Season: 2012

Ruth Elodie King

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2013 in OSF Archives


While she may not be famous in the usual sense, Ruth Elodie King is a part of the history of the Festival, with a career spanning 38 years. She first began as a volunteer in Costumes in 1940, and eventually worked in almost every area of the Festival. In 1978 she made her stage debut as ‘Nanny’ in our production of “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” in the Black Swan Theatre.

Marigolds review

Review of Ms. Kings' performance.

She also made a set of dolls that were used by the Tudor Guild as decoration and advertising in their shop. Ms. King was also a member of the Fortnightly Study Club (later called the Ashland Study Club, and founded by Alice Applegate Peil) here in Ashland. Ruth passed away in 1983.

OSF Credits
Year, Production, Role

1978, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Nanny

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  • Ruth Elodie King was a charming woman. She bravely took on the role of playing an infirm, out of touch, elderly woman who shuffled along with a walker which was quite the opposite of Ruth’s sharp mind and engaging personality. As the stage manager for “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” I remember it was an adjustment for Ruth at 82 years old and a first time actor, to get used to how her character of Nanny was teased and insulted to by the other characters. Certainly no one had ever spoken to Ruth in that manner. Ruth, a very gentle and dignified woman, mentioned during the first rehearsals that being an actor took some getting used to. For someone born in 1896, she quickly adapted to this new acting environment and became a cherished cast member. Backstage in the dressing room Ruth fit right in with the other actors: Mimi Carr, Jahnna Beacham, Cameron Dokey and Kristin Patton. They all had a warm relationship with Ruth and enjoyed her company. The show was extended from the winter season through the entire summer season and played for a total of 100 performances. Ruth was always there, on time, ready to go and performed in all 100 performances.
    Kent ConradDec 13th, 2012 3:41 pm


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