“Making Folk Happy” is a stage play written and directed by Ruby O’Gray of Memphis, and is presented by Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre Company. This play has two more performances in its world premiere. They are August 29, 2015 at 7 p.m. and August 30 at 3:30 p.m. at TheatreWorks. Ruby O’Gray describes this show.
“A woman of questionable morals, two “countrified” sisters from hard time Mississippi, and the residents of a home for the wayward find themselves together in the big city of Memphis. Their desires involve the happiness of others ….. only they soon discover that it’s not all that easy to achieve or to understand.”
The cast for this play includes Lazora Jones, T.C. Sharp, Jeneka Redmon, Chrissa Norment, Mary Pruitt and Precious Morris.
Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15for seniors, students and military personnel. For reservations call (901)946-6140. TheatreWorks is located at 2085 Monroe Ave., Memphis, Tennessee.
About Ruby O’Gray
Ruby O’Gray has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Management and a Minor in African Studies from the University of Memphis. Her entertainment career began when she was only five, and began dancing lessons. She has since performed as a comedienne, a playwright, who has written more than 60 plays. Ruby has also written a book, and is a poet, singer, and of course, is a director and producer. She also loves working with, and teaching children in youth theatre.
Recently Ruby posted the following statement in Facebook that is so true.
(Reprinted with permission from Ruby O’Gray.)
‘I was approached about the fact that Memphis Theatre seems very “territorial” or polarized, and what did I think. I think that…oops, that’s an evening’s discussion and possible donation night for the reps from varied theatre companies- but I do think at present, work in theatres is about focus of theatre/ arts organizations and companies, story interests, but also knowing your target audience. I think we all in the arts should see EVERYTHING! You can learn from it, I know that I did, and still become inspired by everything that I see from costuming, direction, lighting, sound, and that has nothing to do with what the question implies. I hope to see audience viewing good content, good story lines- good acting. The insurgence of indecent theatre & other arts organizations gives choices to those who once felt they could only look to status quo for roles. This is a good thing- no matter the ethnicity. When we think of movies, there may some frequented by my one ethnicity over another, but the real goal is its appeal- is it A Good movie, does it have mass appeal? I think it’s a question for a good evening of objective theatre aficionados, but I think Memphis has begun to move in all directions that some theatre companies had already moved toward long ago.”
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