To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine -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 Paine provides more than a mere history lesson; it's a sort of performance art. Not only do we learn of a largely untold slice of American history, we also get to see an actor in top form. So nuanced and layered is Ruskin's performance, and so enlightening is his script, it's as if Paine has been brought back to life just to speak to us."
-Ben Miles Showmag.com
"The bioplay, expertly acted by Ruskin ....as July 4th approaches The Life of Thomas Paine is the perfect play to see...[it] reminds us that revolution is as American as apple pie."
-Ed Rampell LA Progressive
"Ruskin brings the British-born Paine alive, faults and all, making him a fascinating character, one we should know all the more by reading his oeuvre. With some humor and intriguing personal history, we get to meet the man himself..."
-Dale Reynolds, Stage Happenings
The eloquence and passion of Thomas Paine have never been more timely than in Ian Ruskin's acclaimed one-man play To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine performed to capacity crowds and critical acclaim across America. Ruskin's vivid portrayal of this fiery patriot and Founding Father captures the brilliance and contradictions of the man that helped forge America's core yet today is misunderstood at best, forgotten at worst. He went from hero on the streets of Philadelphia to prisoner in Paris awaiting the guillotine. He was one of history's greatest idealists and worst politicians, a dangerous and very nearly deadly combination. Audiences use the words: engaging, inspiring, delightful, spectacular to describe their experience.
AND Don't miss Ian Ruskin's one-man play seen on PBS
From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks- the life of radical labor leader Harry Bridges
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.
"A spectacular way to introduce people to the historical struggles and the ideas of the most important revolutionary thinker of the late eighteenth century. Paine comes alive and creates excitement for history and the world of ideas, delivering important lessons for our own time and the possibility that democracy can attain great things."
Harvard Law School
"As part of Grand Performances 25th Anniversary Season everyone in the audience shared my admiration for the concept and execution of this well-crafted work, expressing their approval and enjoyment of the performance and their pleasure at learning details about Thomas Paine whose ideas were central to American Independence."
Michael Alexander, Executive Director, Grand Performances, Los Angeles
"Mr. Ruskin's performance was extremely well received, and attendance exceeded our expectations. Members were highly complimentary, and I too found his play entertaining, educational, and well written. I recommend the play without reservation."
American Philosophical Society
The Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
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