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BLOOD TYPE: RAGU
A Dash of Comedy… A Pinch of Drama… A Recipe for Everyone!


Written & Performed by

Frank Ingrasciotta

Directed by
Ted Sod

United Solo Award Winner for Best Comedic Actor & Script!

For more info go to our Website: www.bloodtyperagu.com

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BLOOD TYPE: RAGU - PRESS KIT

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Thank you Snug Harbor Cultural Center for a great Staten Island run and thanks for the invite to perform the show again next year.  

Thank you Leftfield and Standing-O Productions for inviting me to perform Blood Type: RAGU for your enthusiastic audiences at the Inserra Theatre in Montvale, NJ


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The rave reviews are in:

Blood Type: RAGU New York Times Review

Blood Type: RAGU Review in Show Business Weekly

Clever and stylish! a fast-paced 90 minutes. Ingrasciotta is a confident and appealing presence!” NY Daily News

“A lot of laughs! Ingrasciotta takes us on an 85-mintute journey exploring the Sicilian immigrant experience. Everyone can relate to this family drama!” Home Tribune News (NJ)

“Very funny! I am happy to report that Mr. Ingrasciotta has all that is needed to embody his always cooking, long suffering mama and his always “King of the House” construction working papa, his uncle, his neighbors (with hilarious nick names) and everyone else involved in his interesting Italian-American life.”       Talk Entertainment.com

“Ingrasciotta's ability to spin a comic tale is deft.  The star's portraits of his mom, dad and a host of other characters are beautifully rendered and often quite funny; he can change his accent, timbre of voice, and physical bearing within the blink of an eye.  A dramatic coming-of-age piece that will speak to ALL audiences!”   Theatermania.com

“Ingrasciotta's ability to spin a comic tale is deft. A dramatic coming-of-age piece that will speak to all audiences!” Theatermania.com

Frank Ingrasciotta embodies multiple characters from his life as the son of Sicilian immigrants to Brooklyn, his voices and impersonations – male and female, young and old, American and Italian – are distinct and flavorful, and he moves well on stage.  His chronological narrative is frequently amusing.”      Backstage (The Actor’s Resource)


Blood Type: RAGU

Actor/Playwright Frank Ingrasciotta gives a tour de force one-man performance in this funny & tender coming-of-age story exploring the first-generation American's delicate dance between culture and identity!  Come meet the more than 20 characters who live, love and laugh as they struggle to thrive in a new culture.  It’s a fast-paced journey that is not just a comedy, not just a drama.  It’s family – and we all have one!  Blood Type: RAGU’s universal themes entertained audiences during its critically-acclaimed off-Broadway run last year at the historic Actors Playhouse.  Its premiere run at the Belmont Playhouse broke records becoming the longest running show in the theatre’s ten year history.  It continued to perform at the George Street Playhouse (NJ), Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC), Playhouse on the Green (CT), Authors Playhouse (LI), 14th Street Playhouse in Atlanta, the Dante Hall Theatre in Atlantic City as well as numerous performing arts centers in the tri-state area. The show also performed as the opening act for legendary singer Al Martino.

RADIO APPEARANCES
: Valerie Smaldone's New York WOR-AM, Joey Reynolds Show, Tisha Bader’s Curtain Call, John La Barca's House Party & “Soprano’s Big Pussy” Vinnie Pastore's WISEGUYS Show on Sirius Satellite.

TV APPEARANCES: FOX News, CUNY-TV's ITALICS & the DOLCE Channel

BOOKS:  Featured in Prof. Fred Gardaphe's From Wiseguys to Wisemen: The Gangster and Italian-American Masulinities

ENDORSEMENTS: The Calandra Institute for trascending stereotypes and speaking from an authentic Italian-American voice.


