Ruby O' Gray 
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Holds a BA in Theatre Management and Minor in African Studies from the University of Memphis. Former comedienne, longtime playwright of more than 60 plays,… More »


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Founder/Producer of Women's Theatre Festival of Memphi

Updated on June 12, 2014 at 5:22 PM

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Re: “Irene Crist Honored with Eugart Yerian Award for Lifetime Achievement in Memphis Theatre

Don't you just love, Irene? I am so glad that the Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis honored her on last year! Congratualations to a well-deserving lady for her years of GIVING to theatre.

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Posted by Ruby O' Gray on 08/07/2017 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Ostrander Award Nominees, 2017 — Community Division.

Been sick, but Ok yawl- validation may be for the majority, and it's nice. The time, the place, the number of people who are utilized for such may vary, but to me- it's a personal satisfaction of doing what I want when I want since I know the larger ones won't accept it. Doing it well, teaching some of those who have gone on to win Memphis Theatre Awards that became the Ostranders. I think that what others want is something posted for them to know guidelines. Every theatre company has their own mission- don't get mad about it- some of us, including me- got awards way back from those very entities. What if we all got mad because there are ONLY male reviewers for all the shows in Memphis? Come up with your own, an addition; an alternative. It's legal! I do know that there have been some great Indies-I don't like all of them, and the same goes for some of the larger productions. That has to do with our personal tastes. There are newbys, who feel there is no place for them- so they make their own- and they, too, have to or need to learn how to do it better. At times I have not liked both,... but like TP, who is a billionaire- he found his audience and fed them what they wanted or needed- he did what he wanted. I was NOT the fan, but there are some on tape as movies that I did like. I don't have the time to get mad about such. Someone will come up with what the Indie sole artists need to be recognized; others, I would say, need to learn and "gleen" from those who have been doing it. Nothing will be wrong with that... look at it as not opposed to, but addition to whenEVER the other recognitions are created. Actually there is one, but I, like many, have never known the indie guidelines for Ostranders- kind of a well-kept secret, and I have asked and gotten passed on to others to find out- so I stopped. When you are in that BIG ballgame- sometimes you don't see the other games that are being played-JUST be patient. Some people who have never worked in Indie to see what it's like. I know it happened recently with me- but they may have discovered that they don't want to ever do that- again. That's okay, it won't deter us who know that that may be the way in this city for many reasons... somebody's got to. Be happy for those who got recognized, and to those who don't feel validated without that recognition- start taking more stock in yourselves and find alternate ways- Oh to those who think they bought the stage and paid for it and no one else can get on it but YOU- (I hope no one does) help somebody, it might be a nice project once a year to be benevolent to those who are trying. Getting mad is Too Much Wasted Energy.

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Posted by Ruby O' Gray on 08/07/2017 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Memphis Theater Community Mourns Actor, Volunteer Ron Gordon

I have come to NOT react to grief immediately, but to look at it for what it is- and then access that person's impact on me. I chose to do what I do about any and everything- Write about it, b/c that's what writer's DO. The account of 3 tearful times concerning Ron Gordon is written in the program of Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis' production of "Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly," (May 13-21-Evergreen Theatre) and I will post on FB and other social media on Monday) I think to myself- a lot of people could say that title after the "Ron Gordon Experience" for many could not have accomplished much in Memphis Theatre without him; Ruby O'Gray

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Posted by Ruby O' Gray on 05/13/2017 at 5:08 AM

Re: “Distance at Theatre South

Sorry, a? Can the wheelchair riders get in the theatre?

Posted by Ruby O' Gray on 10/17/2014 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Overton Square's New Hattiloo Theatre is Ready for a Spotlight

Again, I say, "built from the ground up" may be an obvious statement of any edifice, but it is especially significant in the community of people of color. Perseverance, determination are the words that come to mind about Hattiloo Theatre. While independent theatre has been around for years in all ethnicities, African-American Theatre in Memphis has never had a brand new building. I shutter to think of the tears that will be shed from other artists and from my eyes, as well, as I look back to 1973 for me in theatre and even before as a youth with my present 65 years on this earth-when I only saw people of color on stage in church plays. I look forward to June 28, whether my health lets me be there in person or seen on the video & photos I know that my daughter will take. Congratulations, Ekundayo and all- as I remember the skinny young playwright I met in '91- to the still slim but wiser and powerhouse Producer/Visionary today! Ruby O'Gray

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Posted by Ruby O' Gray on 06/12/2014 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Legacies

I remember meeting her in the 70s, and being in two of her classes when I returned to college in my late 40s ( I'm not 61) She does not know how she challenged me, I think. I imitate Gloria from time to time, when I direct people who know her-her softspoken, yet emphatic voice, and the questions as to why a particular directing experimental location was chosen. I use these questions as a gauge to the work I do today. Gloria Baxter is not only a Memphis treasure, but a National one....Ruby O'Gray

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Posted by Ruby O' Gray on 03/23/2010 at 5:23 AM


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