Uranium Madhouse Actor John Ruby Has the Right “Touch”

John RubyUranium Madhouse actor John Ruby stars in “Touch,” an independent feature film written and directed by Minh Duc Nguyen, and produced by Mellissa Tong. “Touch” had its world premiere at the Boston International Film Festival on April 23rd, 2011 where it garnered multiple awards. “Touch” will receive its West Coast premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival this weekend. In the film, John plays a shy mechanic whose wife refuses intimacy with him because his hands are always stained with oil. When he visits a local nail salon, he is mentored by a young Vietnamese woman on how to win back his wife’s affections. The mechanic succeeds with his wife, but not without the friendship at the nail salon growing in intimacy as well.

Hollywood Fringe audiences will see Ruby in the short play, “Conversation Storm.” The play, by Obie Award-wining playwright Rick Burkhardt, will be one half of a double bill that will be the debut production by Uranium Madhouse. Also presented on the same bill will be Charles Mee’s “The House of Cards.” Both plays are directed by Uranium Madhouse Founding Artistic Director Andrew Utter.

Awarded “Best New Play” at the 2007 San Francisco Fringe Festival, the Uranium Madhouse production will be the Los Angeles premier of “Conversation Storm.” Of the play, Utter says “this is the ideal piece with which to introduce ourselves to the Los Angeles community, in that it simultaneously interrogates urgent political matters, the limits of friendship and the theatrical situation itself.”

Joining John Ruby in the cast of “Conversation Storm” are Jeff Dinnell and Steve Robertson.

“Conversation Storm/The House of Cards” will be performed at the El Centro Theater in Hollywood, 804 N. El Centro Ave. Hollywood, CA 90038.

Dates of performance are:
June 10, June 11
June 16, 17, 18
June 23, 24 and 25.

All performances are at 8 pm. There will be a preview performance on Thursday, June 9.

Tickets are $18 and available through both Brown Paper Tickets, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/171485 and The Hollywood Fringe Festival, http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/502.

For more information and a trailer from the film “Touch,” visit http://www.touchthemovie.com/.

For more information about Uranium Madhouse, company bios and the company’s mission statement, visit www.uraniummadhouse.org.


Yolanda Seabourne


The Casts of Conversation Storm and The House of Cards: Meet the Madhouse’s newest denizens

We have emerged from our two week casting process with a trio of actors for Conversation Storm that I am incredibly excited about. Here they are:

Jeff DinnellJeff Dinnell (Alec)

Jeff Dinnell is a transplant from Santa Cruz, California, where he was a fixture of the local stage and television scene. For five years he hosted a live half-hour talk show covering the local arts. Favorite stage roles include DEFENDANT in David Mamet’s ROMANCE and TOM in Adam Bock’s FIVE FLIGHTS

Steve Robertson (Godfrey)

Steve Robertson is from St. Louis, Missouri and a graduate of the theater department at
the University of Missouri in Columbia. Some stage work includes the role of Jerry in
Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story and Vice Principal Panch in 25th Annual Putnam County
Spelling Bee
. He is thrilled to be working with the talented people of Uranium Madhouse.

John Ruby (Hugh)

John Ruby is from Pewaukee, Wisconsin and is a graduate of Northwestern University. His film credits include You, Me and Dupree, Ricky,and Touch. He has also made appearances on the television shows The Event, Cougar Town, and Perfect Couples. His theater credits include The Sting and Heaven Can Wait. www.johnruby.com

A big Uranium Madhouse welcome to all!

Jeff and John join my longtime student Yolanda Seabourne, who is the sole actor in Charles Mee’s The House of Cards, which will play on a double bill with Conversation Storm.

Yolanda SeabourneYolanda Seabourne

By day, Yolanda watches funny home videos from a show you grew up watching. By night, she watches plays and studies acting with Andrew Utter. When actually acting and not watching, Yolanda has appeared in productions of Hay Fever, The Bald Soprano, and The House of Bernarda Alba.

Uranium Madhouse’s Fantastic Four will ROCK YOU, this June, at Hollywood’s El Centro theater. Brace yourself! RAWRRRR!