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    The World Premiere of “The Alamo” Starring Bobby Costanzo opens February 24th.

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    Ruskin Group Theatre presents the World Premiere of The Alamo, a new play by Ian McRae, directed by Kent Thompson. Touching on themes of nativism, racism and war, The Alamo paints a humorous yet heartbreaking portrait of eight working class Bay Ridge natives who always seem to find themselves on the front lines of change in America. In the blue collar Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn sits a rundown neighborhood institution called The Alamo; the last great American bar. The owners and bar patrons watched, from the roof, as the World Trade Towers fell, taking down their relatives and friends. Today, with an aging clientele, the place is fighting to keeps it’s doors open and the only hope seems to be the arrival of artist/gentrifiers who are moving into the neighborhood and wanting to adopt the bar as an entertainment hangout. Bay Ridge locals and Alamo regulars don’t want to surrender their bar, much less their neighborhood, to these young neo-carpetbaggers without a fight.

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    Ruskin Group Theatre presents the World Premiere of The Alamo, a new play by Ian McRae, directed by Kent Thompson.

    Opening on Saturday, February 24, 2017

    8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm on Sundays through March 31, 2018

    Ruskin Group Theatre located at 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405

    Santa Monica, CA (February 5, 2018) In the blue collar Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn sits a rundown neighborhood institution called The Alamo; the last great American bar. The owners, Munce and Carmen, along with some of their regulars watched, from the roof, as the World Trade Towers fell, taking down their relatives, friends, and neighbors.

    Today, with an aging clientele, the place is fighting to keeps it’s doors open and the only hope seems to be the arrival of artist/gentrifiers who are moving into the neighborhood and wanting to adopt the bar as an entertainment hangout. Bay Ridge locals and Alamo regulars don’t want to surrender their bar, much less their neighborhood, to these young neo-carpetbaggers without a fight. Touching on themes of nativism, racism, and war, The Alamo paints a humorous yet heartbreaking portrait of eight working class Bay Ridge natives who always seem to find themselves on the front lines of change in America.

    Director Kent Thompson is widely known for directing both classics and new plays. He is a vital advocate and developer of new plays and served as Producing Artistic Director of the Denver Center Theatre Company (2005-2017) and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (1989-2005). Kent created the Colorado New Play Summit, the Women’s Voices Fund, Off-Center (for immersive, interactive theatrical experiences) and the Southern Writer’s Project. He has produced close to fifty world premieres that have subsequently been staged by theatres such as Playwrights Horizons, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Chance Theatre, Victory Gardens, Old Globe, Donmar Warehouse (U.K.), and more.

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    “The Alamo is an authentic and touching portrayal of an Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn. Both funny and dramatic, it features vivid characters whose lives haven’t turned out quite the way that they had hoped. Each of them carries scars of the past (from Vietnam to 9/11, and choices long gone) as they fight for their place in a world under the assault of millennial gentrification. I love this play, because Ian McRae writes with such passion, compassion, and humor, about a forgotten group of people—blue collar Americans”  – Kent Thompson; Director
    - Kent Thompson
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