2021 RUTHIE Awards
Ching Valdés-Aran & Lola Pashalinski


two performers who embody Ruth’s daring and raw, naked fearlessness

About Ching Valdés-Aran

CHING VALDÉS-ARAN has toured both nationally and internationally in Geoff Sobelle’s physical theater piece HOME. HOME was choreographed by Mabou Mines’ very own award-winning choreographer, director, actor David Neumann. She has worked on Broadway, Off and Off-Off Broadway and the Regionals. Ching’s awards include: OBIE, FOX Fellow, Asian Cultural Council Fellow for Writing, Ma-Yi Theater for Artistic Achievement, U.S. Congressional Award in Arts & Culture and others.

“My RUTHIE is an award closest to my heart!  Thank you. Ruth was not only my mentor, but my inspiration and my friend. We enjoyed our times talking and drinking, cigarettes in hand!!!”

About Lola Pashalinski

LOLA PASHALINSKI is a founding member of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company where, with writer/director Charles Ludlam, she created 17 roles in 13 years. She received two OBIE awards for her work with the company. Since leaving the Ridiculous in 1980, Lola worked extensively Off-Broadway and regionally in productions directed by Lee Breuer, Richard Foreman, JoAnne Akalaitis, Les Waters, Anne Bogart, David Gordon, Neil Bartlett, among others. With her life-partner Linda Chapman, she wrote and performed Gertrude And Alice: A Likeness to Loving, receiving her third OBIE in 2000. Lola made her Broadway debut in Fortunes’s Fool with the late Alan Bates. She’s appeared in many films and television shows, including Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, directed by Stephen Daldry, and A Call To Spy.