Penned and performed by Ingrasciotta, the solo play began performances Off-Broadway Feb. 20 and officially opened at the Actors' Playhouse March 5 under the direction of Ted Sod. Following the final matinee performance on April 5, Blood Type: Ragu will have played 14 previews and 30 regular performances.
Author-actor Ingrasciotta, an acting teacher trained in the Meisner technique, developed Ragu at Off-Off Broadway's Dixon Place. He previously 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."
Prior to its Off-Broadway run, Ragu was presented at Dixon Place, HERE, Manhattan Theatre Source, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Manhattan Repertory, Authors Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, among others.
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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