In an Italian-American section of Brooklyn sits a rundown local bar called The Alamo. The place is fighting to keeps its doors open and welcomes the arrival of young artists wanting to adopt the bar as an entertainment hangout.
However, the aging customers, eight working-class neighbors, don’t want to surrender their bar, much less their neighborhood, to these neo-carpetbaggers.
These are vivid characters who carry scars of the past - from Vietnam to 9/11 - and they are ready to fight for their place in the world.
Says director Kent Thompson, “I love this play, because Ian McRae writes with such passion, compassion, and humor, about a forgotten group of people - blue collar Americans!”
At Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA through March 31. Tickets: 310-397-3244 or www.ruskingrouptheatre.com. Free parking.
Photos by Ed Krieger
Also in my column in the March issue of NOT BORN YESTERDAY.