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Everybody's Ruby - Full Length Play, Drama

Everybody's Ruby

Thulani Davis

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Full Length Play, Drama

10m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573627125

"A complex and provocative drama [...] Eloquent." - The Village Voice

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Description | Characters | Author | Reviews
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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1950s

Settings Of Play - Live Oak, FL 1952-53

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Gun Shots, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

This hard-hitting and intense drama, a sensation Off Broadway, is based on a murder that happened in a small town in Florida in 1952. Ruby McCollum, a black woman, is accused of killing a socially prominent white doctor. Famed writer Zora Neale Hurston is covering her trial for the national black press. With help from another famous reporter, Zora uncovers an explosive collision of race, sex, and class that is key to understanding the truth about the murder.

REVIEWS

"A complex and provocative drama [...] Eloquent." - The Village Voice

"An absorbing work that reminds audiences of a place and a period, not so distant, when crossing the lines of color and convention meant almost certain destruction." - Star Ledger

"Engrossing." - The New York Times


Everybody's Ruby premiered at the Public Theater in New York City in March 1999 under the direction of Kenny Leon.

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CASTING

10m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

RUBY McCOLLUM - housewife, mother of four, 37 years old. 
ZORA NEALE HURSTON - a well-known writer, 50 years old. 
DR. LEROY ADAMS - a doctor and newly elected member of the Florida State Assembly, in his 40s.
SAM McCOLLUM - a numbers banker, in his 40s. 
WILLIAM BRADFORD HUIE - a well-known writer, in his 40s/ White Citizen #2
DEPUTY SHERRIF BARKLEY
LIBRARIAN LOGAN "BEAU" SHIPP
MARIE / RECEOTIONIST / WAITRESS
JUDGE / PHARMACIST
MECHANIC / BARTENDER / BLACK CITIZEN #1
CLERK / WHITE CITIZEN #1 / MRS. X
CARPENTER
PROSECUTOR / WHITE CITIZEN #3 / STORE OWNER
DEFENSE ATTORNEY / SUIT / WHITE CITIZEN #4
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