The world premiere of Mutiny at Port Chicago, a play about an event 65 years ago known as the worst home front military disaster in U.S. history, will be presented at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, beginning Friday, July 10th through Saturday, August 15th.

A catastrophic explosion at a naval base at Port Chicago on San Francisco’s East Bay July 17th, 1944 killed 320 people and injured 400 more, and everything within a one mile radius was destroyed in a flash. Fifty survivors were imprisoned for mutiny.

The premiere of Mutiny at Port Chicago follows the Ruskin Group Theatre’s recent run of Burn This and Faithful. A world premiere of the John Powers play @HEART was the Ruskin Theatre’s season opener in 2008.

Director Paul Leaf has directed numerous productions, receiving recognition for his work as a screenwriter and producer as well. On Broadway, Leaf has worked with directors Moss Hart and Elia Kazan and Off-Broadway/regionally he has worked with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, NY Shakespeare Festival, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, and Goodspeed Opera.

Producer Mike Myers has produced more than 50 projects since 2002 and he recently directed Faithful.

The Ruskin Group Theatre’s “Fostering Imagination” program sponsors foster kids in theatre and film classes that produce several original shows each year.

Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students, seniors, and guild members) and can be purchased in advance by calling (310) 397-3244.

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Free parking is available at the theater.

The cast includes J. Teddy Garces, Maury Sterling, Josh Drennen, Cris D’Annunzio and Eric Bivens Bush.

The co-producer is Dana Lynn Bennett and the set design is by Christina Silvoso.