A Brooklyn-based actor and playwright who was born and raised in Johnstown will bring his one-man black comedy about working in New York City dive bars in the 1980s and 1990s to a Pittsburgh-area stage.

Dan Ruth, 53, a graduate of Bishop McCort High School, will perform “A Life Behind Bars” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Carnegie Stage, 25 W. Main St. in Carnegie, Allegheny County. 

Ruth portrays 18 different characters during the course of the play, including an overzealous New York City health inspector, a Brooklyn hipster and an Andrew Lloyd Webber-loving piano bar denizen. 

The play won the 2018 Producer’s Encore Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles, the 2018 New York City MAC Award for Spoken Word and the 2018 New York City Bistro Award for Outstanding Solo Play. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.carnegiestage.com/a-life-behind-bars.

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