Ruth Zamoyta

Ruth Zamoyta

Ruth Zamoyta received a 2018 New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship on the merits of her first play, "The Caregivers." She is currently developing her play "The Incels" through a residency at NJ Play Lab & Drew University. The Incels was was originally developed at the INKubator at Art House Productions, NJ. Her plays "The Caregivers" and "The Fencers" have...
Ruth Zamoyta received a 2018 New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship on the merits of her first play, "The Caregivers." She is currently developing her play "The Incels" through a residency at NJ Play Lab & Drew University. The Incels was was originally developed at the INKubator at Art House Productions, NJ. Her plays "The Caregivers" and "The Fencers" have been semifinalists for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2018 & 2019. Her play "Phil Rizzuto Gives Parenting Advice" was produced at Mile Square Theatre in NJ in 2019, and her play "Baby's First Madness" was produced at Secret Theatre in NY in 2020. She is a published poet and novelist. Ruth holds an MS in strategic communications from Columbia University, an MA in English from New York University, and a BA summa cum laude from St. John’s University. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild and the International Centre for Women Playwrights.

Plays

  • The Incels
    RECORDING AVAILABLE THROUGH SEPT 20, 2020, 7PM ET at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjbhIyNYCA&ab_channel=UrbanStages. IN DEVELOPMENT. Tom and Derrick are incels, or “involuntary celibates:” depressed, bitter men who can’t get girlfriends. Tom records his manifesto on his vlog, telling tales of fruitless encounters with women, as well as his plan to rid the world of sexuality. Derrick has a YouTube...
    RECORDING AVAILABLE THROUGH SEPT 20, 2020, 7PM ET at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjbhIyNYCA&ab_channel=UrbanStages. IN DEVELOPMENT. Tom and Derrick are incels, or “involuntary celibates:” depressed, bitter men who can’t get girlfriends. Tom records his manifesto on his vlog, telling tales of fruitless encounters with women, as well as his plan to rid the world of sexuality. Derrick has a YouTube channel in which he teaches other men how to survive in the backwoods and obsesses about the young woman he's stalking. Pat is a MGTOW (“Men Going Their Own Way”) who teaches incels how to find happiness in a solitary lifestyle. When Tom and Derrick turn violent, can Pat convince them to put down their guns?
  • The Fencers
    2019 Semi-finalist - Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Maddie is broke and unemployed, with a chronically ill kid who needs surgery. She has one thing going for her: she’s an extraordinary fencer. When she makes the controversial decision to give custody of her son to his deadbeat dad so she can train, Maddie is knocked out of the standings by Donna, a transgender woman. The Fencers is a story of women fighting...
    2019 Semi-finalist - Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Maddie is broke and unemployed, with a chronically ill kid who needs surgery. She has one thing going for her: she’s an extraordinary fencer. When she makes the controversial decision to give custody of her son to his deadbeat dad so she can train, Maddie is knocked out of the standings by Donna, a transgender woman. The Fencers is a story of women fighting discrimination, expectations, and the mistakes of their past, so they can do what they love the most: fence.
  • The Caregivers
    Winner - 2018 NJ State Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship; 2018 semi-finalist Bay Area Play Festival. Called “a pressure cooker” by the cast during a recent reading, "The Caregivers" is the story of two women caring for an Alzheimer’s patient in her studio apartment during the final 13 days of her life. Frances is tired of seeing her mother, Marjorie, suffer needlessly year after year. She can’t...
    Winner - 2018 NJ State Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship; 2018 semi-finalist Bay Area Play Festival. Called “a pressure cooker” by the cast during a recent reading, "The Caregivers" is the story of two women caring for an Alzheimer’s patient in her studio apartment during the final 13 days of her life. Frances is tired of seeing her mother, Marjorie, suffer needlessly year after year. She can’t understand why, although Marjorie can no longer walk, communicate, or respond to stimuli, she still eats three meals a day.
