‘A Rose on Ninth’ goes on the road, set for South Philadelphia showing
BRISTOL TOWNSHIP - A movie based on a book written by a Bristol Township residents is ready to go on the road - again.
The newly edited “A Rose on Ninth Street” will have a run in South Philadelphia, where the story by Joseph Ruggiero is set. But the author-turned-producer is aiming for a showing closer to home, perhaps at a local high school or, once again, at the Bristol Riverside Theatre.
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Eight Philadelphia parishes are collaborating in the showing. A banquet/show will also be held at cinnegan’s Wake in the city. Ruggiero said he is excited about the response to “Rose.”
“This will be a fundraiser as well as a show. Parishes will receive $10 off the $20 admission for each ticket sold,” he said.
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Several parishes in Bucks have expressed an interest in participating in a platform release so Ruggiero is looking for a local venue. Some of the scenes look familiar to Lower Bucks residents beFDuVH, EHVLGHV WKH FLWy, VRPH fiOPLnJ WRRN place at St. Ann Church and Mignoni’s Jewelry, both in Bristol Borough.
The book, “A Rose on Ninth Street,” published in 2002, is set in the 19R0s, but the movie is set in current times. Ruggiero is a retired psychotherapist who founded and ran Self Help Movement, an inpatient addiction treatment center in Northeast Philadelphia. He believes in the healing SRwHU RI GUDPD DnG fiFWLRn, DnG GLUHFWHG his clients in 41 dramas and plays, many of which he authored.
$ SUROLfiF wULWHU, 5uJJLHUR SHnnHG WwR other novels, “Ragabooty” and “The Crystal Umbrella.” He’s also casting a wide net for “A Rose on Ninth Street.”
“We look forward to showing the movie locally,” he said. “We’re also looking into sites in New Jersey and, perhaps one day, taking it to Ireland.”
Joe Ruggiero - Writer and Executive Producer