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Who Is Sarah Ruhl Anyway?

Curious about the super cool feminist who wrote Eurydice? We are too!

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The woman, the myth, and the legend: Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl, originally from Chicago, started "dramatic training" in the fourth grade. Her father was a toy manufacturer, with a love for the study of words, and her mother was an English teacher and an actress.

Becoming a playwright

She decided to attend Brown University (smarty pants) for poetry. While there, she studied under Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Paula Vogel. Vogel inspired Sarah to explore the dramatic world, and she was hooked! She started writing plays right away (thank goodness)!

(this is how Sarah writes plays, probably)

After receiving her MFA from Brown, she started gaining recognition for her work. She focused on stage adaptions for short stories and folklore. Her first big hit was The Clean House (2004), which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She has written at least 14 plays since her graduation from Brown.

Eurydice (hey, that's what we're doing!)

Sarah wrote Eurydice (2003) after her father passed away, as a way for her to continue to have conversations with him through the beautiful language of the show. Offering a new, female perspective on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Ruhl's play touches on the importance of communication, love, and the relationship between the living and the dead. (Check out this super sneak peak of our show poster!)

She's won a lot of awards. Like...a lot.

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2003: Whiting Award

2004: Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Clean House

2005: Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Clean House

2006: MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

2008: Helen Hayes Award for Dead Man's Cell Phone

2010: Lilly Award

2010: Tony Award Nomination for Best Play In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)

2016: Samuel French Award for Sustained Excellence in American Theatre

She also received...

PEN Center Award for a mid-career playwright, The Whiting Writers Award, The Feminist Press' Forty Under Forty Award, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.

Where's she today?

Today, Sarah serves as an executive council member of the Dramatists' Guild and is a faculty member at Yale School of Drama. She lives in Brooklyn with her family and is still writing. Her advice to aspiring artists today? "Find each other. Don't sit it your own room. Find the common room, which is called grace, which is called a theater. The room is also our country and we all belong here." Thanks for paving the way as a female playwright Sarah!

Come see Boston College Theatre's production of Eurydice Feb. 16-19.

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