Headspace: Conversations hosted playwright Ruby Rae Spiegel in collaboration with The NYUAD Theater Program and facilitated a staged reading of her newest work, Dry Land:
Set in the girls’ locker room of a Florida high school, Dry Land is a play about abortion, sexuality, bodies, swimming and an unlikely friendship put to the most extreme of tests. This coming of age story provides an insight into the turbulent and often painful experience of being a teenager and deals with the pressures of youth with an acute sensibility and laconic humour.
RUBY RAE SPIEGEL is a graduate of Yale University. Her Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nominated play, DRY LAND, premiered Off-Broadway in 2014 in a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at Colt Coeur, following development in New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater Readings Festival and the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Her play CARRIE & FRANCINE premiered in the Summer Shorts Festival in 2011 at 59E59 alongside work by Neil LaBute and Christopher Durang. Dubbed the prodigy of Summer Shorts by the Theatre Development Fund, she received a rave review in the New York Times for the piece and won Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights Inc.'s National Competition (her second consecutive win after 2010's ALL YE KNOW). Ruby currently writes for Netflix's forthcoming original series The OA.
Headspace: Conversations opens this semester with its first event "Breast Cancer Awareness"
This event is curated by Laura Evans, Caroline Gobena, Veronica Houk, Sachi Leith, Valentina Vela and the NYU Abu Dhabi Health and Wellness Centre.
Headspace Conversations is a series of community discussions about health and social issues at NYUAD. We are kicking this off on Saturday to discuss tips for breast health with the HWC, followed by a student-led conversation based on your questions about health and body issues on campus. Open to all genders.
Students are invited to submit anonymous questions regarding female health through an online survey powered by Suggestion Ox.