Sarah Ruhl

Sarah performed at a SpeakTogether student matinee at Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood, Brooklyn, on September 26, 2018, speaking on the theme, “A Place for Us.”

Sarah Ruhl is a Pulitzer-Prize and Tony Award-nominated American playwright whose sometimes-surreal work has been produced  by Lincoln Center Theater, Playwright Horizons, Yale Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, and other companies.

Sarah originally intended to be a poet but turned to drama after studying with Paula Vogel at Brown University. In 2003, she won the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award and the Whiting Writers’ Award. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006 and is also the recipient of the PEN/Laura Pels Award for a mid-career playwright, the Feminist Press’ Forty Under Forty award, and the 2010 Lily Award.

Her plays, which she says “celebrate the pleasure of heightened things,” include In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House; Passion Play, a cycle; Dead Man’s Cell Phone; Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando, Demeter in the City, Late: a cowboy song, Three Sisters, Stage Kiss, and Dear Elizabeth. Her essay collection, 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write, was recently published by Faber and Faber.

She is currently on the faculty at Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

In her own words: “Cell phones, iPods, wireless computers will change people in ways we don’t even understand. We’re less connected to the present. No one is where they are.”

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