Blood Type: Ragu to Reopen Actors' Playhouse in February

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Blood Type: Ragu, the one-man show penned and performed by Frank Ingrasciotta, will be the first production to play the Actors' Playhouse since filmmaker Lawrence Page bought the venue last year.
Frank Ingrasciotta
Frank Ingrasciotta

Performances of Ragu are scheduled to begin Feb. 20 with an official opening March 5, according to Variety. Flying Machine Productions is producing the Off-Broadway run. Ingrasciotta is the writer and performer of the piece, about a family that emigrates back and forth from Sicily to America.

Author-actor Ingrasciotta, an acting teacher trained in the Meisner technique, developed Ragu at Off-Off Broadway's Dixon Place. He told in 2000 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 will be 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

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