Directed byTED SOD
ABOUT THE SHOW
Blood Type: RAGU is a hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age story. A one-man play exploring a first-generation immigrant child’s delicate dance between searching for identity, embracing culture, and understanding forgiveness. Writer/Performer Frank Ingrasciotta gives a tour-de-force portrayal of over 20 characters who live, love and laugh, in this fast-paced journey that is not just a comedy, not just a drama — It’s family — and we all have one! The show delighted audiences Off-Broadway at the Actors’ Playhouse in NYC receiving a glowing New York Times review. Since its Off-Broadway run Blood Type: RAGU has performed over 1,000 performances nationally and internationally. The show was originally produced by the Belmont Playhouse, then Off-Broadway by Andrew Levine of Flying Machine Productions, at the Sheas Performing Arts Center by Albert Nocciolino NEC Entertainment and is now working with Bon Vivant Enterprises. AWARDS and RECOGNITION Movie Play International Film Festival (London) - BEST STAGE PLAY 8 & Halfilm Awards (Rome) / Rome Movie Awards / Hollywood Gold Awards - BEST ACTOR New York International Film Awards / Best Actor Director Awards - BEST MONOLOGUE Fox International Film Festival (London), Madonie Film Festival (Sicily) - HONORABLE MENTION Off-Broadway United Solo Awards - BEST of SOLO SERIES / BEST COMIC ACTOR / BEST COMEDIC SCRIPT Westchester Council Arts Award - OUTSTANDING ARTIST Sons of Italy Recognition Award New York State Capital Legislator House Floor Citation by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Chronicled and analyzed in Prof. Fred Gardaphe’s book, From Wiseguys to Wisemen: The Gangster and Italian-American Masculinities. SOME OF THE MANY RAVE REVIEWS for BLOOD TYPE: RAGU
"A garrulous and enlightening production with a lasting rewarding flavor!" - New York Times
"Clever & Stylish. A fast-paced 90-minutes. Ingrasciotta is a confident and appealing presence" - New York Daily News
"Frank is an ingratiating performer with sufficient wit to make the show truly universal" - New York Post
"Transcending stereotypes, Ingrasciotta is a master of comedic and dramatic balance" - Show Business Weekly "Ingrasciotta gives a flawless, precisely timed performance while playing a host of characters" - Canadian Broadcasting Corp. I must say Mr. Ingrasciotta is a master of his craft, and he just can’t help but be brilliant. - 5 Star Critic's Choice - AllAboutSOLO.com BIO
FRANK INGRASCIOTTA (writer/performer) Acting: Original Off-Broadway production of Godspell, Valley of the Dolls, Three Postcards, What Would Nora Ephron Say?, Dinner at 8, Edgar Degas in The Girl in the Blue Armchair, and the Pharaoh in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Lincoln Center. TV: Five years as Rene Buchanan’s head maître d’ on One Life to Live, other recurring roles on The Guiding Light, All My Children, ABC Afterschool Specials, and The Equalizer. Film: Featured roles in the award-winning SAG films Figs for Italo and Brooklyn in July directed by Bob Celli, presently touring the film festival circuit. Directing: Three years as writer & producer for the NY Cable Follies, a live musical satire of the year's events in the cable industry, performing to TV network CEOs and executives. Regionally and in NYC, Frank has directed numerous cabarets, corporate shows and theatre productions. Among them: Neil Berg’s musical The Life & Times of Fiona Gander, Miss Saigon, Chicago, West Side Story, Rumors, You Can’t Take It With You, Ordinary People, 12 Angry Men, and Lend Me a Tenor. For the NYC Fire Department, he directed and choreographed firefighters in a benefit production of Guys & Dolls receiving media coverage & raising over $20,000 for the NY Burn Center. As an arts educator, he conducts workshops in acting, and creative writing with incarcerated adults and students of all ages. Frank is an advocate in utilizing the arts as a teaching tool across the school curriculum. He holds a Theatre Arts‑in‑Education degree from SUNY Empire State College, and studied the Meisner acting technique with William Esper.