Is a Brooklyn based actress by way of Buffalo, New York. She recently
appeared as Pascagoula in the feature film adaptation of the celebrated
novel THE HELP. She has had the privilege of collaborating with
director Ruben Santiago-Hudson on August Wilson's GEM OF THE OCEAN at
The McCarter and American Conservatory Theaters, SEVEN GUITARS at the
Signature Theatre, for which she won an Obie award for her performance,
Naomi Wallace's THINGS OF DRY HOURS at the New York Theatre Workshop,
receiving a Drama League nomination for distinguished performance and
most recently August Wilson's JITNEY at the Two River Theater in Red
Bank, NJ. Other theatrical credits include standing by for Viola Davis
in the 2010 Broadway revival of FENCES and the American premiere of
Athol Fugard's COMING HOME at the Long Wharf Theater. Off Broadway she
has also appeared in Love, Loss and What I Wore, Macbeth (TFANA) The
Heart is a Lonely Hunter (NYTW), The Cherry Orchard and Macbeth
(Classical Theatre of Harlem) and Pudd'nhead Wilson (The Acting
Company). Regionally she has performed at Berkeley Rep, The Kennedy
Center, Indiana Rep, Geva Theater, Old Globe, Alabama Shakespeare
Festival, Alliance Theater, Yale Rep and The People's Light and Theater
Company. Her film credits include SALT, Life During Wartime and Rachel
Getting Married. This past season she played Nurse Sulla on A Gifted
Man and has also appeared on The Big C, The Good Wife, The Jury and The
Sopranos. Ms. Ruff holds a MFA from the Institute for Advanced Theatre
Training at Harvard University.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, director of “The Piano Lesson,” and Brandon Dirden and Roslyn Ruff, who play the leads, discuss the play, the fourth play of August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle. “The Piano Lesson” is a moving drama of family, history, and survival. In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battle their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy – an antique piano. “The Piano Lesson” is playing at the Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.
Set in the 1920s, Their Eyes Were Watching God is the story of Janie Crawford – free-spirited and in search of life and her authentic self – as she undertakes an unexpected journey that includes marriages to three different men, challenging the morals and social expectations of the small Southern ...
Set in the 1920s, Their Eyes Were Watching God is the story of Janie Crawford – free-spirited and in search of life and her authentic self – as she undertakes an unexpected journey that includes marriages to three different men, challenging the morals and social expectations of the ...