The Drama and Theatre of Sarah Ruhl

She writes not about “this or that issue,” but “about being,” creating plays that ask “big questions about death, love, and how we should treat each other in this lifetime.” In this volume, Amy Muse situates Ruhl as an artist ...

Author: Amy Muse

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350007826

Category: Literary Criticism

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Sarah Ruhl is one of the most highly-acclaimed and frequently-produced American playwrights of the 21st century. Author of eighteen plays and the essay collection 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write, she has won a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, been nominated for a Tony Award for In the Next Room or the vibrator play and twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for The Clean House and In the Next Room. Ruhl is a writer unafraid of the soul. She writes not about “this or that issue,” but “about being,” creating plays that ask “big questions about death, love, and how we should treat each other in this lifetime.” In this volume, Amy Muse situates Ruhl as an artist-thinker and organizes her work around its artistic and ethical concerns. Through a finely-grained account of each play, readers are guided through Ruhl's early influences, the themes of intimacy, transcendence, and communion, and her inventive stagecraft to dramatize “moments of being” onstage. Enriched by essays from scholars Jill Stevenson, Thomas Butler, and Christina Dokou, an interview with directors Sarah Rasmussen and Hayley Finn, and a chronology of Ruhl's life and work, this is a companionable guide for students of American drama and theatre studies. Amy Muse specializes in dramatic literature and performance studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department. She is the author of “Sarah Ruhl's Sex Ed for Grownups” (Text & Presentation 2013) and essays on Romantic drama, intimate theatre, female Hamlets, and travel in Romantic Circles, Romanticism: The Journal of Romantic Culture & Criticism, Frontiers, and other journals. METHUEN DRAMA CRITICAL COMPANIONS Series Editors: Patrick Lonergan (National University of Ireland, Galway) and Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. (Loyola Marymount University, USA)
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The Drama and Theatre of Sarah Ruhl

“The Oldest Boy: Theater Review.” Hollywood Reporter, November 3, ... “Ruhls of Play: An Interview with Sarah Ruhl.” Huffington Post, February 17, ...

Author: Amy Muse

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350007802

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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Sarah Ruhl is one of the most highly-acclaimed and frequently-produced American playwrights of the 21st century. Author of eighteen plays and the essay collection 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write, she has won a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, been nominated for a Tony Award for In the Next Room or the vibrator play and twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for The Clean House and In the Next Room. Ruhl is a writer unafraid of the soul. She writes not about “this or that issue,” but “about being,” creating plays that ask “big questions about death, love, and how we should treat each other in this lifetime.” In this volume, Amy Muse situates Ruhl as an artist-thinker and organizes her work around its artistic and ethical concerns. Through a finely-grained account of each play, readers are guided through Ruhl's early influences, the themes of intimacy, transcendence, and communion, and her inventive stagecraft to dramatize “moments of being” onstage. Enriched by essays from scholars Jill Stevenson, Thomas Butler, and Christina Dokou, an interview with directors Sarah Rasmussen and Hayley Finn, and a chronology of Ruhl's life and work, this is a companionable guide for students of American drama and theatre studies. Amy Muse specializes in dramatic literature and performance studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department. She is the author of “Sarah Ruhl's Sex Ed for Grownups” (Text & Presentation 2013) and essays on Romantic drama, intimate theatre, female Hamlets, and travel in Romantic Circles, Romanticism: The Journal of Romantic Culture & Criticism, Frontiers, and other journals. METHUEN DRAMA CRITICAL COMPANIONS Series Editors: Patrick Lonergan (National University of Ireland, Galway) and Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. (Loyola Marymount University, USA)
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The Clean House and Other Plays

This volume is the first publication of Sarah Ruhl, ''a playwright with a unique comic voice, perspective and sense of theater,'' (Variety) who is fast leaving her mark on the American stage.

Author: Sarah Ruhl

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 9781458781253

Category: American drama

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This volume is the first publication of Sarah Ruhl, ''a playwright with a unique comic voice, perspective and sense of theater,'' (Variety) who is fast leaving her mark on the American stage. In the award-winning Clean House-a play of uncommon romance and uncommon comedy-a maid who hates cleaning dreams about creating the perfect joke, while a doctor who treats cancer leaves his heart inside one of his patients. This volume also includes Eurydice, Ruhl's reinvention of the tragic Greek tale of love and loss; Late, a cowboy song and Melancholy Play
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Passion Play TCG Edition

. Ruhl is an original; a storyteller with a fine mind evolving her own theatrical idiom.”—John Lahr, The New Yorker “It’s a different kind of morality play . . . an often wondrous work . . . with [Ruhl’s] own special lyrical blend ...

