Ruth and the Great Gust of Wind

Written by Noelle Ghoussaini

Dates: March 1, 2011 ( 7:30–9pm)

Language: English

Location: 64 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003


Ruth and the Great Gust of Wind tells the story of Ruth Reynolds, a pacifist from South Dakota, who was deeply involved in the struggle for Puerto Rico’s independence from the United States for over four decades. Although Ruth devoted much of her life to the Puerto Rican struggle, her story was very much an American one. Her work was rooted in a profound understanding of the founding principals of her nation and an irrepressible urge to see those fulfilled. The play traces her years in prison in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in the early 1950s and the journey that led her there. We learn of her intimate relationship with the infamous Pedro Albizu Campos, the leader of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party; her estrangement from her family and the many voices of the Puerto Rican independence movement that were silenced by deep rooted oppression on the part of the United States government.

About the Playwright

Noelle Ghoussaini is a playwright, director and arts educator. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Performance Studies and French and her MA in Arts Politics from NYU. Over the past five years, she has worked for numerous non-profit arts organizations in Chicago and New York City, teaching theatre, dance, photography and playwriting. After completing her Masters in May, she traveled to Palestine where she taught dance at the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin Refugee Camp. Her third original play, Ruth and the Great Gust of Wind premiered at Les Manouches Theatre’s “Between the Seas” literary reading festival in October of 2010. In March of 2011, she will be directing a short excerpt of the play for the director’s weekend at Culture Project’s Women Center Stage. She has directed and assistant directed for numerous theatre companies throughout New York City and is currently directing Marjuan Canady’s one woman satirical show, Girls! Girls? Girls, which is on tour at colleges and cultural centers throughout the country.


Jessica Shotwell
Mauricio Leyton
Tony Laurent
Jesse Myerson
Isaiah Johnson
Sol Crespo
Marisol Carrere
Rocio Lopez
Lauren Nixon


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