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Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel

3 June 2019

“Tender, caustic, funny and harrowing,
often all at the same time”
– New York Times

Wakey, Wakey by Will Eno

Capital T presents

Dry Land

by Ruby Rae Spiegel

Directed by Cheryl Painter

June 6th-15th

Thursday – Saturday at 8pm

Special performances: Sunday June 9th at 8pm; Saturday June 15th at 2pm.

Hyde Park Theatre    511 W 43rd St

Only 8 Performances over 2 weeks!

Ester is a swimmer trying to stay afloat. Amy is curled up on the locker room floor. Dry Land is a play about abortion, female friendship, resiliency, and what happens in one locker room after everybody’s left.

Set largely in the girls locker room of a Florida high school, this portrait of an unlikely friendship under uncommon pressure is tender, caustic, funny and harrowing, often all at the same time. Cheryl Painter directs this timely production that details the limited options young women face in crisis.

DRY LAND is the first full-length play from American playwright Ruby Rae Spiegel. Spiegel was only 21 when ‘Dry Land’ was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and its premiere production received a five-star review from the New York Times, calling the play “remarkable… caustic, funny and harrowing.” ‘Dry Land’ has gone on to receive acclaim across the US, UK and Australia.

WARNING: MATURE CONTENT (probably not suitable for young audience members)

Running Time: 90 Minutes without intermission


Amy Anikka Lekven

Ester – Amara Johnson

Reba – Lucy Abramowitz

Victor – Preston Ruess

Janitor – Travis Dean

Ruby Rae Spiegel – Playwright

Ruby Rae Spiegel is from Brooklyn, New York. Her first play, CARRIE & FRANCINE, was selected for the Off-Broadway Summer Shorts 5 Festival. Her most recent play, DRY LAND, was produced at the HERE Arts Center by downtown theater company, Colt Coeur, and was developed at New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Summer Theater Session as well as the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Ruby is a graduate of Young Playwrights Inc. and is also a recent graduate of Yale College