Ruth, actress-playwright Enid Graham’s play about a woman’s mysterious upbringing and her unsteady new contact with the world at large, will be read 8 PM Aug. 5 in Los Angeles in the Sacred Monsters Summer Reading Series hosted by Angelica Page at The Source Spiritual Center in Venice, CA.
Sacred Monsters draws on Page’s years hosting cold readings at her former Torn Page Salon in New York, “gathering pieces she has workshopped at the Actors Studio and unearthing fresh new works by her favorite playwrights.”
Here’s how Ruth is characterized: “A young woman from a mysterious and sheltered background attempts to create a new life in modern day New York City. Along the way she encounters four people: Joan — a woman with a similar background who is helping her transition into her new life; Derrick — a lonely, underachieving co-worker in the photo/copy shop; Claire — a very friendly stranger on a mission of her own; and Toby — Claire’s friend who isn’t what he seems to be. All of the characters find themselves getting drawn to Ruth, each wanting to save or be saved by her. As we watch them struggle to connect, the play asks the questions that drove Ruth out into the fractured, abrasive world in the first place — Who am I? What do I believe? Is it possible to be alive and not be alone?”