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Ruby Sunrise tells the story of two women as they seek recognition for their innovative work in early television.
Ruby Sunrise tells the story of two women as they seek recognition for their innovative work in early television.
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The ProudKate Theatre Project is comprised of a group of artists who focus on theatre that promotes women’s role in society, raises womens’ issues, and creates more work for female artists. We pair theatrical events with social and human interest issues. Our productions focus on strong women in classical or stylized settings.

Our show begins with Ruby, a grease-stained tomboy currently living her aunt’s barn after fleeing from her abusive father. This relationship has given her one good thing: an aptitude for science. This, combined with knowledge of electromagnetic radiation gleaned from Popular Mechanics, leads Ruby to create the first prototype of the television. Unfortunately, Ruby’s invention literally blows up, and the play flashes from her life in 1927 Indiana to her daughter Lulu’s life in 1952 New York City, the Golden Age of television. Lulu is a script coordinator who is putting her mother’s story into a teleplay; sadly, it’s rewritten to suit the standards of the day. The later scenes depict the (comedic) rehearsals and filming of the compromised, but ultimately approved, version of Ruby’s story. Overall, the play examines the dashed dreams and tarnished ideals of two generations of spirited Midwestern women.

The characters of The Ruby Sunrise are complex, but easy to understand.  Part of what makes this play so engaging is that the characters’ very strong needs are echoed by glancing looks at larger underlying themes: the country’s failure to harness advances in technology to socially progressive ends, the role of women in society, and what it means to be an artist.  It gives each character a potent, topical resonance, while making the larger issues personal.  Examination of the play gives way to examination of ourselves and our own roles in our daily lives.  By collaborating with us on this show, we can also build not just a production, but an awareness of the grand imperfections in our lives that stem from a cultural stagnation.

Now that we've told you why our work is necessary now, we can also tell you that it's an unparalleled amount of fun, an incredible experience - and, of course, enjoyable to watch!  We hope you enjoy the show!

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    Patron: One ticket to the Ruby Sunrise. Getting tickets this way costs less than paying at the door, and allows us to have cash on hand to supplement the design process and the audience experience.

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    Proud Patron: Two tickets to the Ruby Sunrise, program recognition, and an invitation to our Opening Night Gala. Hobnob with cast, crew and fellow theatre lovers over cocktails!

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    Artistic Associate: Everything we offer to our Proud Patrons, and a spot at our Rehearsal Reception, which is an opportunity to watch a professional stage play in rehearsal. Artistic Associates will also receive a poster signed by the cast and crew, and an invitation to the Closing Night cast party.

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    Producer: Everything offered to Design Associate above. In addition, Producers will be recognized as members of the production team in the program. Producers will also be invited into our tech week process to get a hands-on feel for how the design elements are fitted into a staged show.

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