RUBY SPARKS is the first screenplay written by ZOE KAZAN
by/Executive Producer). An acclaimed theater actress and 2005 graduate of Yale
made her New York stage debut in 2006 in the Off-Broadway revival of The Prime
of Miss Jean
Brodie opposite Cynthia Nixon. She continued to shine on stage in 2007, starring
in Jonathan Marc
Sherman's Things We Want, directed by Ethan Hawke, and Playwrights Horizons'
production of 100
Saints You Should Know, for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for
Featured Actress in a Play, as well as the Lucille Lortel Award nomination for
Actress. In January 2008, Zoe made her Broadway debut opposite S. Epatha
Merkerson in a revival of
William Inge's Come Back, Little Sheba. Following this role, Zoe was named the
recipient of the 2008
Clarence Derwent Award, honoring "the most promising female and male performers
on the New York
metropolitan scene." She is the only actor to be awarded the Derwent Award for
three roles in one
year: Come Back, Little Sheba; 100 Saints You Should Know and Things We Want.
Since then, she has
returned twice to Broadway: in 2009 as Masha in Ian Rickson's critically
acclaimed production of The
Seagull, opposite Kristin Scott Thomas, Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan; and
in 2010 in Martin
McDonagh's comedy A Behanding in Spokane opposite Christopher Walken and Sam
returned to Off-Broadway in the fall of 2010, starring as Harper in The
Signature Theatre Company's
revival of Tony Kushner's Angels In America.
Zoe is also a promising playwright, whose family drama Absalom was produced
at the Humana
Festival at the Actor's Theater of Louisville in 2009. Her second play, We Live
Here, was produced Off-
Broadway by The Manhattan Theatre Company in the fall of 2011, in a production
directed by Sam
Gold. As Zoe continues her success in the theatre, she also has been working
consistently on the big
screen. Zoe received high praise for her breakout role as Maureen Grube in Sam
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. She also
appeared in Paul
Haggis' thriller IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH with Charlize Theron, Gregory Hoblit's
Ryan Gosling, Rebecca Miller's THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE, Richard
Linklater's ME AND
ORSON WELLS, Josh Radnor's HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE, Kelly Reichardt's MEEK'S
CUTOFF with Paul Dano and Michelle Williams, and Nancy Meyers' IT'S COMPLICATED
Streep. Zoe was awarded Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film by the Tribeca
Film Festival in 2009
for her first starring role, in Bradley Rust Gray's THE EXPLODING GIRL. She also
four episodes of HBO's BORED TO DEATH, opposite Jason Schwartzman.
Since wrapping RUBY SPARKS, Zoe has acted in three independent films,
roles in the upcoming IN YOUR EYES, written and produced by Joss Whedon, and THE
ONE, written and directed by Jenee Lamarque and co-starring Jake Johnson.
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