THIS IS OUR YOUTH
Ruby was last seen back onstage at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre's season opening production of Kenneth Lonnergan's This Is Our Youth. Ruby played the iconic role of neurotic New York teen Jessica opposite John Evans Reese as Warren and Michael Goldsmith as Dennis. This is Our Youth, recently listed by the New York Times as one of the 25 best American plays since Angels in America, deftly captures the language and anxieties of three disaffected New Yorkers on the precipice of adulthood. Under the dynamic direction of Katherine M. Carter, it ran to rave reviews from May 30th until the 22nd of June.
"This is a terrific start to what is looking like a tremendous season at WHAT."
This past spring, Ruby returned to Lantern Theatre Company for the first time since her Barrymore Award nominated performance as Celia in their 2016 production of As You Like It. Artistic Director Charles McMahon took the helm of this earthy and text-driven production of The Tempest. Ruby played Miranda alongside Peter DeLaurier (co-founder of Delaware Theatre Company; artistic associate/company member at People's Light) and six other fan-favorites of the Philadelphia theatre community, including past collaborators Bi Jean Ngo (Pericles) and J. Hernandez (As You Like It, Pericles). Extended by popular demand until the 30th of April, the production was officially Barrymore Recommended.
THE GOREE ALL-GIRL STRING BAND
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Ruby appeared in the annual New York Musical Festival, starring as Mozelle in the new musical The Goree All-Girl String Band. Based on true events, this piece tells the story of six female inmates in a 1930's Texas state penitentiary who joined together to form a string band and scored a slot on the popular radio program "30 Minutes Behind the Walls". Heading the company alongside Lauren Patten (Fun Home, The Wolves), Ruby was excited to once again have the opportunity to incorporate her love of music with her passion for theatre.
ROMEO & JULIET
Ruby appeared in the 2016 Lincoln Center Education / Psittacus co-production of Romeo & Juliet as the titular character Juliet. The production incorporated the original music of Matthew Marsh, stylized movement and Shakespeare's language into a performance running just over one hour - an exciting, fast-paced retelling of one of the most revered tragic love stories of all time. The production ran regionally at the Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theatre in Massachusetts before returning to NYC to begin it's run at Lincoln Center's Clarke Studio Theatre as part of the institution's seasonal programming for their acclaimed education department.
"It’s an exciting, extremely youthful whirlwind of sight and sound and a sense of the inevitability of the tragedy that’s approaching at breakneck speed." - WOMR Arts Week
PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE
In the fall of 2016, Ruby completed a run of Pericles with Delaware Shakespeare for their first ever Community Tour, playing the role of Marina. Based off the model developed by Minneapolis-based company Ten Thousand Things, this tour aimed to provide free access to quality theatre for members of the community who are, more often than not, left out of conventional audiences. The tour visited venues ranging from youth detention centers to correctional facilities to homeless shelters and community centers throughout the state of Delaware.
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
In August of 2016, Ruby appeared as Julia in Shakespeare in the Square's production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The performances took place in New York City's historical Washington Square Park and were free to the public. Despite the heat and some inclement weather (SITS is known for it's rain-or-shine policy), all four showings attracted sizable audiences of both park passersby and devoted attendees who remained for the duration of the two-hour run.
AS YOU LIKE IT
Ruby made her Philadelphia debut, appearing as Celia in the Lantern Theatre Company's 2016 production of As You Like It. Throughout the performance, in addition to acting alongside Philadelphia favorite and four-time Barrymore Award winner Liz Filios, Ruby was afforded the opportunity to play violin, banjo and guitar for the original music composed by Michael Hahn. Under the direction of Charles McMahon, Ruby received a Barrymore Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play.