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 Kira Obolensky
John Ploughman returns from war to find his hometown very much changed. After ten years thriving without men, the town has little place for an aging Don Juan—much less one who has been counted on the list of the dead. In order to regain his place among the living and find his lost love, he is forced to confront both the mistakes of his past and the unromantic reality of his present. A tragic comedy about shifting gender politics and the ways we learn to adapt.
by Qui Nguyen
Sixteen-year-old Thuy dreams of joining her GI father’s American family and escaping her life in post-war Vietnam. The problem is, most of her new family doesn’t know she exists. Her arrival in their small Arkansas town causes a rift in the household and brings up years of buried secrets. Always in search of a place to belong, Thuy discovers that she isn’t the only one searching.
by George Brant
Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a legend in her time and a huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Ray Charles. Marie and Rosetta chronicles her first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duos in musical history.
by Idris Goodwin
Thomas has escaped the ‘burbs and come to the city to savor authentic hip hop culture. He falls madly in love with Prima, a super-dope MC, and he is willing to lie, cheat, and scheme to win her well-guarded heart. But is he after real love or fulfilling a middle class rap fantasy? A meditation on authenticity and class collision, The REALNESS follows a young man’s journey for his heart and true identity.
by Kathryn Walat
She’s a rookie cop on her first undercover narcotics assignment. He’s an Honors English student trying to live up to his Shakespearean name. And this is Florida, with some of the toughest drug laws in the nation. So is it a love story...or a tragedy? Whose version are you going to believe?