2009 New Press & PublishingPresentation Transcript
NEW AWARDS, GRANTS, MEMBERSHIPS
2009 National Endowment for the Arts “Access to Artistic Excellence” award for SONGS & DANCES OF IMAGINARY LANDS, a sitespecific musical play (collaboration with composer O-lan Jones, Overtone Industries)
2008 Finalist for Collaboration Award/ New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media for WELLSPRING with Hourglass Group director/producer Elyse Singer
2008 National Endowment for the Arts “Access to Artistic Excellence” award for SEVEN/JOURNEYS with LaMama Experimental Theatre Club (collaboration with Afghani women’s rights advocate Farida Azizi)
New resident playwright with Chicago Dramatists 2009-2012
2008 Grainger Award , School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Songs & Dances of Imaginary Lands
(set design) Evidence Room, Los Angeles
including from: Chicago Tribune, LA Weekly, UK National Art Service, ABC News, Independent, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Sequenza21, Rochester Citypages, Foaia Transilvania (Romania) L’Argenteuil News (Montreal), Helexpo Today (Thessaloniki), Radiophone Greece, etc.;
Los Angeles Weekly
Theater Reviews: Monday, February 18, 2008 (Paul Birchall)
STADIUM DEVILDARE: BATTLE FOR G*DZILLA X Playwright Ruth Margraff's engrossing, surreal opus is an ungodly anime-style love child of Finnegans Wake and American Gladiators [and] jaw-droppingly weird fun. T he hilarious ensemble work boasts exciting turns…while the romance that develops between Game Boy and Lone Wolf is unexpectedly tender.”
Los Angeles Hit List: Feb. 8 by Roger Brigham, EDGE West Coast Editor Friday Feb 8, 2008
REALITY REDUX FOR GODZILLA:
In the fantasy world of "Stadium Devildare: Battle for G*dzilla X," stadium warriors battle for possession of the legendary protective suit of armor "Guts ’N Glory" that empowers any warrior wearing it to defeat the cryptic G*dzilla X, America’s greatest enemy….A multi-media spectacle of fierce combat, giant monsters, songs, super heroes and songs. Not to mention a comic love story featuring magic, skate ramps, anime and ninjas. "Stadium Devildare," Theatre of Note, 1517 Caheunga Blvd. Feb. 14 through March 22. Written by Ruth Margraff. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays 7 p.m. Tickets $18-22. (323) 856-8611. www.theatreofnote.com.
PERFORMING ARTS : Theatre
Stadium Devildare is "a tale of future sport... America to the extreme" — and indeed, Ruth Margraff's play pushes the country's obsessions (fame, violence, reality television) to their limits. As unsavory, gigantic creatures threaten humanity, our only chance to defeat them lies in Evel Knievel's legendary suit of armor, known as "Guts 'N Glory." In the contest that follows, four courageous (and/or psychotic) contenders vie for the treasured costume and its accompanying 15 minutes of fame, with the audience itself voting on which warrior will be left standing.
~ Mary Montoro
Artist in LA LA Land Greater Los Angeles Wednesday, February 27, 2008
"Stadium Devildare" : A Satirical Play About American Violence, Fame & Reality T.V.
This unusual play, "Stadium Devildare" by Ruth Margraff promises a bit of all things American: VIOLENCE, FAME & REALITY TELEVISION kno cked and brought down from their lofty positions . The setting is a future America where a gigantic creature is threatening humanity. To save the people a hero must be chosen to wear "Evel Knievel's legendary suit of armor, known as 'Guts 'N Glory.'" A contest ensues to find this hero. The play's audience gets to vote on who will do humanity the honor. It plays now through March 23rd at Theatre of NOTE (1517 Cahuenga Blvd, 323.856.8611).
