From award-winning playwright Morgan Ludlow comes Ruth and the Sea, a holiday tale about a most unusual road trip. Ruth, a feisty Midwestern grandmother, has her Christmas party plans interrupted with news that she probably won't live to see the coming spring. Preferring madcap adventure over chemo, she grabs all the hard liquor, drains her bank account and convinces her rehab-skipping dope fiend grandson to embark on a cross-country trek to find the shoreside contentment of her youth. All the while, they're being pursued by Ruth's no-nonsense daughter-in-law, her over-protective ex, and a down-and-out Dolly Parton impersonator. Though at opposite ends of the spectrum, the old lady and the aging hipster find themselves bonding in unexpected ways, even as Ruth inevitably drifts into death. Never maudlin or predictable, Ruth and the Sea turns the American Christmas story on its ear, re-inventing archetypes and eschewing holiday schmaltz. Buckle up and take this life-affirming ride, departing from Seattle's Annex Theatre.
This production contains mature and often graphic subject matter and may not be appropriate for many children under the age of 12.