A Life Behind Bars." Fermented in over two decades of booze, bars and New York City gentrification, A Life Behind Bars, directed by multiple-MAC and Bistro Winner, Tanya Moberly, is an unapologetic, dark and funny look at what can happen when you reach for the stars and grab for the bottle instead.

Dan Ruth shares his story of addiction and recovery through comedic monologues, interwoven with characters he's encountered while working and drinking in the bars and dives of pre-Rudy Giuliani Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Show dates are: September 19th & October 4th at 9:30pm, Saturday, October 28th at 2 pm and Monday, November 6th at 9:30pm. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is downstairs at the West Bank Cafe, 407 West 42nd Street.


Dan Ruth made his Off-Broadway debut with "A Life Behind Bars" at The United Solo Festival in October 2016. The show won the 2016 Festival Award for "Best Autobiographical Show" and a designation as "Best Seller" at the festival. "A Life Behind Bars" was first developed with David Drake's Solo Show Shop at The Abrons Center in 2014.

Working with long-time friend and collaborator, Tanya Moberly, Ruth performed A Life Behind Bars to a single sold-out audience on December 19th, 2015 at Dixon Place in their main stage theatre and 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. Sober for 10 years, Ruth had a lot of practice reaching for bottles, working as a bartender in New York City at Curtain Up! at Manhattan Plaza, Danny's Skylight Room on 46th Street, Metronome and the Brooklyn Ale House in Williamsburg, which he ran from 2009 until its closing in 2014.

Photo: Rolando Pellot

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