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Kathy Rucker

Kathy Rucker

I am a graduate of UC Berkeley and for the last fifteen years I have worked as a commercial producer. Initially I was a staff producer at Colossal Pictures, but after their unfortunate demise I went freelance. As fun as production was, I needed to use the creative side of my brain. I began taking playwriting classes. My first play, Beautiful Scar, was a finalist at the 2004 Humana Festival Ten-Minute Play Contest. My next play, Chop Shop, earned me an invitation to the Sewanee Writers Conference at the University of the South where I workshopped the play with Romulus Linney and Dan O’Brien. In 2004, I was selected to participate in San Francisco Playground, an organization that supports and develops new playwrights. In 2008, I completed a full-length, six-character play called Sultan’s Battery.

 

Sultan’s Battery

Sultan's Battery is a modern, philosophical “whodunit” that takes place in a train station in Madras, India. Ray, a naïve, young American, has come to India to participate in the first Virgin Mary of Fatima Festival in Sultan’s Battery. Unfortunately, someone has stolen his one-of-a-kind statue of Mary. In the meanwhile, a young Hindu god has been challenged by Ganesh to prove her point that gods are no longer relevant to the mortals on earth. If she is right, the heavens are hers to rule. Mira, the ticket agent, has heard second-hand about this divine challenge from the lovelorn Officer Puri. Suspecting that the missing statue is part of the plot, she does everything she can, including turning her back to love, to prevent this heavenly coup.