An industry reading of Citizen Ruth: An American Musical Comedy, based on the Miramax film, which featured a screenplay by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, will be presented in Manhattan March 10.
Citizen Ruth has a book and lyrics by Mark Leydorf and music by Michael Brennan. The invite-only reading precedes an anticipated Off-Broadway run this summer.
Directed by Tony Award-nominated director and choreographer Dan Knechtges, with musical direction by Angela Grody, the cast will be headed by Tony winner Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) with Janet Dickinson, Laurie Wells, Julia Murney, Pearl Sun, Emily Walton, Duke Lafoon, Jason “ST” Williams, Dennis Stowe, Kevin Zak, Alex Wyse and Kevin Ligon.
￼￼ ”Ruth Stoops, a homeless huffer, lands in jail (again), where she learns she is pregnant (again),” according to press notes. ”After the judge offers to go easy on her if she will get an abortion, Ruth finds herself in a pickle. A desperate jail-cell prayer is apparently answered when she's taken in by Norm and Gail Stoney, pro-life Christians with the local Babysavers chapter. Things go swimmingly until Ruth gets high and hits their young son. Another Babysaver, Diane, comes to the rescue, agreeing to take Ruth for a while. Turns out though, that Diane is a radical feminist lesbian in disguise, and she and her lover, Rachel, have their own agenda. Events soon spiral out of control, and the debate over Ruth and her pregnancy becomes national. Our heroine, meanwhile—crass, addicted, unloved and (almost) unlovable—gets lost in the shuffle. But Ruth has the last laugh....”
Citizen Ruth is produced by Christopher Allen and presented by TWEED TheaterWorks.