A woman in a dress and heels stands at a train station with blood stained chests of multiple colors and shapes.

The Truth About Winnie Ruth Judd

Written By Cathy Dresbach & Ben Tyler

Directed By Matthew Wiener

February 7, 2024 to March 24, 2024
Judith Hardes Theatre

From secretary to “trunk murderess”, this real-life Phoenix local bagged more than she bargained for.

Many have heard of Winnie Ruth Judd, a lovesick woman who killed her friends over a man’s affection before escaping the asylum six times. While you might think you know one of Arizona’s most notorious homicide cases, this is the stranger than fiction truth. After premiering at the 2020 Festival of New American Theatre, this bizarrely hilarious play will have audiences raising their magnifying glasses to the newspaper sensationalized woman and her real story.

Act 1: 55 minutes

Intermission: 15 minutes

Act 2: 63 minutes

Experience the real life locations of the show! Take a self-guided adventure with this downloadable PDF, leading you to historic sites like Jack Halloran's Home, Union Pacific Station and Arizona State Hospital, formally Arizona State Asylum. Download the tour map here.


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Content Warnings: This production is a dark comedy that involves insinuations of deceased people, criminal cover-up, and sex work. Content warnings are subject to change or updates.


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Upcoming Dates for The Truth About Winnie Ruth Judd

Thursday 3/14/2024 7:30 PM Buy Tickets
Friday 3/15/2024 7:30 PM Buy Tickets
Saturday 3/16/2024 1:30 PM Buy Tickets
Saturday 3/16/2024 7:00 PM Buy Tickets
Sunday 3/17/2024 2:00 PM Buy Tickets
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The Artists

Cathy Dresbach
As Ensemble
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Louis Farber
As Jack Williams
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Jon Gentry
As Ensemble
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Marshall Glass
As Ensemble
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Megan Holcomb
As Winnie Ruth Judd
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Ron May has white hair and a white and black beard. He wears a blue undershirt and a striped blue shirt.
As Ensemble
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Emily Mohney
As Ensemble/Winnie Ruth Judd Understudy
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Shad Willingham
As Ensemble/Jack Williams Understudy
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Cynnita Agent
As Ensemble Swing
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Brandon Caraco
As Ensemble Swing
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Mitchell Glass
As Ensemble Swing
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The Artists

Cathy Dresbach
As Ensemble
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Louis Farber
As Jack Williams
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Jon Gentry
As Ensemble
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Marshall Glass
As Ensemble
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Megan Holcomb
As Winnie Ruth Judd
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Ron May has white hair and a white and black beard. He wears a blue undershirt and a striped blue shirt.
As Ensemble
View Bio
Emily Mohney
As Ensemble/Winnie Ruth Judd Understudy
View Bio
Shad Willingham
As Ensemble/Jack Williams Understudy
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Cynnita Agent
As Ensemble Swing
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Brandon Caraco
As Ensemble Swing
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Mitchell Glass
As Ensemble Swing
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Select Mask Required Performances

Select performances have been designated "Mask Required" to ensure all audiences have an opportunity to attend a performance in an environment they are comfortable in: Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 1:30 PM

 

ASL/Audio Describe Night

Audio Description and American Sign Language Interpretation are available for each production. ASL/Audio Describe Night is Thursday, February 29, 2024 for The Truth About Winnie Ruth Judd.