Author: Sarah Ruhl

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 9781559366649

Category: Drama

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Named one of the "Ten Best Plays of 2008" by The New Yorker “Sarah Ruhl’s bold, inventive, and ironic triptych [is] a meditation on devotion and its appropriation by the state. . . . Ruhl is an original; a storyteller with a fine mind evolving her own theatrical idiom.”—John Lahr, The New Yorker “It’s a different kind of morality play . . . an often wondrous work . . . with [Ruhl’s] own special lyrical blend of poetry, humor and grace.”—Frank Rizzo, Variety Passion Play is Sarah Ruhl’s “biggest, most ambitious effort yet” (The New York Times), a three-and-a-half hour intimate epic, plunging the depths of the timely intersection of politics and religion. Ruhl dramatizes a community of players rehearsing their annual staging of the Easter Passion in three different eras: 1575 northern England, just before Queen Elizabeth outlaws the ritual; 1934 Oberammergua, Bavaria, as Hitler is rising to power; and Spearfish, South Dakota, from the time of Vietnam through Reagan’s presidency. In each period, the players grapple in different ways with the transformative nature of art, and politics are never far in the background, as Queen Elizabeth, Hitler, and Reagan each appear, played by a single commanding actor. Sarah Ruhl’s plays include Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Eurydice, and The Clean House, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has been widely produced both throughout the country and internationally, and she is the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.
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The Oldest Boy

The Oldest Boy is a richly emotional journey filled with music, dance, puppetry, ritual, and laughter—Sarah Ruhl at her imaginative best.

Author: Sarah Ruhl

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374714598

Category: Drama

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In this moving exploration of parenthood, an American mother and a Tibetan father have a three-year-old son believed to be the reincarnation of a Buddhist lama. When a Tibetan lama and a monk come to their home unexpectedly, asking to take their child away for a life of spiritual training in India, the parents must make a life-altering choice that will test their strength, their marriage, and their hearts. The Oldest Boy is a richly emotional journey filled with music, dance, puppetry, ritual, and laughter—Sarah Ruhl at her imaginative best. A meditation on attachment and unconditional love, the play asks us to believe in a world in which sometimes the youngest children are also the oldest and wisest teachers.
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Stage Kiss

. The play manages to be both wholly original and instantly recognizable . . . with its combination of hilarity and trenchancy."—The New Yorker Award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl brings her unique mix of lyricism, sparkling humor, and ...

Author: Sarah Ruhl

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 9781559364294

Category: Drama

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An enchanting new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl.
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Dear Elizabeth A Play in Letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and Back Again

From playwright Sarah Ruhl, Dear Elizabeth is a moving, innovative play based on one of the greatest correspondences in literary history--the letters of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop.

Author: Sarah Ruhl

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374711986

Category: Drama

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A moving, innovative play based on one of the greatest correspondences in literary history From 1947 to 1977, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged more than four hundred letters. Describing the writing of their poems, their travel and daily illnesses, the pyrotechnics of their romantic relationships, and the profound affection they had for each other, these missives are the most intimate record available of both poets and one of the greatest correspondences in American literature. The playwright Sarah Ruhl fell in love with these letters and set herself an unusual challenge: to turn this thirty-year exchange into a stage play, and to bring to life the friendship of two writers who were rarely even in the same country. As innovative as it is moving, Dear Elizabeth gives voice to a conversation that lived mostly in writing, illuminating some of the finest poems of the twentieth century and the minds that produced them.
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Eurydice

An inventive take on the classic myth, Eurydice is by the highly-acclaimed US playwright Sarah Ruhl and includes magical, dreamlike surrealism, lyrical beauty and heart-rending pathos. Eurydice is in love with Orpheus.

Author: Sarah Ruhl

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408130438

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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An inventive take on the classic myth, Eurydice is by the highly-acclaimed US playwright Sarah Ruhl and includes magical, dreamlike surrealism, lyrical beauty and heart-rending pathos. Eurydice is in love with Orpheus. Her dead father has advice for her wedding but his letters can't get through to the land of the living. At last one does. With her father's words in her hand, she crashes down a flight of stairs and wakes in the underworld, her memory wiped. How will she ever get home? With a style that is light and precise, but also wildly imaginative, this play sees Alice in Wonderland meet Greek myth. Eurydice is a playful and highly original take on a timeless tale of loss, grief and redemption. When she received her MacArthur Foundation 'genius' grant, she was given this verdict: "Sarah Ruhl, 32, playwright, New York City. Playwright creating vivid and adventurous theatrical works that poignantly juxtapose the mundane aspects of daily life with mythic themes of love and war."
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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights

Unrivalled in its coverage of recent work and writers, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights surveys and analyses the breadth, vitality and development of theatrical work to emerge from America over the last fifty ...

