Sarah Ruhl received the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2004 for her play The Clean House, which has been produced at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia, South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Her play Eurydice has been produced at Madison Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory
y, the play is as rich in thought as it is in feeling.—-Charles Isherwood, New York Times Its safe to say that In the Next Room goes where no Broad-way show has gone before. Ruhl presents something a lot more daring than nudity: womens discovery of their own bodies and their own pleasure... A play thats smart, delicate and very, very funny.—-Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post Ruhl has written a smart, charming, iridescently funny-serious jewel.—-John Simon, Bloomberg News/Bloomberg.Com A breathtakingly inventive addition to Ruhls singular body of work.—-Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times In the Next Room or the vibrator play hovers at the dawn of electricity when enthusiasm for the light bulb gave rise to a handy new instrument to treat female hysteria. Ruhl, with her singular theatrical lyricism, has crafted a masterful new comedy, which went on to become a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee for Best Play. Sarah Ruhls plays include, The Clean House (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award); Dead Mans Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play); Passion Play (Kennedy Centers Fourth Freedom Forum Play-writing Award); Eurydice; Melancholy Play; Late: a cowboy song and Orlando. She is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship.