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EXTENDED! RAISE ME UP – a true true-love story

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“100% SWEET!” (Bitter Lemons). And the raves keep coming. It’s Lisa Phillips Visca’s critically acclaimed romantic comedy - a true story about a “moonstruck” couple’s forbidden love and the hilarity and drama from their deeply passionate Italian-Greek families – EXTENDED for three weeks only. You’ll laugh…You’ll cry…You’ll never forget this spellbinding true true-love story, “As timeless as romance itself.” (LA Weekly) Do you believe in love at first sight? Soul mates?
Eternal love? When the final curtain falls, you’ll believe. “Highly Recommended!” exclaims reviewplays.com. “An exceptional cast and outstanding production!” raves American Radio Network. “A must see!” hails Beverly Hills Publishing. Critical acclaim is echoed by mega-celebrities Martin Short (“An unforgettable love story with humor and heart!”) and Betty White (“A poetic, witty true love story that sweets you away with its passion! The cast shines!”)

Come to Staten Island circa 1950, where Daphne Theofanous and Louis Padula meet, fall in love, and struggle to balance their love of family, and each other, fighting against the older generation and parents still anchored in traditional ethnic, nationalistic, economic and religious divisions – divisions that mirror the uncertainty of today’s political and economic times where the younger generation, more than sixty years later, is still fighting to fulfill their dreams, and to share their lives with a partner of their own choosing. “Raise Me Up will lift your spirits and touch your soul. I know it touched mine,” says Tolucan Times. We know it will touch yours, too.

Written by Lisa Phillips Visca (Sophia; Turning Thirty & More than a Pretty Face; Climax) and helmed by internationally acclaimed director Chris DeCarlo (Arnold Schulman’s Sleeping Ugly; Jerry Mayer’s Aspirin & Elephants; Robert B Parker and Stephen King’s RAGE), RAISE ME UP features stage and screen personalities Marla Adams (The Young and the Restless), John Del Regno (Joan of Arcadia), Serena Dolinsky (Love in Bloom), Ben Feuer (Murder by the Book), Mitch Lerner (40 Days and Nights), Michael Marinaccio (Tony ’n’ Tina’s Wedding), Lenora May (Confessions of a Shopaholic; Mistresses on ABC, Scandal), Stuart Pankin (Not Necessarily the News; Fatal Attraction; The Artist; Desperate Housewives), Evelyn Rudie (Funny, You Don’t Look Like A Grandmother), and Joey Shea (One Life to Live).

Santa Monica Playhouse is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission and by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission.

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