Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sarah Ruhl  

Pen Name: 

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: Wilmette, Illinois in 1974


Illinois Connection

Ruhl is originally from Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sarah Ruhl is a playwright and writer of other things. Her fifteen plays include In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), The Clean House, and Eurydice. She has been a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Tony Award nominee, and the recipient of the MacArthur "genius" Fellowship. Her plays have been produced on- and off-Broadway, around the country, internationally, and have been translated into many languages. Her book 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write was a New York Times Notable Book. Her other books include Letters from Max, with Max Ritvo, and 44 Poems for You. She has received the Steinberg Playwright Award, the Samuel French Award, Feminist Press Under 40 Award, the National Theater Conference Person of the Year Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, a Whiting Award, a Lily Award, and a PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for mid-career playwrights. She teaches at the Yale School of Drama, and she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Tony Charuvastra, who is a child psychiatrist, and her three children.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- ''100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write'', *New York Times Notable Book -- ''Letters from Max'', *KIRKUS BEST BOOK - 2018