In the blue collar Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn sits a rundown neighborhood institution called The Alamo – the last great American bar. Today, with an aging clientele, the place is fighting to keep its doors open and the only hope seems to be the arrival of artist and gentrifiers moving into the neighborhood and wanting to adopt the bar as an entertainment hangout. But Bay Ridge locals and The Alamo regulars don’t want to surrender their bar, much less their neighborhood, to these young neo-carpetbaggers.
“The Alamo” paints a humorous and dramatic portrait of eight working-class Bay Ridge natives who always seem to find themselves on the front lines of change in America.
As the play’s director Kent Thompson explains: “The Alamo is an authentic and touching portrayal of an Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn. It features vivid characters whose lives haven’t turned out quite the way that they had hoped. Each of them carries scars of the past (from Vietnam to 9/11, and choices long gone) as they fight for their place in a world under the assault of millennial gentrification. Ian McRae writes with such passion, humor, and compassion about a forgotten group of people—blue collar Americans.”
Ian McRae’s plays have been produced in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, and New York. “The Alamo” was inspired by an op-ed piece called “The Hard Lessons Of Iraq” by David Ignatius, published in The Washington Post on the tenth anniversary of the invasion.
The ensemble cast includes Bobby Costanzo (Joey), Eileen Galindo (Carmen), Nancy Georgini (Claudine), Milica Govich (Mary), Julia Arian (Micaela/Alternate), Kelsey Griswold (Micaela /Alternate), John Lacy (Dominic), Jack Merrill (Tick), and Tim True (Munce).
Ruskin Group Theatre
Runs: Fridays – Saturday at 8pm, Sundays 2pm through April 29, 2018.
Location: 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Tickets: are $27 – $30 and can be purchased in advance by calling (310) 397-3244 or online here.
Free parking available on site.