Posted by Melissa Kojima at 8:42 AM
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
~ 9 NEW PUBLICATIONS
TDR / The Drama Review Fall 2009, Vol. 53, No. 3 (T203), pp2-3 New York University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Provocation: “ To ward a Neo-Cubist Alamkara Movement in a Reality-Programmed Theatre Near You ” 2009
Dramatists Play Service, Inc. “ Ni ght Wind ” a monologue for Farida Azizi for SEVEN and SEVEN the play by Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack and Susan Yankowitz, | Documentary | Full Length | 7 women | Flexible Set| A collaboration of seven award-winning women playwrights, (AVAILABLE NOW IN MANUSCRIPT, BOOK FORTHCOMING) Price: $20.00 ISBN: 978-0-8222-2351-1 2009
Applause Theater & Cinema Books/ DUO! The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century ; An imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation (NY) Ed. Joyce E. Henry, Rebecca Dunn Jaroff, Bob Shuman. “ Sh ut Up ” Elektra & Chysothemis from THE ELEKTRA FUGUES ISBN 978-1-55783-702-8 2009
Stockyard Magazine (Chicago) “Bo ok of Tea” from WELLSPRING 2009
Playscripts, Inc. ALL THOSE VIOLENT SWEATERS Summer 2008; ISBN:978-0970904645
Playscripts, Inc.: Actor’s Choice: Monologues For Women “Ho use ” excerpt from ALL THOSE VIOLENT SWEATERS ISBN:978-0970904645, Spring 2008
Romanian Cultural Institute / CUNY Martin Segal Press . Translation editing with Romanian playwright Saviana Stanescu ROMANIA AFTER 2000: FIVE NEW ROMANIAN PLAYS , the first publication of new plays from Romania in English, ISBN-10: 0979057019 2008
Performing Arts Journal: A Journal of Performance and Art - PAJ 86 (Volume 29, No, 2), DEADLY SHE-WOLF ASSASSIN AT ARMAGEDDON Martial arts performance text w/composer Fred Wei-Han Ho pp. 94-107 May 2007
American Theater Magazine Id entity Capers: The New Generation of Slovenian playwrights is not only interested in geo-political concerns ” May/June 2007
DEADLY SHE-WOLF ASSASSIN AT ARMAGEDDON performance text by Ruth Margraff, Fred Ho PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art Volume 29, Issue 2 - PAJ 86-May 2007 p.94 -1 07
roMANIA after 2000—Five New Romanian Plays
Translation Editors: Ruth Margraff and Saviana Stanescu
The first anthology of new Romanian drama published in the United States. It introduces American readers to five important emerging playwrights and their plays that address resonant issues of a post-totalitarian society on its way toward democracy and a new European identity, all of whom have already been involved in projects of Romanian-American exchange supported by RCINY: Stop The Tempo by Gianina C a rbunariu Romania. Kiss Me! by Bogdan Georgescu Vitamins by Vera Ion Romania 21 by Peca Stefan Waxing West by Saviana Stanescu. Edited by Saviana Stanescu and Daniel Gerould,
The anthology is a joint initiative of the Martin E. Segal Theater Centre and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York (RCINY), with support from RCI’s Translation and Publication Program.
ALL THOSE VIOLENT SWEATERS GENRE Dark comedy/Romance LENGTH Short, 35-60 minutes CAST 2 females, 1 male (2-9 actors possible: exactly 2 females, 0-7 males) SET Minimal. Flexible. NOTES Adult language and content. Edith and Patti-Jo attempt to come to terms with their post-high school friendship in a 1980s world of Harlequin romances, Hallmark sentiment, and marching band uniformed burglars. Patti-Jo marks time in her whirlwind life by a sequence of Senior pictures of her boyfriends until one tragic car accident, while Edith descends into the loneliness of mail order catalogs and knitted sweaters. The story that unfolds between the two girls moves like an X-ray of female friendship, and the tightly knotted bones of many things latent.
3 forthcoming publications
(forthcoming) Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict; A project of Theatre Without Borders, Coexistence International and The Alan B. Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence at Brandeis University . Chapter 9 HI DDEN FIRES: PeaceWorks’ invocation as Zize k ian response to the Gujarat massacres of 2002 (Calcutta, India) written with support from Anjum Katyal and Naveen Kishore/Seagull Foundation (INDIA) , 2010
(forthcoming) THE COLLECTED MARTIAL ARTS OPERAS OF RUTH MARGRAFF AND FRED HO; editor: Omi Oshi/Joni Jones to include VOICE OF THE DRAGON 1: Once Upon A Time in Chinese America; VOICE OF THE DRAGON 2: Shaolin Secret Stories; VOICE OF THE DRAGON 3: Dragon vs. Eagle; DEADLY SHE-WOLF ASSASSIN AT ARMAGEDDAN and songs “ Bl azing on the Turquoise Sea ” and “He ro of Heroes,” etc. 2010
(forthcoming) Yellow Power, Yellow Soul anthology. “ Oh the Hilt, the Hilt Again Please ” A glimpse inside the martial arts operas of composer Fred Ho & librettist Ruth Margraff, 2010