Ruth Zamoyta

Ruth Zamoyta

Scripts available upon request to woodthrush@gmail.com. Ruth Zamoyta received a 2018 New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship on the merits of her first play, "The Caregivers." She has published several poems, poetry anthologies, and a novel. 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...
Scripts available upon request to woodthrush@gmail.com. Ruth Zamoyta received a 2018 New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship on the merits of her first play, "The Caregivers." She has published several poems, poetry anthologies, and a novel. 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 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 Fencers
    2019 Semi-finalist - Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Maddie gives up custody of her chronically ill son, Petie, to his dead-beat dad so she can train for a spot on the USA “Veteran” (age 50 and up) Women’s Fencing Team. She returns to the circuit but is knocked out of the standings by Donna, a transgender woman, who had been a junior national champion in the men's division many years ago. Maddie's...
    2019 Semi-finalist - Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Maddie gives up custody of her chronically ill son, Petie, to his dead-beat dad so she can train for a spot on the USA “Veteran” (age 50 and up) Women’s Fencing Team. She returns to the circuit but is knocked out of the standings by Donna, a transgender woman, who had been a junior national champion in the men's division many years ago. Maddie's fencing friends want Donna disqualified, but Maddie sees her as an exceptional athlete and a woman who had to fight the world to be true to herself. Admiring Maddie's passion for fencing and seeing in Petie a reflection of her own son whom she failed to love, Donna shows Maddie how she can be a fencer and a mother at the same time. Together, the two friends carry Team USA to victory.
  • The Incels
    Three men grapple with lovelessness and hopelessness: TOM, a penniless, kissless virgin in his 20s who haunts the bridges of NYC; DERRICK, a trapping, hunting, fishing hermit who joins a gym and finds--and stalks--the love of his life; and PAT, a MGTOW ("Men Going Their Own Way") taking an online course in the philosophy of suffering and trying to help his fellow incels find hope.
  • The Heiress and the Dancer
    IN DEVELOPMENT. Dorothea is a wealthy old divorcee, trapped in a melancholy that prevents her from leaving her estate. When her friend John convinces her to attend a gala in his deceased wife's honor, she meets Theo, a spirited young dancer and ne'er-do-well who convinces her to fund a dance troupe, hold performances on her estate, and raunchy parties. The two become extraordinary friends and Dorothea...
    IN DEVELOPMENT. Dorothea is a wealthy old divorcee, trapped in a melancholy that prevents her from leaving her estate. When her friend John convinces her to attend a gala in his deceased wife's honor, she meets Theo, a spirited young dancer and ne'er-do-well who convinces her to fund a dance troupe, hold performances on her estate, and raunchy parties. The two become extraordinary friends and Dorothea has never been happier. When she gifts Theo a section of her property on his birthday, Dorothea's estranged son Jeremy appears and tries to separate the two friends, suspecting that Theo only wants to leech off his mother. Jeremy succeeds by digging up Theo's mother, Claire, a sharp-tongued indigent alcoholic. When Claire announces she is dying of cancer and needs help, Theo disappears, unable and unwilling to aide a mother who neglected, deprived, and abused him in his youth. Jeremy has succeeded in banishing Theo, but not Claire. Dorothea helps Claire through her illness and Claire helps Dorothea find the will to revive the dance troupe and dance, herself. Jeremy sees that although he drove Theo out of his mother's life, he cannot drive out Theo's spirit. He relents and joins in the final dance.
  • The Widow
    Currently being developed in the NJ Women Playwrights Program. Cece, in her early 60s, is diagnosed with dementia. Her husband and only child had died a long time ago, so Cece faces an uncertain future. Lois, her long-time friend—the only one left in the gentrified neighborhood—convinces Cece to find a husband online. She finds Sy, who sweeps her off her feet and dumps money on her, but on their wedding he is...
    Currently being developed in the NJ Women Playwrights Program. Cece, in her early 60s, is diagnosed with dementia. Her husband and only child had died a long time ago, so Cece faces an uncertain future. Lois, her long-time friend—the only one left in the gentrified neighborhood—convinces Cece to find a husband online. She finds Sy, who sweeps her off her feet and dumps money on her, but on their wedding he is vilely abusive towards her. After continuing abuse, Cece, a former chemist, slips cyanide into his health cocktail. 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 health cocktail. 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 did not tell him about the previous husband who died suddenly, he is hurt and 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. Cece sets down the glass and forgets about it. 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's mind is already gone.
  • Baby's First Madness
    Honoria has gone into labor but she's about to lose an 800-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.
  • Young Men on a Train
    "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.
  • Mother and Daughter
    Mother tries to curb obese teenager's eating habits. Resentful teen bullies mother cruelly. Mother finally caves...and there are dire consequences.
  • The Lovers
    "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...
    "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.