Who do you carry with you on life's journey? For some, there are those inspirational individuals whose influence alters the very trajectory of our existence. Charles Nelson Reilly was one such luminary. Together, he and Paul Linke crafted Charles's acclaimed solo play, "Save It for the Stage," a production later immortalized on film as "The Life of Reilly!"

Step behind the curtain and join us for "It's Only a Show" – a warm tribute to the legendary Charles Nelson Reilly. Created and performed by Paul Linke, who worked alongside Mr. Reilly for almost a decade as co-author and director of "Save It for the Stage". Together, they took Charles's fantastic life stories around the country, sharing his comic genius with audiences in Florida, California, San Francisco, New York, and his former home state of Connecticut.
Directed by Edward Edwards, this production is more than just a play – it's a journey through laughter, lessons, and the magic of the stage. Paul Linke, known for his roles in "CHiPs," "Judging Amy," and the acclaimed Solo shows Time Flies When You're Alive, an HBO Showcase (Ace Award nominee)," invites you to an evening of heart, humor and the enduring spirit of a true mentor.

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Library Girl Presents: Such a Long, Long Time to Be Gone and a Short Time to Be There
Inspired by the song “Box of Rain” by The Grateful Dead. Curated with Steve Hochman.

Show #168! Featuring music by Thee Holy Brothers (Willie Aron + Marvin Etzioni). Featuring readings by: Paul Body, Mary Camarillo, Jane Cantillon, Cory Cofer, Jonathan Feldman, Steve Hochman, Veronica Jauregui and Melissa Marie Monroe.

Sunday Night, March 10th at 7pm. $20 admission includes free parking + dessert.

Created + Produced by Susan Hayden at Ruskin Group Theatre. Managing Artistic Director: Mike Myers. Production Staff: Nicole Millar + Paul Denk. All Box Office Proceeds Donated to Ruskin Group Theatre.

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“An Extraordinary Ordinary Man"

Written by John Colella / Directed by Michael Matthews

“Be anything but a baker” became the echoing advice
that defined John II’s upbringing. Raised in a tight-knit Italian American family he was well aware,
by age 7, of the leading role he would fill in the generational business that his grandfather built in
1923. Embracing the part, he’s anxious to carry the torch until, in an instant, life changes. As John II
grapples with the legacy of his family’s bakery which is now the cornerstone of their community,
and the unspoken dreams that will shape his life, the young man discovers one of the greatest secrets
in life, transcending far beyond the flour-dusted countertops and aroma of freshly baked bread.

“Confident that I’d found my path early in life, I wanted nothing more than to be just like my father.
What he wanted, was for me be nothing like him,” remembers Colella. “Our family business in
Chicago, Claudio Pastry, was the center of my universe but I wrestled with expectations that came
with that heirloom, especially when I better understood the sacrifices made by the last two
generations and how my dad gave up his own dreams at age of 17 so that we could have a chance to thrive in this country. Most of us would probably prefer to build a future through a nice safe plan, but
it’s the unpredictable moments and unexpected sources that shape our destinies in the most profound
ways." John Colella 

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