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Encyclopedia > Ruth Draper

Ruth Draper (December 2, 1884 - December 30, 1956) was an American dramatist. She specialized in character-driven monologues and monodrama. Her best known pieces include "The Italian Lesson," "Three Woman and Mrs. Clifford" and "A Church in Italy." Draper's live performances captivated audiences all over the world. Such theatre legends as George Bernard Shaw, Thornton Wilder, John Gielgud, Katharine Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, Laurence Olivier, and Uta Hagen were among those dazzled by her art. Henry James, Henry Adams, and Edith Wharton were equally impressed. Draper died in 1956, aged 72, just hours after giving a performance on Broadway. A monologue is a speech made by one person speaking his or her thoughts aloud or directly addressing a reader, audience or character. ...


Recordings of Draper's monologues, which are still available on compact disc, have influenced many contemporary writers and performers, including Lily Tomlin, Mike Nichols, Julie Harris, Simon Callow, Emma Thompson, Charles Busch, David Mamet, Julia Sweeney and John Lithgow.


References

  • Biography from drapermonoglogues.com
  • Legacy from drapermonologues.com

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Ruth Draper Monologues (564 words)
In the last years of her career, in the early 1950s, Ruth Draper was persuaded by Charles Bowden that facing the publicity monster was a necessary component to achieving healthy box office returns.
Outside of Draper's own letters, most of what is known about her working style comes from print interviews published during this period.
One of Draper's most rare early discussions of her work took place in Boston in 1925 for a story that appeared in The Transcript.
Floridian: Resurrecting a legend (1279 words)
The monologues of Ruth Draper, a character actor who was in her prime in the 1920s and '30s, are preserved in a new CD set.
Draper's legacy is most strongly carried on by Lily Tomlin, who first heard her in the 1960s on an LP she found at the Detroit Public Library.
Born in 1884, Draper was something of a social pioneer, considering that she was a member of the New York elite who took to the stage at a time when it was very much not the thing for a well-bred young woman to do.
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