    She discovers that Anna, the 24/7 aide from Trinidad, has been coaxing Marjorie’s mouth open, pouring puréed food in, and holding her mouth shut while she swallows. Anna sees this as a clever way to get her to eat, but Frances sees it as force-feeding and decides to take over the feedings. Frances starts showing up at the studio apartment three times a day and introducing food to her mother, but sure enough, Marjorie does not eat. What follows is Marjorie’s slow descent to death. Anna is disturbed, left alone with the dying woman, prohibited from even rubbing her lips with water. What’s more, Anna learns that her own mother, who has been watching Anna’s children in Trinidad, has suddenly died of heart failure. Anna must decide whether to stay and keep her job, or return to Trinidad after a seven-year absence. It’s not easy for Frances, either. She is financially strained, harassed by her boss, nagged by her teenaged daughter, and now she’s taking her mother’s death into her own hands. She is also fighting the clock because her sister, who would disapprove, is due back soon from her vacation in Peru. Regardless of the compound stress, the feedings become opportunities for Frances to slow down and remember what an exceptional mother Marjorie was, and to express her love and gratitude. The merciful end is almost near, but Frances catches Anna giving Marjorie water, possibly setting back the dying process—and prolonging Marjorie’s suffering—another few days. Frances erupts and gets physical, but is suddenly stopped by a surprising, pivotal event. Frances and Anna then come to an understanding of each other’s principles and circumstances, and work together to usher Marjorie to peace, at last.
  • The Suspects: A Sustainability Murder-Mystery
    At a Green Party campaign meeting, Dave, the mayoral candidate, is found dead. The campaigners run for the door to get the police, but discover there has been a climate catastrophe and they are trapped by six feet of snow. Clark, the town traffic cop, takes it upon himself to lead the murder investigation. In questioning each suspect, he reveals they aren't as "green" as they seem, and they all...
    At a Green Party campaign meeting, Dave, the mayoral candidate, is found dead. The campaigners run for the door to get the police, but discover there has been a climate catastrophe and they are trapped by six feet of snow. Clark, the town traffic cop, takes it upon himself to lead the murder investigation. In questioning each suspect, he reveals they aren't as "green" as they seem, and they all had reasons to hate Dave...and each other. This mad-cap climate-change farce keeps the audience guessing, until the final surprise.
  • The Widow
    Cece, in her early 60s, is losing words, and her suspicions of early dementia are confirmed. Her husband and only child died a long time ago, so Cece faces an uncertain future. Lois, her long-time friend—the only one left in the gentrified neighborhood that has been invaded by “phone-face yuppies”—convinces Cece to find a new husband online. She finds Sy, who sweeps her off her feet, but turns out to be vilely...
    Cece, in her early 60s, is losing words, and her suspicions of early dementia are confirmed. Her husband and only child died a long time ago, so Cece faces an uncertain future. Lois, her long-time friend—the only one left in the gentrified neighborhood that has been invaded by “phone-face yuppies”—convinces Cece to find a new husband online. She finds Sy, who sweeps her off her feet, but turns out to be vilely abusive. Cece, a former chemist, slips cyanide into his health cocktail and kills him. Cece is reluctant to return to OK Cupid, but Lois convinces her. This time Cece finds Karl, who is not physically abusive, but rather negligent and insensitive. Time for another cyanide smoothie. Lois suspects that Cece is dispatching of her husbands and tries to stop her friend before the police find out. However, Cece then meets the love of her life, Tim, who adores her and treats her tenderly, even when she admits of her diagnosis. When he discovers, however, that she had two previous husbands who died suddenly, he is hurt that she did not tell him. A dark cloud descends on their marriage. Distraught, Cece puts cyanide in her own smoothie and is about to consume it when suddenly Tim returns from work. Forgetful Cece sets down the glass and runs to the kitchen to stop his dinner from burning. Tim mistakenly drinks from the glass and perishes. Jade, the police inspector, finally catches on, and Cece is arrested. Lois visits her in prison to say goodbye, but Cece is already gone.
