From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks -Electric Lodge/Venice
"Writer-performer Ian Ruskin's solo shows[are] undeniably apropos for the corporatist-beleaguered presentRuskin moves around the bare-bones setting with loping ease[his] versatility, innate affability and easy delivery lands directly between middle-period Geoffrey Rush and the late Roger Liveseyholding focusmaintaining intrigue.
-David C. Nichols, LA Times
"Ruskin's script is wonderfully didactic and his presence is compelling. Not only do we see this master stage craftsman in a sterling performance, we also are informed of an important and rarely broached part of America's sordid labor history.From Wharf Rats to Lord of the Docks is a must-see show." -Ben Miles, Showmag.com
"A gentle reminder of who this man was and how valuable he was to the global growth of protections for longshoremen, warehousemen and merchant-marine sailors.illuminating people who helped build a strong middle-class in America."
-Dale Reynolds, Stage Happenings
The multimedia, one-man show From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks is a deeply human portrayal of Harry Bridges, one of the most important labor leaders of the 20th century, as he helped rally dock workers into better conditions and, eventually, the formation of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU). Ian Ruskin helps bring this truly inspiring story to life, using a combination of Bridges' fiery speeches, the words of his contemporaries, rare labor songs and archival footage. The play has been performed more than 200 times around the world and a film version aired on PBS for more than four years. Explore this colorful, intense slice of history that still resonates to this day through this remarkable one-man show.
AND Don't miss Ian Ruskin's new one man play-
To Begin The World Again: The Life of Thomas Paine
at the Lillian Theater, and the Electric Lodge in Rep with this play.
BIO: Ian Ruskin, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has worked extensively in theatre, television and film in England and Los Angeles. His life-long interest in social justice led him to found The Harry Bridges Project in 2000. He has written and performed in three one man plays, and produced three radio and four documentary films including, along with Suzanne Thompson, the film version of "From Wharf Rats to Lords and the Docks", directed by Haskell Wexler, which aired nationwide on PBS for the past four years. His latest play, written with a COLA Fellowship, "To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine" has been performed nationwide over the past two years.
"Ian Ruskin's play about Harry Bridges and the West Coast dock workers brings to life the story of one of the most important leaders and one of the most militant unions in American Labor history. While the story primarily covers a period some 50 to 70 years ago, the message applies to the struggles workers face today. I wholeheartedly recommend this play." Richard Trumka, President, AFL CIO
"Harry Bridges is one of the most important labor leaders of the 20th century, and Ian Ruskin, in his one-man show, has captured him -- his persona, his ideas -- brilliantly. There were times when I forgot this was someone other than Harry Bridges speaking. It is a valuable piece of working-class history, presented colorfully and intelligently".
Howard Zinn, Historian, Playwright and Social Activist
The Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
|Minimum Age: 15|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|