The Ruby Sunrise is an inventive new drama by Rinne Groff. The play begins in 1927. A scruffy teenage girl hides out in a barn in rural Indiana, where she scrounges electronic parts and constructs the first television set. Could this have really happened? If this were the truth, how many people would be allowed to know about it?
From the compelling story of young Ruby in Act One, we are suddenly thrust into the world of 1950s New York and the Golden Age of Television. In this world, there are even more surprises. There are also lots of laughs, although these are painful at times. Looking back at the ludicrous conventions of 1950s TV, we wonder what we could have been thinking at the time.
Playwright Groff also makes us wonder what we're thinking now, as young Ruby explains how television will change the world.
A Southwest Regional Premiere! Directed by Gail Cronauer (Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage). December 4 - 14, 2008. Black Box Theatre.