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Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408134801

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights is an authoritative single-volume guide to the work of twenty-five American playwrights from the second half of the twentieth century, written by a team of twenty-five eminent scholars from the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany and Ireland contributing individual studies to the work of each playwright. Each of the twenty-five chapters provides: a biographical introduction to the playwright and their work; a survey and concise analysis of each of the writer's published plays; a discussion of their style, dramaturgical concerns and the critical reception; and a full bibliography of published plays, listing of premieres and a select list of critical works. Among the many Tony, Obie and Pulitzer prize-winning playwrights included are Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson, Paula Vogel, Tracey Letts and Neil LaBute, besides many more. Unrivalled in its coverage of recent work and writers, this collection surveys and analyses the breadth, vitality and development of theatrical work to emerge from America over the last fifty years.
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Popular Forms for a Radical Theatre

The book includes essays by Todd London, W. David Hancock, Diane Paulus, Aleks Sierz, Will Eno, Jonathan Kalb, Michael Friedman and interviews with Eugenio Barba, Dijana Miloseviv, Nina Steiger, Scott Graham, Richard Maxwell and Brian ...

Author: Caridad Svich

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780578098098

Category: Fiction

Page: 206

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POPULAR FORMS FOR A RADICAL THEATRE is a collection of articles and interviews edited by playwrights Caridad Svich and Sarah Ruhl exploring populism, theatre practice, and radicalism. The book includes essays by Todd London, W. David Hancock, Diane Paulus, Aleks Sierz, Will Eno, Jonathan Kalb, Michael Friedman and interviews with Eugenio Barba, Dijana Miloseviv, Nina Steiger, Scott Graham, Richard Maxwell and Brian Mendes. A vital and provocative collection for students, practitioners, and scholars in theatre and performance.
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In the Next Room or the vibrator play

The first collection by a striking new voice in the American theater.

Author: Sarah Ruhl

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 9781559366618

Category: Drama

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The first collection by a striking new voice in the American theater.
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For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday TCG Edition

After their father dies, five siblings find themselves around the kitchen table of their childhood, pouring whiskey and sharing memories.

Author: Sarah Ruhl

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 9781559368797

Category: Drama

Page: 144

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After their father dies, five siblings find themselves around the kitchen table of their childhood, pouring whiskey and sharing memories. The eldest, Ann, reminisces about her days playing Peter Pan at the local children’s theater, and soon the five are transported back to Neverland. For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday is a fantastical exploration of the enduring bonds of family, the resistance to “growing up,” and the inevitability of growing old.
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100 Essays I Don t Have Time to Write

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write is an incisive, idiosyncratic collection on life and theater from major American playwright Sarah Ruhl. This is a book in which chimpanzees, Chekhov, and child care are equally at home.

Author: Sarah Ruhl

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374711979

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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Sarah Ruhl is a mother of three and one of America's best-known playwrights. She has written a stunningly original book of essays whose concerns range from the most minimal and personal subjects to the most encompassing matters of art and culture. The titles themselves speak to the volume's uniqueness: "On lice," "On sleeping in the theater," "On motherhood and stools (the furniture kind)," "Greek masks and Bell's palsy." 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write is a book in which chimpanzees, Chekhov, and child care are equally at home. A vibrant, provocative examination of the possibilities of the theater, it is also a map to a very particular artistic sensibility, and an unexpected guide for anyone who has chosen an artist's life.
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How to transcend a happy marriage TCG Edition

“This new play is a subversive enchantment.

Author: Sarah Ruhl

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 9781559368889

Category: Drama

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“This new play is a subversive enchantment. It is part absurd domestic seriocomedy, part erotic magic realism, unflinching about taboos and about questioning that, just maybe, monogamy isn’t enough.” —Linda Winer, Newsday Over dinner with another married couple, George and her husband grow fascinated by stories of their friends’ new acquaintance—an intriguing younger woman named Pip. What begins as an innocent intellectual discussion turns into a sexually explosive New Year’s Eve party after George extends an invitation to Pip and her two live-in boyfriends, raising the question: What ultimately binds human beings together?
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Modern American Drama Playwriting 2000 2009

Late: a cowboy song, in The Clearn House and Other Plays, 117–220. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2006. Ruhl, Sarah. Dead Man's Cell Phone.

