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Rubies - Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

Rubies

Billy St. John

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Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780874405644

If you need a special comedy, Rubies just might be the treasure you're looking for. This is a pair of one-act plays that examine the relations between four Southern women at two different times in their lives. 

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Description

Short Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - 1990s, 1960s

Settings Of Play - A high school gymnasium in a small town not far from Birmingham, Alabama.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre

If you need a special comedy, Rubies just might be the treasure you're looking for. This is a pair of one-act plays that examine the relations between four Southern women at two different times in their lives. The first play, Little Gems, is set in a high school gym in 1960, where four girls named Ruby are decorating for their senior prom. Ruby Lee, lifelong victim of Ruby Joan's barbs and taunts, breaks down and nearly runs away with a lecherous reporter until Ruby Joan's boyfriend Halbert steps in and brings her to her senses. The second play, Heirlooms, is set in 1990, where the four Rubys are once again decorating the gym - this time for their thirty year reunion. Ruby Lee is successful in her career and marriage - to Halbert! - while Ruby Joan, frustrated and despairing, resorts to cosmetic surgery to save her third marriage. The two women resolve their conflicts and work out a plan to get Ruby Joan's life in order. Reminiscent of Steel Magnolias and Vanities, Rubies is ideal for both schools and community theatres, and each play may be produced independently. For all groups.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 4f

CASTING NOTES

The character of Benny Arrington only appears in the first act, "Little Gems" and the character Jefferson Trotter only appears in "Heirlooms."

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

RUBY JEAN (R'Jean) JOHNSON
RUBY JOAN (R'Joan) JOHNSON
RUBY LYNN (R'Lynn) JOHNSON
RUBY LEE (R'Lee) JOHNSON
HALBERT WATERS
BENNY ARRINGTON
JEFFERSON TROTTER
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VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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