RAISE ME UP, featuring actors Ben Feuer and Marla Adams, was written by Lisa Phillips Visca as a tribute to her parents.

RAISE ME UP, featuring actors Ben Feuer and Marla Adams, was written by Lisa Phillips Visca as a tribute to her parents.

The Santa Monica Playhouse is presenting Lisa Phillips Visca’s Raise Me Up through May 19.
Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays at the playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica.
Raise Me Up is based on a true story about a “moonstruck” couple’s forbidden love, the hilarity and drama from their deeply passionate Italian-Greek families, and how they spent their last day on Earth together. Phillips Visca wrote the play as a tribute to her parents, Louis and Daphne Padula, hoping to capture their eternal passion and the surreal ending to their classic love story.
Set in Staten Island, NY in the early 1950s, Raise Me Up reflects the post-war optimism of the younger generation of the era, and the hope in the air for better times. At the same time, the story tells of how the older generation and parents are still anchored in the traditional ethnic, nationalistic, economic, and religious divisions, a playhouse spokesperson said.
The play is directed by
Chris DeCarlo.
The cast features Marla Adams, John Del Regno, Serena Dolinsky, Ben Feuer, Mitch Lerner, Michael Marinaccio, Lenora May, Stuart Pankin, Evelyn Rudie and Joey Shea.
Tickets are $25 for general admission; $22.50 for students, teachers, seniors and members of the military; $17.50 for groups of eight or more; and $15 for ages 12 and under.
For reservations, http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com, (310) 394-9779 ext 1.

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