Soapdom is delighted to share the latest endeavor of talented actor, director, producer, James Reynolds( Abe, Days of our Lives) as he directs his son Jed Reynolds in Ravensridge. Let's set the stage...
Jed Reynolds, Emily Adams
Photo credit: Mieke Kramer
It’s Russia, 1992, about two years into the life of the new democratic society. The old style police state is gone, replaced by a new, home-grown form of uncontrolled capitalism. The strong can still crush the weak underfoot, but the strong are the rich instead of the State.
Will Torrey is an American steelworker and an officer of his striking labor union. He has come to Russia to confront Richard Miller, the real owner of the steel mill in Ravensridge, West Virginia. Miller is a financial criminal and a fugitive from American justice who is now protected by the richest man in the new ownership class in Russia.
Pursuing Miller, Will has accidentally killed a Russian security guard, and so now languishes in a Moscow prison, where he is grilled by a Major in the MVD (local law enforcement). Viktor, the Major, has discretion over the ultimate fate of Will, who may face up to thirty years in a Russian prison. The meantime, Lilly, Will’s beautiful American companion, is being shadowed by cop Mikhail, who fancies her.
Miller can make Will’s nightmare of incarceration go away….if Will sells his union brothers and sisters back in Ravensridge down the river and betrays everything his life has stood for.
What will he do?
This story is inspired by real events.
The playwright is T.S. Cook, who was nominated for an Oscar® and a Golden Globe® as the co-writer of the screenplay for “The China Syndrome.” He has also had a busy career as a producer and writer for television, including series like “Baretta” and “Airwolf” and movies for TV including co-writing the teleplays for prestige fare like “The Tuskegee Airmen” and the remake of “High Noon.”
Directing is James Reynolds best known for his Emmy-nominated role of over 20 years as Abe Carver on “Days of Our Lives.” Reynolds owns and operates the Fremont Centre Theatre with his wife Lissa. His recent credits there include directing the long-running hits “National Pastime” and “The Tangled Snarl/Murder Me Once,” as well as starring in his solo play surveying Black history, “I, Too, Am America.”
The stars of “Ravensridge” include Jed Reynolds and Vaughn Armstrong. Jed, the son of Abe and Lissa Reynolds, starred as Jackie Robinson in “National Pastime.” Vaughn recently starred at Fremont Centre Theatre in the hit play “Joanna’s Husband and David’s Wife.” He also enjoys a nationwide legion of devoted fans from his many appearances on various “Star Trek” TV shows, particularly the “Enterprise” series, where he played Commodore Forrest. The cast also includes Robert Trebor, Emily Adams, John Sklaroff and Kim Story.
T.S. Cook knows his way around a political drama, and “Ravensridge” may be one of the most eagerly anticipated plays of 2008.
Ravensridge, written by T.S. Cook
Directed by James Reynolds
Executive producers: Lissa and James Reynolds in association with the California Performing Arts Center
Produced by Lissa Reynolds and Emily Button
Casting by Fran Bascom, C.S.A.
Set design: Victoria Profitt
Lighting design: Carol Doehring
Costume design: Lois Tedrow.
Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Avenue (at El Centro), South Pasadena, CA 91030. Abundant free parking behind theatre.
Previews February 22.
Opens Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 8 p.m.
Runs through Sunday, March 30.
Show times: Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3.
Students and seniors, $20.
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