Past Productions

Sappho Poster Low Res

Sappho …in 9 fragments
by Jane Montgomery Griffiths

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★★★★ Exeunt Magazine: “Jessica Ruano’s direction focuses so keenly on the physical, that it’s as much a piece of choreography as a text; I believe Sappho, a great proponent of both the direct and the sensual in poetry, would unreservedly approve. No part of the space is not explored, no shape of the body not attempted.”

★★★★ Broadway Baby “Utterly spellbinding… Victoria Grove’s performance oozes luxury. Sensuous and husky, listening to her delivery of the euphonic script feels like it should be a forbidden pleasure. Effortlessly athletic, she swings, stretches, swoops about the stage.”

Fully Fringed: “Director Jessica Ruano, an Ottawa native with many successful projects under her belt, has brilliantly brought together the perfect harmony of a well-written piece, powerful acting, beautiful choreography, and superior staging. This is really, really, just a beautiful and well-crafted piece of theatre. Go see it.”


Director of 'As You Like It' by William Shakespeare, at The Rose, Bankside, October 1 to 26, 2013

As You Like It
by William Shakespeare

The Rose Playhouse

★★★★ Plays to See: “Jessica Ruano’s breezy, funny, disquieting, seventy-five-minute production is no quaintly abridged Lamb Tale. Shakespeare has been edited, to such excellent effect that I can’t remember why I ever thought Touchstone was important.”

★★★★ Views from the Gods: “Never one to shy away from risk-taking, Ruano has trimmed a few subplots, hacked away at the cast list and done away with the famous (but overlaboured) epilogue. Initially we’ve left with a sense of loss – is that really it? – but on reflection, all threads are tied up: it’s a bold but neat adaptation.”

DIVA Magazine: “Ruano has achieved something rather incredible by succeeding in distilling a comedy of all its humour, and instead presenting a dark tale of obsession, love and survival.” … “Bizarrely, it works.”



Win or Die PosterWIN OR DIE: A woman’s odyssey through theatre

Tristan Bates Theatre

Inspired by the Marquis de Meurteil’s infamous creed, ‘WIN OR DIE’ presents some of the sharpest and boldest female characters in dramatic history.

From Shakespeare to Mamet, this showcase observes women who employ sexuality as strategy in an all-consuming game of chess with consequences.

Remote Goat: “The final scene, ‘Checkmate’ by Jessica Ruano, was a particular favourite and something I would like to see more of.  The dry, witty nature and strong character differentials allowed the actors to play, and it was clear they were having fun with it.”