Theatre Exile presents the world premiere of Rizzo by Bruce Graham, based on the best selling book Rizzo: The Last Big Man in Big City America by Sal Paolantonio (published by Camino Books, Inc). Graham brings one of the most divisive figures in Philadelphia’s history to the stage October 15 through November 8, 2015 (Opening Night October 21, 2015) at Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 N American Street).
From beat cop, to Police Commissioner to Mayor of Philadelphia, this anticipated production explores the life of Frank Rizzo as he prepares for his 1991 mayoral campaign. As we jump through time and place Rizzo’sShakespearian complexity and unfiltered opinion brings to light what made this “larger than life” man both revered and reviled by so many. Founding Artistic Director Joe Canuso will direct, with Barrymore Award-winning actor Scott Greer playing the role of Rizzo.
Rizzo is Theatre Exile’s first commissioned play for development, made possible with funding from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts. Show times vary by day. Tickets are $10-40 and available by calling (215) 218-4022 and visiting www.theatreexile.org.