Everybody's Ruby

by  Thulani Davis

Full Length Play, Drama  /  10m, 4f

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

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Everybody's Ruby

by  Thulani Davis

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Live Oak, FL 1952-53
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

10m, 4f
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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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

Thulani Davis

Thulani Davis

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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