Karen Ruetz

Karen Ruetz

Karen, a native North Carolinian, now lives in Marietta, Georgia. Over twenty years ago, she auditioned for her first theatrical production, and she has been addicted to theatre ever since. Her comedies have been described as "a little bit of naughty and a whole lotta funny", while her dramas focus on issues of aging and relationships. She is a member of Working Title Playwrights and Merely Write in Atlanta.

Plays

  • The Art of Deception
    Lila, an Alzheimer’s patient, is discovering her artistic voice as her mind declines. When she gives her daughter her first completed painting, Jennifer makes a decision that starts an avalanche of lies and deceit that could ultimately end her career and her fragile relationship with her mother.
  • For A Good Time, Mary
    Described as a little bit naughty, but a whole lot of funny! When Ed gets laid off after 23 years, his wife Mary has no idea how they are going to make ends meet until he finds a new job. Mary has never worked outside the home, and she has Ed’s 84 year old mother to take care of. When her friend, Jenny, asks Mary to take over her side business while she’s on a cruise, Mary sees it as her opportunity to help...
    Described as a little bit naughty, but a whole lot of funny! When Ed gets laid off after 23 years, his wife Mary has no idea how they are going to make ends meet until he finds a new job. Mary has never worked outside the home, and she has Ed’s 84 year old mother to take care of. When her friend, Jenny, asks Mary to take over her side business while she’s on a cruise, Mary sees it as her opportunity to help meet the family’s expenses, but will she be able to keep it secret that she is now working as a Phone Sex Operator?
  • A Good Move
    It’s time to move Grammy out of her home and into the home of her son and daughter-in-law, and no one is very happy about the idea, especially Grammy. But when her landlord, Arnold, tries to put his “good moves” on both Mary and her daughter Sam, it might just be enough to bring the whole family together to have their revenge.
  • Common Ground
    Beth and Michael are facing a dilemma trying to find a place for their father to stay while he is undergoing cancer treatment. He is not an easy person to get along with, and Beth’s son, a transgender teen, dreads having his grandfather living in his home for the summer. Could something as simple as a book, help a teenager and his grandfather find common ground?
  • Sex and the Preacher
    Pastor Brownfield has the perfect life – a devoted wife, and the respect of his community. But, the Pastor has a secret and when he gets an email he may be forced to take desperate measures to avoid exposure.
  • Heart Attack
    Two women meet for the first time in a cardiac surgical waiting room. What will happen when they discover they are both waiting for the same man?
  • No More, Santa
    Mrs. Claus is not happy when she discovers Santa has been taking male sexual enhancement drugs. She goes to his urologists's office to confront his doctor, but will Mrs. Claus be able to maintain her composure or will she hit the roof?
  • Ice, Ice, Santa
    It’s getting close to Christmas, and Santa has his hands full. When an employee of Homeland Security (ICE) comes to verify documentation of Santa's elves, Santa and Mrs. Claus have to think fast or the elves will be deported.
  • The Scariest Animal Society
    The world's scariest animals have gathered for their annual meeting to choose the Scariest Animal to represent them for Halloween.