A FEW (OF MANY) AUDIENCE TESTIMONIALS LEFT ON BLOOD TYPE: RAGU’S WEBSITE:

Frank, I just got home after seeing your show for the second time.  I have seen one man and one women shows before but yours is fabulous.  I am the daughter of Irish immigrants and I could still strongly identify.   Thank-you again for sharing your GREAT TALENT.  Your play was funny and at times struck a cord in me that children of Immigrants could identify with.   Betty

Frank, your play is awesome and hysterical!  We had a group of about six people there and we laughed so hard the whole night that our eyes were tearing.  We totally identifying with every little thing you recounted growing up with the same italian words, phrases, memories, stories, experiences, etc!  Your method of comedy and storytelling is purely right on!  I’m coming back to see it again…  Anthony

The beauty of Blood Type: Ragu lies in it’s universality, you don’t have to be Italian to enjoy, understand and feel what you are saying here.  I’m passing the word to everyone I know.  Thank you SO MUCH for a wonderful time…even the tears were good.  Loretta

I totally dug Blood Type: Ragu!  Fantastic one man show.  I'm Russian Jewish, but let me tell you, there's not all that much of a difference between us and the Italian immigrants.  We love food and making people feel guilty, just with different accents. Frank Ingrasciotta bounces skillfully between poignant and hilarious, capturing all those moments of family life that usually remain tucked behind closed doors.  You thought no one could understand you, your crazy mother, your insane father, and your laconic siblings?  Frank does, and he captures them with such honesty that you might wince a bit between your tears, be they from laughter, longing, or any other number of emotions that will come swirling up as he recollects his life, from childhood to marriage.  Life, love, tears and family cross all nationalities.  Go see Blood Type: Ragu...trust me, you'll understand.  Irene

BIO

Frank Ingrasciotta (Writer/Performer) s the writer/performer of the critically acclaimed production of Blood Type: RAGU which recently concluded its Off-Broadway run at the historic Actors’ Playhouse.  As a teenager, he served as stage manager for the original Off-Broadway production of Godspell at the Cherry Lane and Promenade Theatres.  His New York stage credits include: Valley of the Dolls, Three Postcards, Dinner at 8, Edgar Degas inThe Girl in the Blue Armchair and the Pharaoh in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Lincoln Center.  TV credits include: recurring roles on The Guiding Light, One Life to Live and The Equalizer.  Directing credits include: Three years as writer & producer for the NY Cable Follies, a live musical satire of the year’s events in the cable industry, performing to TV network CEOs and executives.  Regionally & in NYC, he has directed cabarets, corporate shows and productions of Neil Berg’s musical The Life & Times of Fiona Gander, A Day in Hollywood, Prince & the Pauper, Grease, Chicago, Sondheim Tonight, Once on This Island & Fascinating Gershwin.  For the NYC Fire Department, he directed & choreographed firefighters in a benefit production of Guys & Dolls receiving media coverage & raising over $20,000 for the NY Burn Center. As an arts educator, Frank is an advocate in utilizing the arts as a teaching tool across the school curriculum.  He conducts writing & acting workshops with students of all ages and teaches acting at SUNY Purchase.  He also studied the Meisner acting technique with William Esper and holds a Theatre Arts‑in‑Education degree from SUNY Empire State College.  Frank was recently recognized with the Arts Award by the Westchester Arts Council for his outstanding achievement as performing artist and educator for the County. The award recognizes individuals whose vision, commitment and leadership enrich Westchester.

Flying Machine Productions (Andrew Levine - Original Off-Broadway Producer)  FMP served as the original Off-Broadway producers of Blood Type: RAGU.  Other credits: associate producers of Carousel at the Savoy in London. David Mamet’s Speed the Plow, at the Barrymore Theater on Broadway.  FMP also served as executive producers for the dada-inspired musical sensation, The Blue Flower, by Jim and Ruth Bauer. First presented in New York at the West End Theatre as part of Prospect Theater’s 2008 season, FMP is currently partnering with composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz to bring this innovative piece to audiences around the world.  Other credits: nymf: Virtuosa, by Diane Seymour, about the remarkable child prodigy, pianist and composer, Clara Schumann, who played a pivotal role in the 19th century musical world.

 

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