The Ruth Easton Series is the public face of the Ruth Easton Lab, an exciting selection of new plays from the Center's Core Writers. Each play is lovingly prepared in the Lab with the help of the nation's top directors and the Twin Cities' sharpest actors, and brought to the public for an exclusive sneak peek into the theater of tomorrow.
The Ruth Easton Series is FREE, but seating is limited. To RSVP call 612-332-7481 x10.
About Ruth Easton
Actress Ruth Easton (nee Edelstein) was born in North Branch, Minnesota and went on to become an acclaimed Broadway stage and radio performer. Ms. Easton's legacy, her commitment to theater and the development of new works, continues through the charitable gifts distributed through the Ruth Easton Fund of the Edelstein Family Foundation.
by Qui Nguyen
Director: Robert Ross Parker
Cast: Sun-Mee Chomet, Nathan Christopher, Shawn Hamilton, Aditi Kapil, Sara Richardson, Neal Skoy, and Bruce Young
Unity has carved out her perfect domestic life: husband, daughter, suspicious age-defying looks. But after disarming a squad of CIA agents at the grocery store, Unity is forced to tell her daughter the truth about her last and longest job—as Uncle Sam's very first army of one. It's a politically incorrect tour of America's military history, complete with robots, kung fu, and big f**king guns.
by Mona Mansour
In a crumbling modern-day California town, Mom shares death-defying tales of pioneer crossings with her two squabbling daughters as she waits for her bankruptcy to come through. Stories are stretched, songs are broken into, and checks are forged as Mom and her grown girls scrape for survival.
Director: Hayley Finn
Cast: Nadia Bowers, Shanan Custer, Dan Hopman, Catherine Johnson Justice, Mo Perry, James Rodriguez, Eric Sharp and Sally Wingert
by Adam Kraar
Cast: Mark Benninghofen, Michael Booth, Alex Galick, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Linda Kelsey, Eliza Shin and Joe Urla
Julia Karpovsky’s father is brilliant, talented—and lives half a world away. Growing up among her eccentric and disparate relatives, Julia navigates her way through a family with a missing piece, searching for the elusive notes of her father's clarinet. This musical story traces the Karpovskys' encounters at airport lounges over two decades as they improvise what it means to be a family.
by Joe Waechter
It's just another night of popcorn and Jeopardy, when Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins receive a phone call that changes their lives forever. Through turns both harrowing and humorous, PROFILES explores how an unthinkable act of violence echoes through the lives of the perpetrator's family, as they struggle to find relief and forgiveness in a rapidly disintegrating world.
Director: Hal Brooks
Cast: Terry Hempleman, Charity Jones, Hugh Kennedy, Ron Menzel, Mo Perry, John Skelley
by Andy Bragen
Tanya is trying to cat-sit, but the cat is nowhere to be found. She has ordered pizza, but the pizza boy won't arrive. She has all kinds of plans—but how do you pursue them when your life has become another person's subplot? Written for one actress and one large, mysterious trunk, The Dowager is a fractured journey through the mind and memory of a woman stung by betrayal.
Director: Erik Pearson
Dramaturg: Wendy Weckworth
Sound Designer: Montana Johnson
Cast: Liz Wisan