January 12, 2022
February 26, 2022
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
1012 N Orange Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236

The world premiere show “Ruby” is a musical retelling by WBTT founder/artistic director Nate Jacobs and his brother, Michael Jacobs, of the shocking killing of a White doctor in Live Oak, Florida, by a Black woman, Ruby McCollum. Ruby McCollum’s name has gone down in history as the wealthy Black woman who killed a prominent and well-loved White doctor turned politician, supposedly over a $116 medical bill. WBTT’s "Ruby" peels back the lies and misrepresentations around this event and reveals the injustices and systemic racism of the Jim Crow South in the early 1950s. Told through music, song and the observations of renowned Black writer and reporter Zora Neale Hurston, WBTT’s reimagining of Ruby’s story raises the hope of people working together across the color line to realize a better future — even as it resonates with the #MeToo movement of today. The book is by Michael Jacobs; music and lyrics are by Nate Jacobs, Michael Jacobs and Brennan Stylez; musical arrangements are by Brennan Stylez and Antonio Wimberly. Nate will direct. The original music is inspired by jazz, gospel and blues, especially as heard in the 1950s era of the story. The majority of songs in the show are original; audiences will also hear the spiritual "Wade in the Water" and the hymn "Shall We Gather at the River." Show runs January 12 – February 27, 2022. Tickets are $45/adults, $20/students and active military (plus applicable ticket fees). Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Box Office at 941-366-1505.

  • Admission Rates
  • Adults: $45.00
  • Student/Active Military: $20.00