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Rebel With A Cause - The Sal Mineo Story

Rebel With A Cause - The Sal Mineo StoryDean Ghaffari brings to life Sal Mineo and a host of characters instrumental in his journey.  An energetic and historical backstage view of one of America’s greatest actors and one of the first Gay Icons.

"Dean Ghaffari is a terrific storyteller and actor. He skillfully brings you into the most fascinating life of this Oscar nominated actor. GO!" - Performing Arts LIVE

Starring Dean Ghaffari
Directed by Tom Waters

Natalia Lazarus and The Promenade Playhouse are proud to present “REBEL WITH A CAUSE – THE SAL MINEO STORY” – Based on real events.  Written and performed by Dean Ghaffari and adapted for the Promenade Playhouse. The Los Angeles Premiere will be directed by Tom Waters and will open August 11th at The Promenade Playhouse, located at 1404 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA. 90401, with performances on Friday and Saturday @ 8:00PM.
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Dean Ghaffari brings to life Sal Mineo and a host of characters instrumental in his journey in this
energetic, historical backstage view of one of America’s greatest actors and first Gay Icons.
The Promenade Playhouse hosts the Los Angeles premiere of Dean Ghaffari’s one-man show “Rebel With a Cause: The Sal Mineo Story”, before it heads to New York in September.

Sal Mineo was a two-time Oscar nominated actor, Golden Globe winner and a gold record-selling pop singer. He is best remembered for his portrayal of “Plato” alongside James Dean in the Classic “Rebel Without a Cause”. A role he was Oscar nominated for (at that time, he was the youngest actor ever nominated).
Ahead of the times, Sal Mineo truly was a “Rebel With a Cause”. He was a prominent figure for gay rights before he was tragically murdered. Some say his murder was directly related to his gay activism. Or perhaps a spurned lover, no one will ever really know.

After living the high life of luxury with mansions, butlers, maids and fast cars as well as providing an extravagant lifestyle for his parents, Sal Mineo died with only $20 in his pocket.


Written, Performed by Dean Ghaffari
Directed by Tom Waters
Artistic Director Natalia Lazarus
Lighting and Sound Design by Prin Baker Jr. and Sam Judy


Sal Mineo was an American film and theatre actor who began acting in the 1940’s opposite Yuhl Brenner on Broadway. However, it was his ground breaking role in the 1955 James Dean classic, “Rebel Without a Cause”, which made him a legend and earned him an Academy Award Nomination. His performance as “Plato Crawford”, opposite James Dean, was one of the first films to really give teenagers an identity. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Holocaust survivor, “Dov Landau” in “Exodus”. In subsequent years, Sal Mineo acted in several pictures playing mostly juvenile delinquents that ultimately lead him to being typecast. Despite the difficulties, his strong love and passion for the work gave him vitality. In the late 1960’s, Mineo became one of the first major actors in Hollywood to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality. His coming out as an openly gay actor laid the foundation for generations that followed. Sal continued to work on stage and screen up until his tragic death in 1976.

“Sal Mineo was complex and mysterious”, Actor Dean Ghaffari says. “There was this phenomenon called Mineo-mania in the early 60’s. Sal Mineo was huge! But by 1970 he was virtually forgotten. I felt this need to tell his story on stage”.

And so it goes, the bigger they are the harder they fall. Come join Actor Dean Ghaffari at The Promenade playhouse on an excursion of The Life and Times of Sal Mineo.

The Promenade Playhouse 2017 - 2018 season is an homage to historical figures, places, and time periods. A journey of real life stories: Sal Mineo, Picasso, Marie Antoinette, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, and Quentin Tarantino.

Promenade Playhouse is also the home of the Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory - nurturing the artists of tomorrow thru the LAPAC Film School and the LAPAC Acting School.

REBEL WITH A CAUSE – THE SAL MINEO STORY - Opening at the Promenade Playhouse on August 11, running Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm Promenade Playhouse is located at 1404 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA. 90401   Phone (310)-656-8070.
General admission is $27.00 - Seniors $18.00 Students $12.00
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Presenter / Producer: Promenade Playhouse

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Theater > Drama

Event Phone: 310-656-8070

Promenade Playhouse
1404 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica CA 90401

LA - Hollywood / Westside

Performance Dates: 8/11/2017 - 8/26/2017
Friday, 08/11/2017
Saturday, 08/12/2017
Friday, 08/18/2017
Saturday, 08/19/2017
Friday, 08/25/2017
Saturday, 08/26/2017

Performance Times
Friday and Saturday 8:00PM

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General admission is $27.00 - Seniors $18.00 Students $12.00

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