"A liFe behind bars" returning to pittsburgh AT Carnegie stage

Dan Ruth is an Actor, Writer, Director and Performance Artist who has called New York City his home since 1993.  After years of working in the New York City restaurant/bar industry, Mr. Ruth has returned to his performance career with the autobiographical A Life Behind Bars, his latest biting & funny original solo work.  Ruth is bringing A Life Behind Bars back to the Steel City after three sell-out performances at Carnegie Stage in February of 2019 and a sell-out performance at City Winery in New York City in April.

A Life Behind Bars is a dark roller coaster comedy bar crawl. Through gritty storytelling, Ruth shares dark comic monologues, interwoven with characters he's encountered while working and drinking in the bars and dives of pre-Rudy Giuliani NYC. A Life Behind Bars is directed by Bistro Award and multi-MAC Award winning performer-producer-director, Tanya Moberly. A Life Behind Bars will be presented at City Winery 155 Varick Street, NYC on April 1st at 8PM (ticket link in navigation bar).

In January of 2018, he made his Los Angeles debut with A Life Behind Bars in association with the Whitefire Theatre SoloFest 2018 in Sherman Oaks. In June, he performed at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival at the Lounge Theatre on Santa Monica Blvd. In July, he returned to Los Angeles once again where he was honored with a HFF Producers Encore Award. In May, he captured the 2018 MAC Award for ‘Best Spoken Word Artist’ at B.B. King’s in New York City’s Time Square. Earlier in March, Ruth was honored with the 2018 Bistro Award for outstanding ‘Solo Play’ at The Gotham Comedy Club and later, was honored with the 2018 Martha Hill Newell Playwright Fund Award.

Dan has performed throughout New York City at The Courtyard Playhouse, The Hamlet of Bank Street, The West Bank Café (Laurie Beechman), The Duplex and Don’t Tell Mama, where he performed with long-time colleague Tanya Moberly in Fresh Brewed.  Dan served as core Director for multiple installations of The A-Train Plays at the Sanford Meisner Theatre and as both Director and Performer for the queer comedy troupe Planet Q, with their productions of Yabba Dabba Q and The History of the World Part Q. Original solo shows include White Noise and Once a Catholic at The Duplex, where he also staged a radio Foley-drama entitled Lights Out, based on the work of horror radio master, Arch Oboler.  Regionally, Dan has starred in productions of Brooklyn Boy, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Laughing Wild and Sex Drugs Rock & Roll.  Mr. Ruth is a member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA and he holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Dan is the Artistic Director of LAstageNY Theatre Company in New York City.

Not only is Dan’s show hilarious and astute in its witnessing of the evolution of NYC, it is a master class in the art of the creation and execution of multiple characterization solo plays. Go!
— David Drake (Obie Award-winning Actor & Writer "The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me")