Ruth Tang

Ruth Tang

Ruth Tang is a playwright & poet, raised in Singapore and based in New York City. They are a 2020/21 New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow, and a member of the Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers' Group 2020-21. Their past work includes Bad Chinese (Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival, 2018) and Building A Character (Wild Rice Singapore, dir. Mei Ann Teo, 2018). Their play FUTURE WIFE was presented...
Ruth Tang is a playwright & poet, raised in Singapore and based in New York City. They are a 2020/21 New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow, and a member of the Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers' Group 2020-21. Their past work includes Bad Chinese (Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival, 2018) and Building A Character (Wild Rice Singapore, dir. Mei Ann Teo, 2018). Their play FUTURE WIFE was presented in a Weird Hypertext version at Corkscrew Festival 2020. MFA: The New School for Drama.

Plays

  • FUTURE WIFE
    A romantic tragedy about goats and the economy. On a production line, which is also the entire world, a woman and a goat meet and fall in love, despite the blood. Despite the knives. In the distant past, and the far future, choruses of pirates and goats convene to discuss important questions about their societies: Is this the best economy we could invent? Who invented it? Who must die to keep the economy...
    A romantic tragedy about goats and the economy. On a production line, which is also the entire world, a woman and a goat meet and fall in love, despite the blood. Despite the knives. In the distant past, and the far future, choruses of pirates and goats convene to discuss important questions about their societies: Is this the best economy we could invent? Who invented it? Who must die to keep the economy running, and how can we make those deaths as invisible and exciting as possible?
  • the fucking tent
    Norihiro wants to leave his body. He's tired of his office job and his wife and secretly fucking his lover Takuma in a children's tent. He's in luck: there's someone willing to take his body over, to become him. So he goes.
  • the children
    Three children tell one another stories, memories, fabrications: they can't be quite sure which is which. Alaya remembers a teacher and a horse with a very big machete; Simon remembers a park and ice cream and a friendly man; Eka remembers baby tigers and blood. Maybe all of the stories are true. Maybe none of them are.
  • Bad Chinese
    So you've decided you want to become a Good Chinese person. Tired of not being able to speak your own language? Tired of being judged by those who look like you? Excellent. You're ready to purge the Bad Chinese, become Good – and you've come to the right place.