We are thrilled to announce that Ruth Margraff is a client of the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency
“Ruth Margraff is a playwright with a singular voice whose work pushes boundaries... challenging any expectations we might bring” ~The Brooklyn Rail (NYC)
“Ruth Margraff is a powerful voice in contemporary American theatre”
~The Telegraph (Calcutta INDIA) ~
“Ruth Margraff has the mentality of Thomas Merton eating alive William S. Burroughs...a savage imagination and a very sweet affect”~NPR's All Things Considered: Rebellion in Regional Ranks
“Ruth Margraff is shaping the future of American theatre…a warrior riding the vanguard of New Wave opera...She travels everywhere, like an electrifying idea...”
RUTH MARGRAFF (librettist/lyricist/playwright) has been called a leader in new American opera for her “audaciously original" (Moscow Times) use of lyric language that provide Fulbright Foundation: New Opera (Athens, Thessaloniki, Paros & Crete, GREECE), etc. etc. “layer after layer of richly textured emotion...and imminent danger” (Dallas Morning News). Critically acclaimed for writing martial arts operas Deadly She-Wolf… and a Voice of the Dragon trilogy with the late composer Fred Ho for the Apollo, Guggenheim Museum, LaMama, Brooklyn Academy of Music she enjoyed commercially successful tours through Columbia Arts Management, Inc. to 33 cities in 2003 with support from ICM Artists and the World Music Institute. Ruth’s Night Wind from Afghanistan for the play SEVEN, has toured the world since 2008, introduced in 2010 by Hillary Clinton with Meryl Streep at the Broadway Hudson Theater. And her Café Antarsia Ensemble created PREVIOUSLY BLUE (Dah Teatar, Serbia; 7Stages, Atlanta; Coe College/ Marquis Series, Dows Theatre, Iowa; Links Hall); THREE GRACES, WELLSPRING and JUDGES 19: BLACK LUNG EXHALING which have toured all over the US and: internationally: Azerbaijani National Theater and International Mugham Center (Baku, AZERBAIJAN), Bibliotheca Alexandrina International Summer Festival (Alexandria, EGYPT), Cairo Jazz Club (Cairo, EGYPT), Accidental Festival/Institute for Contemporary Arts (London, UK), Festivalul International de Teatru de la Sibiu Festival, National Theater of Cluj Euphorion Studio (Sibiu and Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA); Novaja Drama Festival/Moscow Art Theatre/Golden Mask, Club B2 and Bolshoi Zal (Moscow, RUSSIA); BELEF/Beogradski Letnji Festival, Dah Teatar/Rex Centre (Belgrade, SERBIA); Festivale des Concerts a l'Anglicane Holy Trinity de Lakefield (Montreal, QUEBEC); Junction Arts Festival Centerstage (Toronto, ONTARIO), Karantena Performing Arts Festival (Dubrovnik, CROATIA); PreGlej Na Glas!/Wax Factory (Ljubljana, SLOVENIA); Artemovszk 38 Flagship/Danube River and Trafó-Kortars Muveszetek Haza (Budapest, HUNGARY); Pøíští Vlna-Next Wave Festival, Rock Café Praha, Klub v Jeleni (Prague, CZECH REP); Skek Café (Amsterdam, NL) Rebetiko Music Festival/Melina Mercouri Hall, Hydra International Arts Festival (Isle of Hydra, GREECE); Municipal Library for Mayor of Paros (Isle of Paros, GREECE); Finikas Taverna (Isle of Crete, GREECE); Aymakent, Hotel Uyan (Istanbul, TURKEY); etc. with awards from American Composers Forum, TCG/International Theater Institute, Trust for Mutual Understanding of New York, Arts International, JPMorgan Grant for Small Ensembles, Meet the Composer Global Connections.
Recent work includes her FANTASY ISLAND FOR DUMMIES (lowcut daydream too near, too near) premiering Sept 29-Nov 5, 2016 at Trap Door Theater, following her acclaimed 2012 production of ANGER/FLY devised also with director Kate Hendrickson (Chicago). She developed her new opera THE PASSION OF LEYLA with an NEA Artworks commission at San Jose Stage Company this summer; and her LOCKET ARIAS with Nautilus’ Rough Cut new opera series and Opera on Tap (Minneapolis/St. Paul); FLEUR DE LYS for the Union Stockyards Ballroom/Great Plains Theater (Omaha), THE ELEKTRA FUGUES 2016 Varna International Theater Festival with Peculiar Works Project (Bulgaria); WILD RICE and FLIGHT for choreographer Peggy Choy at UW/Native Nations Summit Fluno Center (Madison); ANNE UNDER PARIS SKIES for Jason Phelps' 2014 Feast of My Heart at Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin); and “All Of This” for a 2014 US/Russia playwrights' exchange curated by Ksenia Dragunskaya at Boyarskiye Palaty (Russia). Ruth has received awards from Rockefeller, McKnight, Jerome, NEA, TCG, TMUNY, NYSCA, IAC, Fulbright foundations, and is also published by Innova Records, Dramatists Play Service, American Theatre, Theater Forum, Performing Arts Journal, Playscripts, Inc., Backstage Books, Autonomedia, New Village Press, NoPassport Press, Lexington Books/Roman & Littlefield. She’s a member of Theater Without Borders, League of Professional Theater Women, Red Tape Theater, a New Dramatist and Playwrights’ Center alumnae, a Chicago Dramatist playwright emeritus, and Professor and Chair of the Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. www.RuthMargraff.com
~The Austin Chronicle~
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