Ruby is thrilled to be returning 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. Lantern Artistic Director Charles McMahon takes the helm of this earthy and text-driven production of The Tempest wherein Ruby is delighted to be playing Miranda alongside Peter DeLaurier (co-founder of Delaware Theatre Company; artistic associate/company member at People's Light). The cast is comprised of six other fan-favorites of the Philadelphia theatre community, including past collaborators Bi Jean Ngo (Pericles) and J. Hernandez (As You Like It, Pericles). The show, extended by popular demand until the 30th of April, has been officially Barrymore Recommended.
THE GOREE ALL-GIRL STRING BAND
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Most recently, Ruby appeared in the annual New York Musical Festival, starring as Mozelle in the new musical The Goree All-Girl String Band. Based on a true story, this piece follows the journey of six female inmates in a women's prison in Texas who join together to form a string band in order to score 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
This past spring, Ruby appeared in the Psittacus Productions / Lincoln Center Education 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 and then returned 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
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.
THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED
During the summer of 2016, Ruby performed in Provincetown, Massachusetts, appearing as Ellen in the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble's production of The Little Dog Laughed. Performances ran from June 20th through July 7th at the Provincetown Theatre, during which time it recieved rave reviews from Provincetown Magazine, The Cape Cod Times and The Provincetown Banner.
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.