  • The Heiress and the Dancer
    IN DEVELOPMENT. Dorothea is a wealthy, blind divorcee in her 70s who has been living in isolation for decades. When a friend convinces her to underwrite a new dance troupe, she encounters Theo, a spirited young dancer. Theo befriends Thea and uses her mansion for elaborate performances and decadent parties. Dorothea is happier than ever--she feels young again and full of joy. Then she gifts Theo the carriage...
    IN DEVELOPMENT. Dorothea is a wealthy, blind divorcee in her 70s who has been living in isolation for decades. When a friend convinces her to underwrite a new dance troupe, she encounters Theo, a spirited young dancer. Theo befriends Thea and uses her mansion for elaborate performances and decadent parties. Dorothea is happier than ever--she feels young again and full of joy. Then she gifts Theo the carriage house of her estate. Suddenly, her estranged, suspicious son shows up with a surprise visitor designed to foil this new-found friendship.
  • Baby's First Madness
    10 MINUTE PLAY. Honoria has gone into labor but she's about to lose an 300-million-dollar real estate deal. If she could only get back to the office! Madcap delivery-room farce where everyone has their own interest: wife, husband, midwife, donut delivery guy, demigod purporting to be the real father--until the baby cops on to the madness...and makes a surprising maneuver.
  • Sorry Creature
    <10 MINUTES - SUITABLE FOR ZOOM. Creature crouches beneath the cupboards, calling out to their beloved chunk of cheese, abandoned on the other side of the kitchen. Creature wants to run back, but is too afraid of humans running in and out of the kitchen....and Mr. Pussy-woose! Can Creature find the courage to make a mad dash?
  • The Mitochondria
    10 MINUTES - SUITABLE FOR ZOOM. Chichi is angry at her boyfriend, Buzz, because he spit out his pizza in front of the music director who was going to give her the gig of her life. So she poisons him with an un-organic carrot.
  • Mother and Daughter
    10 MIN PLAY. Mother tries to curb obese teenager's eating habits. Resentful teen bullies mother cruelly. Mother finally caves...and there are dire consequences.
  • SMD
    10 MINS - SUITABLE FOR ZOOM. Judges Choice Award - Acronym Plays Contest 2020 @ Urban Stages, an off-Broadway theatre. On Sid’s first day at college, his Grandpa visits and helps him appreciate his awkward name.
  • Phil Rizzuto Gives Parenting Advice
    10 MINUTES. After a fly ball knocks him unconscious, Vinny meets the ghost of Phil Rizzuto, who gives him some advice on how to connect with his teenage daughter.
  • Young Men on a Train
    10 MINUTE PLAY. "Waiting for Godot" meets New Jersey Transit. Three drunk 21-year-olds, Connor, Dillon and Will, are taking the midnight train back home to the affluent suburbs. But before they get to Dillon's mom's house, they have to figure out how to get the vomit out of Connor's beard.
  • The Lovers
    IN DEVELOPMENT. "Betrayal" meets "Dangerous Liaisons" … but with lesbian cellists. "The Lovers" is a story of grand romantic deception told in reverse chronological order. The play opens with the passionate reunion of Anthony and Ren after a painful 10-month separation. Although in love with Ren, Anthony had refused, on his honor, to leave his wife, Jae … unless she took a lover,...
    IN DEVELOPMENT. "Betrayal" meets "Dangerous Liaisons" … but with lesbian cellists. "The Lovers" is a story of grand romantic deception told in reverse chronological order. The play opens with the passionate reunion of Anthony and Ren after a painful 10-month separation. Although in love with Ren, Anthony had refused, on his honor, to leave his wife, Jae … unless she took a lover, too. This has finally happened, freeing Anthony and Ren to be together again. What Anthony doesn’t know is that Jae’s lover was Ren, who pretended to fall in love with Jae in order to tear her away from Anthony.