Author: Julia Listengarten

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350024755

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Decades of Modern American Drama series provides a comprehensive survey and study of the theatre produced in each decade from the 1930s to 2009 in eight volumes. Each volume equips readers with a detailed understanding of the context from which work emerged: an introduction considers life in the decade with a focus on domestic life and conditions, social changes, culture, media, technology, industry and political events; while a chapter on the theatre of the decade offers a wide-ranging and thorough survey of theatres, companies, dramatists, new movements and developments in response to the economic and political conditions of the day. The work of the four most prominent playwrights from the decade receives in-depth analysis and re-evaluation by a team of experts, together with commentary on their subsequent work and legacy. A final section brings together original documents such as interviews with the playwrights and with directors, drafts of play scenes, and other previously unpublished material. The major playwrights and their plays to receive in-depth coverage in this volume include: * Theresa Rebeck: Omnium Gatherum (2003), Mauritius (2007), and The Understudy (2008); * Sarah Ruhl: Eurydice (2003), Clean House (2004), and In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) (2009); * Lynn Nottage: Intimate Apparel (2003), Fabulation or Re-Education of Undine (2004), and Ruined (2008); * Charles Mee: Big Love (2000), Wintertime (2005), and Hotel Cassiopeia (2006).
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Dead Man s Cell Phone TCG Edition

. In her new oddball comedy, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Sarah Ruhl is forever vital in her lyrical and biting takes on how we behave.”—The Washington Post “Ruhl’s zany probe of the razor-thin line between life and death delivers a ...

Author: Sarah Ruhl

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 9781559366113

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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A new comedy by the author of The Clean House.
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Ruhl in an Hour

Know the playwright, love the play!The book features:¿ Ruhl in an Hour, the primary essay in the book¿ Ruhl In a Minute, a snapshot chronology¿ A complete listing of Ruhl¿s work¿ A list of Ruhl¿s contemporaries in all fields¿ ...

Author: James Al-Shamma

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ISBN: 1936232367

Category: Drama

Page: 89

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Before Sarah Ruhl became a writer, she was a storyteller, dictating stories to her mother as a young child. Later, her mother brought Ruhl to play rehearsals, where Ruhl took notes as she watched the world of theater open up before her eyes. But her love of words came from her father, a toy marketer, who adored puns and playing with language. Sadly, he died of cancer when Ruhl was twenty years old. Still, he influenced the plays she would go on to write, plays that meditate on death, love, and loss. A perfect example is Eurydice. Ruhl wrote the play, which premiered in 2003, as a final conversation with her father.Setting the playwright in context to her personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Sarah Ruhl and the plays she wrote. Read Ruhl in an Hour and experience her plays like never before. Know the playwright, love the play!The book features:¿ Ruhl in an Hour, the primary essay in the book¿ Ruhl In a Minute, a snapshot chronology¿ A complete listing of Ruhl¿s work¿ A list of Ruhl¿s contemporaries in all fields¿ Excerpts from Ruhl¿s major plays¿ An extensive bibliography grouped according to type of reader¿ An index of the main essay.Playwrights in an Hour is a series devoted to the most produced and studied playwrights in the English language, from the Greek masters to contemporary writers, and written by leading authorities in the field. Each short book places the playwright and his or her work in historical, social, and literary context.James Al-Shamma, a professor, director, and actor. ¿I first met Sarah Ruhl when she gave a presentation at the University of California, and remember that she mentioned a play in which a character becomes an almond (Melancholy Play). I was drawn into a comprehensive study of her work after reading Eurydice, and have followed her prolific career since.
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Contemporary Plays from Iraq

The volume is introduced and translated by James Al-Shamma, Assistant Professor at Belmont University, US, and A. Al-Azraki, an Iraqi playwright.

Author: A. Al-Azraki

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474253321

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Contemporary Plays from Iraq is a ground-breaking collection of Middle Eastern drama translated into English for the very first time. With works from both established and emerging male and female playwrights, written in country and in exile, this volume offers current Iraqi perspectives on a war and occupation that have significantly impacted the Middle East and the rest of the world. Dealing exclusively with contemporary plays originating from Iraq, this anthology gives under-studied Arabic political theatre the attention it deserves and provides a general introduction that sets the plays within their cultural and historical contexts. The plays are preceded by introductions from the playwrights themselves, further enriching each piece for the enjoyment and understanding of the reader. The volume is introduced and translated by James Al-Shamma, Assistant Professor at Belmont University, US, and A. Al-Azraki, an Iraqi playwright.
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Twenty First Century American Playwrights

Introduces nine exciting and talented playwrights who have emerged in twenty-first century America, exploring issues of race, gender and society.

Author: Christopher Bigsby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108419581

Category: Literary Criticism

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Introduces nine exciting and talented playwrights who have emerged in twenty-first century America, exploring issues of race, gender and society.
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