Ruth Cantrell

Ruth Cantrell

Ruth Cantrell is an award-winning playwright. ("Stall Tactics" was awarded best play: Bishop Arts Theatre Center's 3rd Annual PlayPride LGBT Festival,“Back Home” was awarded best play: Rio Grande Play Festival and “The Stonecutter/El Cantero” was awarded Children’s New Script Award by the Southwest Theater Conference.) Her plays have been produced at the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival,...
Ruth Cantrell is an award-winning playwright. ("Stall Tactics" was awarded best play: Bishop Arts Theatre Center's 3rd Annual PlayPride LGBT Festival,“Back Home” was awarded best play: Rio Grande Play Festival and “The Stonecutter/El Cantero” was awarded Children’s New Script Award by the Southwest Theater Conference.) Her plays have been produced at the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival, American Southwest Theatre Company, the Dallas Theatre Center, Bishop Arts Theater Center, the Nashville Academy Theatre, the Creede Repertory Theatre, and universities around the country. “Remnants of a Dream” was one of three plays selected for the first annual Texas Playwriting Festival to be presented at Wordsmyth Theater Company in Houston in July 2015. Her children’s plays are published by YouthPLAYS. https://www.youthplays.com/
They include: “The Butterfly; Legends from the Middle Kingdom, ”https://www.youthplays.com/play/the-butterfly-legends-from-the-middle-kingdom-by-ruth-cantrell-159.
“Puss N.Boots,”
https://www.youthplays.com/play/puss-n.-boots-by-ruth-cantrell-174
“The Snow Queen"
https://www.youthplays.com/play/the-snow-queen-by-ruth-cantrell-176 and
“The Treasures of El Mundo”
https://www.youthplays.com/play/the-treasures-of-el-mundo-by-ruth-cantrell-316
In 2010, Ruth was selected to participate in the Kennedy Center’s Playwriting Intensive. Ruth is Emerita Professor of Theatre at New Mexico State University. In 2002, she received the state of New Mexico’s highest arts award, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. She is a member of Dramatists Guild of America and Actor’s Equity Association. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

Plays

  • COME TO YOUR SENSES
    A professor’s unconventional lecture on the senses includes dramatic and comic scenes and monologues about: life, loss and love.
  • THE DOG DAZE OF SUMMER
    Grieving and unable to cope with the loss of her beloved dog puts Summer at a crossroads. Will she detach or reconnect? A dramedy of Summer's journey of loss, reflection, discovery, and hope that pays homage to the unbreakable bonds between dogs and people.
  • CASSANDRA: an ongoing tragedy
    Crossing through eras and locales, Cassandra, the prophet from ancient Troy, interweaves Greek myths with modern stories of the atrocities of war, the slaughter of children, the plight of refugees, and the oppression of women.
  • STALL TACTICS
    MATTIE LOU holds a protest outside a department store’s gender-neutral restrooms. When an old high school acquaintance, BEV, has need of the facilities, sparks fly as each confronts the other’s “stall tactics” in this dramedy.
  • IT WAS A TUESDAY (formerly: A TOKEN OF LOVE
    Four New Yorkers lives are forever changed on that fateful Tuesday, September 11th. David’s lover died in the Twin Towers, Salimah’s patriotism is questioned, Clarice’s special needs child is born and Molly, the child of a NYC fireman, awaits her father’s return.
  • BACK HOME
    The Benton family reunion doesn’t include its matriarch, Mae, who is confined to her room at the senior center. Her granddaughter, Katy, takes matters into her own hands, returning with Mae to the old family home with devastating results.
  • A THING OF BEAUTY (formerly entitled: THE HANDS SHAPE
    Jennifer, an art historian, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Her late mother, Pat, had a similar diagnosis with devastating results on their relationship. Not wanting to repeat those mistakes, Jennifer uses unorthodox methods to reach out to her own daughter, Meghan, forcing them to reassess what is “a thing of beauty.”
  • SUCH STUFF
    Corporate funds from two rival cola companies provide much needed financial support for the Shakespearean Players’ production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Each cola company demands an “exclusive sponsorship clause,” which the Player’s ignore. When a representative from each company shows up at the same performance, by recasting, redressing, redirecting and other such stuff, the day is saved and the Shakespearean...
    Corporate funds from two rival cola companies provide much needed financial support for the Shakespearean Players’ production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Each cola company demands an “exclusive sponsorship clause,” which the Player’s ignore. When a representative from each company shows up at the same performance, by recasting, redressing, redirecting and other such stuff, the day is saved and the Shakespearean Players look forward to mounting their next project.
  • MOTHER'S GOOSE IS COOKED …………...AND OTHER NURSING RHYMES FROM THE OLDSHUE RETIREMENT HOME
    Set in a nursing home, where like children playing dress up, Mother Goose and her assistant portray various staff members and relatives, who interweave rhymes and games from childhood with four residents (Dottie Underhill, Jackie Sprat, Flo Jacobs, and Jo Peep). Over the course of several days, the monotony of routines, the bonds of old and new friendships, and the impending death of one of their own, forces...
    Set in a nursing home, where like children playing dress up, Mother Goose and her assistant portray various staff members and relatives, who interweave rhymes and games from childhood with four residents (Dottie Underhill, Jackie Sprat, Flo Jacobs, and Jo Peep). Over the course of several days, the monotony of routines, the bonds of old and new friendships, and the impending death of one of their own, forces the residents to reflect on their pasts, while coping with their limited futures. Mother’s Goose is cooked ….. and other Nursing Rhymes from the Oldshue Retirement Home is a comedy-drama episodic in structure, with heightened language and absurdist style.
  • REMNANTS OF A DREAM
    Calavera, a prominent figure in Dia de los Muertos, follows along the U.S./Mexico border to find remnants of dreams of those trying to cross to El Norte. Along the way, Miguel, a would-be immigrant, makes several attempts to cross. His dramatic story, as well as others from both sides of the U.S./Mexican border, is presented through narration, song and dance, blending imagery, pathos and humor in the style of magical realism.