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Encore Showing of 'Not A Stranger' Set for July 6 at Beverly Arts Center

By Howard Ludwig | June 23, 2016 11:07am
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Dennis Foley's screenplay has been made into a movie called, "Not A Stranger." Originally titled "Old Bob," the Beverly writer's film will retake the stage for an encore showing July 6 at the Beverly Arts Center.
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MORGAN PARK — An encore showing of the locally written and produced film "Not A Stranger" will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 6 at the Beverly Arts Center.

The movie authored by Beverly's Dennis Foley debuted with three sold-out shows earlier this month at the center at 2407 W. 111th St. in Morgan Park. Tickets to the added show cost $12 for members of the center or $15 for nonmembers.

The proceeds from the new show will help support the center, "as a way of saying thanks to the [center] and recognizing all the good [it] does for our community," Foley said via email Wednesday.

Foley will be on hand to introduce the movie and stick around for a question-and-answer session after his film, which received a three-star review from Chicago Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper.

Originally titled "Old Bob," the film stars James Russo, who began his acting career as the convenience store robber in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Russo has gone on to star in movies such as "Donnie Brasco," "Public Enemies," "Beverly Hills Cop" and more.

Russo not only plays the title character in "Not A Stranger," but he also directed the project that was shot for just $130,000. Several neighborhood residents and locations can be seen in the film, including scenes shot at Ellie's Cafe in Morgan Park as well as Sutherland Elementary School, Janson's Drive-In and St. Barnabas Church in Beverly.

"I thought it was the right thing to do," Foley said about a adding another show. "More folks want to see the movie, and it's a way of supporting the arts in our area."

For more information about the showing, visit the Beverly Art Center's website or call 773-445-3838.

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