ruth tang

ruth tang

ruth tang writes plays & poetry and makes weird internet experiments out of Brooklyn, NY. Their play FUTURE WIFE was selected for the 2022 Theatertreffen Stückemarkt in Berlin. They are a member of the New Georges Jam, under commission from Long Wharf Theatre + NAATCO, and a recipient of the Sundance Institute Interdisciplinary Program Grant. In the recent past, they've been part of Clubbed Thumb’s...
ruth tang writes plays & poetry and makes weird internet experiments out of Brooklyn, NY. Their play FUTURE WIFE was selected for the 2022 Theatertreffen Stückemarkt in Berlin. They are a member of the New Georges Jam, under commission from Long Wharf Theatre + NAATCO, and a recipient of the Sundance Institute Interdisciplinary Program Grant. In the recent past, they've been part of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers' Group & NYTW’s 2050 Fellowship. Their past work includes FUTURE WIFE: Party in A Google Sheet (New Georges; Corkscrew Festival 4.0), Bad Chinese (Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival), and Building A Character (Wild Rice Singapore). MFA: The New School of Drama.

Plays

  • Isabel
    It's the staircase in the woods again. You know the one. Mysterious, abandoned, the one everyone says you shouldn't climb. Well—maybe if you did, everything would be different. Maybe you would become something else entirely. Something you've always feared you secretly already were.
  • 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?
  • WORK HARD HAVE FUN MAKE HISTORY
    This play is not about Amazon, and certainly not about Jeff Bezos. It is also not about Elon Musk. It is an exhaustive catalogue of all the possible kinds of phone calls that exist: pleas for help to customer service, phone sex with familiar strangers, futurebabies filing complaints about being born, and cold calls from prophets warning about events that are - oops - happening right now.
  • 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.