May 20 2011

Uranium Madhouse Actor John Ruby Has the Right “Touch”

Published by at 9:56 pm under Conversation Storm,The House of Cards

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, and The Hollywood Fringe Festival,

For more information and a trailer from the film “Touch,” visit

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


Yolanda Seabourne

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