Frank Sinatra fawned over him. Warren Zevon wrote a tribute song.¬† Sylvester Stallone produced his life story as a movie of the week. In the 1980s, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini¬†wasn’t¬†merely the lightweight champ‚Äîhis adoring public considered him a national hero, the real Rocky.
SIDDOWN!!! Conversations with the Mob¬†by¬†Sam Henry Kass,¬†includes three short plays¬†that take audiences into the world of mob related activities. Ray Mancini and son Leo join the stellar cast of the critically acclaimed SIDDOWN!!!, shedding light on the brutality, the absurdity, and the hysterical.
“What’s it all mean, hah?” A mob collector/enforcer down on his luck tries desperately to procure one last favor from an old “friend.”
“Lefty & Squinty” Two wise guys attend a courtroom sentencing, in support of a fellow mobster. While waiting for the jury to hand down its sentence, they ruminate about life, love, death, & cartoons…
“Dice & Cards” An older mobster tries to educate a young upstart, in the ways of mob after-hours etiquette.¬†Sal does his best to “school” young Richie in the ways of the world, to little avail.
SIDDOWN!!!¬†Conversations with the Mob opens¬†Friday, December 7th¬†with a reception to follow.¬†Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm through December 23, 2012.¬†Ruskin Group Theatre¬†is located at 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405.¬†Tickets $20 ($15 for students, seniors, and guild members),¬†(310) 397-3244.¬†For more information please visit¬†www.ruskingrouptheatre.com.¬†Free parking is available at the theater.