Paradise – A Divine Bluegrass Musical Comedy

From the company that brought you eight glorious sold out months of Sideways The Play, comes the never before staged musical comedy extravaganza PARADISE – A Divine Bluegrass Musical.

Catapulted from coalmine to prime time, a small town sees hope for salvation. On the verge of living the American Dream, this satirical musical lowbrow hoedown is about to be outsourced.  Can a charming new preacher and his bombshell sidekick, rescued from the stripper pole at the Innuendo Lounge, save the day?

RUSKIN GROUP THEATRE launched the WORLD PREMIERE of Rex Pickett’s Sideways The Play, now slated to move to La Jolla Playhouse for the 2013 season.  The company has been making an impact on the Los Angeles theatre scene with an eclectic mix of thought provoking plays, garnering numerous “recommendations” from local critics.  Ruskin’s Fostering Imagination program sponsors foster kids in theatre & film classes that produce several original shows each year.  The CAFÉ PLAYScreated by RGT are produced monthly and are the culmination of writers, actors, and directors who meet at 9am, where they are given a theme.  They then write, produce, and perform a show by 7pm the same day.  When celebrating their 8th anniversary, RGT supporters Ed AsnerDylan McDermottChris MulkeyOlivia d’Abo, and other industry celebrities joined to produce the Best of Café Plays (both shows sold out within hours).  Anthony Hopkins and Anthony Franciosa were some of the first teachers at Ruskin School of Theatre.

PARADISE – A Divine Bluegrass Musical Comedy opens Friday, February 8, 2013 and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm through March 30, 2013.  Ruskin Group Theatre is located at 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405.  Tickets are $25 ($20 for students, seniors, and guild members) and can be purchased in advance by calling (310) 397-3244.  For more information please visit  Free parking is available at the theater.

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