" . . . with Ruskin's versatility, innate affability, and easy delivery, the essence of Paine emerges." Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2013.Actor Ian Ruskin will appear as the inspirational Revolutionary War figure Thomas Paine in an upcoming Bend performance.
Ruskin will perform his one-person show, "To Begin the World Over Again; the Life of Thomas Paine" on Saturday evening, Feb. 15, at 7 P.M. at the Tower Theatre. This event will be a fundraiser for the League of Women Voters of Oregon Educational Fund. Tickets are priced at $19.75 for adults and $14.25 for seniors and students.
Ian Ruskin trained at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and acted in classical and contemporary productions before arriving in Los Angeles in 1985, where he achieved steady work in television in such shows as "Murder She Wrote," "X-Files," "Scarecrow and Mrs. King," and "MacGyver." He would usually play the part of the "intelligent bad guy."
All through this time he kept his intention alive to work in plays that would "move audiences and give them something to reflect on as they went home."
Bend audiences will experience first hand the dedication, passion, intelligence, and humor with which Ian Ruskin invests his plays, and the timeliness of the Thomas Paine piece will not be overlooked, scheduled as it is on Presidents' Day weekend. (John Adams said, "Without the pen of the author of 'Common Sense,' the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.")