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A Distant Memory Opens at Ruskin: one-woman show recounts recovery from devastating accident

A Distant Memory, Jennifer Field’s one-woman autobiographical account of her  recovery from a devastating car accident at 17, will be performed on four Sundays, beginning October 30 at Ruskin Group Theatre.

The workshop production is the second in Ruskin’s “Something New @ 2” series that showcases new works.

The great-great-granddaughter of Marshall Field, founder of the Marshall Field department store chain, Jennifer Field was a nationally recognized and award-winning competitive show jumper at the time of the accident. Her play takes the audience along on her journey to achieve physical independence. Ignoring her doctors’ grim prognosis, aided by her mother, she combed the globe in search of treatments that would help her regain her life.

Field, who graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in art history from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, is currently a second-year Meisner technique acting student at the Ruskin School of Acting and is also an accomplished painter.

A Distant Memory was directed by Michael Laurie, who has toured extensively as a stand-up comedian, has appeared as an actor in numerous productions in New York and Los Angeles, and is currently appearing with the Globe of America aboard the Queen Mary in The Fir Tree. A teacher at the Ruskin School of Acting, he has performed in a number of Ruskin Group Theatre productions and directed Collected Stories.

The Ruskin Group Theatre, founded in 2002, not only produces plays, it has done extensive outreach, teaching and performing in correctional facilities, boys’ homes, nursing homes and more throughout Southern California.

Performances of A Distant Memory  are at 2 p.m. Sunday, October  30 and November 6, 13 and 20 at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Avenue at Santa Monica Airport.Tickets  are $10. Call (310) 397-3244 or go to http://www.ruskingrouptheatre.com.

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