october, 2018

30oct6:00 pm9:00 pmPrivate Reading: Ruth Zamoyta's "The Widow"

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Ruth Zamoyta’s “The Widow”
Part of our New Jersey Women Playwrights Project

In 2016 Ruth Zamoyta wrote her first play, The Caregivers. It won her a 2018 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship and was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. She figured, hey, I’m not too bad at this playwriting business.

The Caregivers had two script-in-hand readings at Luna Stage Company of West Orange, NJ, in June 2018. Ruth is now working on four full-length plays and a screenplay, and she has written a couple of disturbing 10-minute plays meant to challenge and amuse the fine actors of America.

Before she discovered the wonderful world of playwriting, Ruth published occasional poetry and an impenetrable novel, clarissa@loveless.com, that was published online in serial installments by classicnovels.com in 2001. She has read her poetry at the New York Poetry Festival, the National Arts Club, Cornelia Street Café, Princeton Public Library, and other venues. It has been published in various journals and anthologies, including two she co-edited: Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems (Ragged Sky Press 2009) and Blanket Stories (Ragged Sky Press 2014). She self-published a volume of poetry, ‘Otsu’ and Other Poems, in 2006.

Ruth holds a bachelor’s degree in English summa cum laude from St. John’s University, a master’s in English from NYU, and a master’s in Strategic Communications from Columbia University. She has worked in fundraising and communications for the arts and higher education, and is now Deputy Director of Development at South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Ruth was born in Jamaica, Queens, but considers her hometown to be Lake Clear Jct., an unassuming crossroads in the middle of the Adirondack wilderness where she spent every summer of her childhood. In 2010 she won the Cynthia Carter Memorial Trophy, awarded to the top U.S. woman épéeist over 40. Ruth has three interesting children, two of whom have escaped, but one is still stuck with her. They live in Millburn, New Jersey, with a cat and a few struggling houseplants.

Ruth is a member of the International Centre for Women Playwrights and The Dramatists Guild, and is honored to have been recently tapped for New Jersey Writers Theatre’s NJ Women Playwrights program and Art House Production’s INKubator workshop.


(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST


Ripley-Grier Studios

305 West 38th Street


Writers Theatre of New Jerseyinfo@wtnj.org 28 Walnut St. Madison, NJ 07940

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