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"Seal Beach Salutes" An Evening of Veteran's Spoken Word with Music

After discharge from the military John DiFusco, Actor/Writer/Director, attended Riverside City College and Cal. State U., Long Beach as a theatre major.   He began his professional career in Los Angeles at The Odyssey Theatre in the 70’s, acting in several productions.  “Peer Gynt,” ”‘The Kid,”  “The Caucasion Chalk Circle,”  “The Balcony,” and “Mother Courage,”  to name a few.  In 1980 he created and directed the landmark Vietnam play “Tracers,” which had its world premier at OTE.  He directed the NY Premier at The Public theatre where it was published as one of “The Ten Best of 85/86.”  Through most of the 80’s he toured with “Tracers” nationally and internationally.  “Tracers” continues to be produced around the country.
In the 90’s he directed several plays locally , including “Hair,”  “White People,” “Avenue X,” “Joan and the Zulus,” “ Will Strip for Food,” “Ali,” and ”Rounds.” In addition he appeared in all three plays of Jovanka Bach’s “Balkan Trilogy.”
The 2000’s have included appearing in Murray Mednick’s “Charles Story” and numerous solo/spoken word performances at such events as “Rant and Rave,” “La Lupa Fest,” “Waiting for Jack,” Que Linda’s Open Mic.”, and “Library Girl,” and Eve Brandstein’s Poetry in Motion at Beyond Baroque.   There are several Youtube Videos.
In '07 he performed his autobiographical piece, “Walk’n thru the Fire” at The Hayworth Theatre.  The play made LA Weekly’s Ten Best of the Year list.  In 09 he was invited to be a “Featured Artist” at The Last Frontier Theatre Conference.  2010 began with directing Will Manus’ “Just a Song at Twilight” at The Write-act Rep.  In November John played the lead in “Nightsong for the Boatman” at the Odyssey Theatre.  The show was remounted in New York at The Barrow Group in January 2011.
In Nov. 2012 John performed his solo piece, ‘The Long Way Home – (Reflections on the Tracers Journey.)’  Directed by John Perrin Flynn, co-produced by Roguemachine Theatre and The US Veterans Artists Alliance.  Featuring live music by Al. Keith.  He made the ten best solo performance list in Backstage West.
 “With his heartfelt and dynamic performance recalling the incredible journey of ‘Tracers,’ he once again proves himself able to share the purification of creation, the embodiment of Shelley’s belief that, ‘Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the World.”
In 2013, he directed an all Veteran Cast (including Iraq and Afghanistan Vets) in a revival of ‘Tracers,’ which ran in rep. with ‘The Long Way Home’ at the US Veterans Artists Alliance in association with Roguemachine Theatre Company.  Santa Monica Mirror called the show, “Powerful!  Mesmerizing! Brilliant!”
In 2014 he played Eugene O’Neill in Jovanka Bach’s “O’Neill’s Ghosts” at The Odyssey Theatre and then again in New York in 2015.  Review quotes: “Thank John DiFusco for his balls out performance as O’Neill.” “John DiFusco is superb as O’Neill.”
In 2016 he directed the veteran driven drama, “Everything in Between” and was featured in the Gary Sinise documentary “Always do a Little More.”
Mr. DiFusco is a member of The Actors Studio Playwrightr/Directors Unit, The LA Writers Center, Roguemachine Theatre Company, and The US Veterans Artists Alliance.
He has received The NY Drama Desk Award, The LADCC Award, LA Weekly, NAACP Theatre, Drama-Logue, Robby Awards, and Valley Theatre League Awards.  In 1968, he was awarded the USAF Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service in Vietnam.
He has appeared in numerous films and television shows.  Go to www.johndifusco.com for a full biography.  Other Links.  www.usvaa.org www.roguemachinetheatre.com

Earlier Event: July 3
Open Mic Night
Later Event: July 6
Music by Taylor Crawford