From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks
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Ian Ruskin Producer, Writer and Actor

Ian has worked extensively in theatre, television, and film, in England and Los Angeles. His life-long interest in social justice led him to found The Harry Bridges Project in 2000. He has gone on to produce, write, and narrate two radio documentaries and the one-man play From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks that premiered at the University of Washington Summer Arts Festival in 2001. He has subsequently performed the play over 200 times. In 2003 he completed a one-man play From Piers to Plantations about the ILWU in Hawai’i, and in 2004 Harry and John, a two-man play about the relationship between Harry Bridges and John L. Lewis. He has produced four documentary films including, in association with Suzanne Thompson, the film version of From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks, directed and shot by Haskell Wexler. It has aired nationwide on PBS for the past three years, making the film available to 150 million Americans. His latest play To Begin the World Over Again; the Life of Thomas Paine premiered on opening night of Grand Performances in Los Angeles. He is also working on a feature film treatment based on the 1934 San Francisco General Strike and a radio documentary, A Wild Woman Sings the Blues.
Prologue About the Play Cast and Crew Book a Performance
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