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Uncensored with Sandra Ruiz

Sandra is a veteran of San Diego theatre, but The Motherf**ker with the Hat is Sandra’s debut at Cygnet Theatre. We sat down with her to find out what scares and excites her about this uncensored character and play.

SandraRuizSandra Ruiz (Veronica)

Born and raised in San Diego, Sandra Ruiz received a BA in Theatre and another in Human Development from UCSD. She has worked in the theatre as an actor, director, playwright, teaching artist and costume designer. Sandra was last seen on stage as Young Dedé and The American Woman in In the Time of the Butterflies at the San Diego Repertory Theatre. Recently, she directed the West Coast premiere of Tricks at the 10th Ave. Theatre. A few of her favorite roles include Lupe & Others in Expecting Isabel (Moxie Theatre); Lady Akin in Earthquake Sun (SD Rep.); Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UCSD); The Doctor in 4.48 Psychosis (Galbriath Hall Theatre); Amparo in Heroes and Saints and her own one woman show Nice Girls Don’t Dance (Centro Cultural de la Raza).

What excites you the most about this show?

Although its explosive and raw, this play truly is a love story.

What scares you?

What scares me is the way my brain corrects the language. There’s a rhythm and musicality to the way Veronica speaks and I keep correcting her speech. I want to honor the character and the language as written. :)

What excites you most about the show?

Cygnet Theatre is an amazing community of talented and supporting people. It has been an honor to work with ALL of Cygnet.

Favorite Curse word?

Mine is just too BAD… but oh so fun to say.