JASON ALEXANDER DIRECTS IAN MCRAE'S NEW PLAY
An all-star cast includes Dann Florek, Gina Hecht, Lee Garlington, and Maury Sterling.
“Hilarious comedy...ending in a beautifully heartfelt way. Riveting ensemble, the takeaway will resonate long after play's end”- Stage and Cinema
Life is changing for Frank and Stella. On the day of Frank's retirement party, this once loving and simple couple find themselves pulled in different directions as the winds of change blow through Joy, Illinois. The world is not what it was. Joy is not what it was. Stella is shaken, but inspired, by her best friend becoming a liberated, sexualized, independent woman, while Frank decides to emulate his doomsday prepper friend by building an underground bunker that once was the family swimming pool. It's as if all of them are riding the Joy Wheel, hanging on to someone else so they can stay their ground.
“A Laugh a Minute. McRae has penned a raucous, sexy, and hysterical comedy which will entertain and delight…”- LA Splash
“While The Joy Wheel is fun and funny, it is also about people who find themselves losing connection and confidence in the lives they have built,” says director Jason Alexander. “They desperately reach out to find something that helps them feel safe and secure. It feels like a reflection of what so many people are experiencing in these divisive, uncivil times. I very much wanted to be part of the journey that these characters take in finding something better. Ian has written a beautiful play and I'm thrilled to be a part of its world premiere.”
Jason Alexander directed the Los Angeles premiere of The God of Hell at Geffen Playhouse, Native Gardens at Pasadena Playhouse, Broadway Bound at Odyssey Theatre, and the world premiere of Windfall at Arkansas Rep. His feature film directing credits include, “For Better Or Worse” and “Just Looking.” Jason won a Country Music Award for his direction of Brad Paisley's “Online” video. TV directing credits include: Seinfeld, Criminal Minds, Everybody Hates Chris and Mike and Molly. He served as the artistic director of Reprise where he directed Damn Yankees, Fantasticks and Sunday in the Park. When not directing, he has occasionally tried acting.
Ruskin Group Theatre launched the World Premiere of Rex Pickett's Sideways The Play, picked up by La Jolla Playhouse and now slated for New York, as well as the project Paradise, A Bluegrass Musical Comedy. Ruskin's Healing Through The Arts program brings their actors into Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, where they are working with the Chase Child Life Program, to work with and entertain the patients. The CAFÉ PLAYS, created by RGT, are produced and now celebrating their 12th anniversary. RGT supporters Dylan McDermott, Ed Asner, Chris Mulkey, Olivia d'Abo, and other industry celebrities joined to produce the Best of Café Plays (both shows sold out within hours) for their 10th season. Anthony Hopkins, David Mamet, and Ed O'Neill are just some of the noted guests to have taught Master classes at the Ruskin.
Ensemble: *Dann Florek, *Gina Hecht, *Lee Garlington, and Maury Sterling
The Joy Wheel runs Thursdays - Saturday at 8pm, Sundays 2pm through March 31, 2019 (no performance on Thursday, March 28). Ruskin Group Theatre is located at 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Tickets are $30 - $35 and can be purchased in advance by calling (310) 397-3244 or online at www.ruskingrouptheatre.com. Free parking available on site.