‘A Rose on Ninth’ goes on the road, set for South Philadel­phia show­ing

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA - By El­iz­a­beth Fisher

Ad­vance cor­re­spon­dent

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.

“A Rose on Ninth Street,” di­rected by Dwight Wilkins, is a story of love, be­trayal and the quest for re­demp­tion that re­volves DURunG WKH fiFWLRnDO PRnWHOOR IDPLOy DnG their Ninth Street pro­duce shop. It is an in­tense drama with a moral - the hall­mark of all of Rug­giero’s nov­els. It’s de­but at the BRT just over a year ago was a sell­out and Rug­giero be­lieves calls his work a “bless­ing” that will con­tinue when it airs Oct. 16 at Neu­mann-Goretti High School, 1736 6RuWK 7HnWK 6WUHHW, PKLODGHOSKLD.

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.

7KH SDUWLFLSDWLnJ SDULVKHV DUH: 6W. Philip, St. Nicholas of To­len­tine, An­nun­ci­a­tion BsM, St. Rita’s Shrine, Sa­cred Heart, St. Mon­ica, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Epiphany of Our Lord. The col­lab­o­ra­tion of sev­eral en­ti­ties for one show­ing is called a “plat­form re­lease,” Rug­giero said.

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

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