Flying Machine Productions is producing the Off-Broadway run, which began previews Feb. 20. Ingrasciotta is the writer and performer of the piece, about a family that emigrates back and forth from Sicily to America. Ted Sod directs.
Author-actor Ingrasciotta, an acting teacher trained in the Meisner technique, developed Ragu at Off-Off Broadway's Dixon Place. He told Playbill.com in 2000 that the show was about "the first-generation child as a go-between two cultures. It should resonate with any ethnic group that's experienced this." Asked how much of the show was autobiographical and how much was fictional, Ingrasciotta replied, "It's 80 percent true, 10 percent my wife's story combined into mine, and 10 percent heightened for drama. Ultimately I'd like it to be a movie; that's the eventual vision."
Show times are Wednesday at 2 and 7:30 PM, Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 and 8 PM and Sunday at 2 and 6 PM.
The Actors' Playhouse is located at 100 Seventh Avenue South in New York's Greenwich Village. For tickets, priced $47.50-$52.50, call (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com.
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