The Rubenstein Kiss is to be performed at Nottingham Playhouse from October 2-17 as the theatre’s Conspiracy Season continues.
“You can’t deny yourself, you can’t deny the memory that history holds with your body, the life lived even before your lived, the life before you were born.”
Performed for the first time over a decade ago, and winner of the John Whiting Award and the TMA Award for Best New Play, The Rubenstein Kiss portrays a timely and pertinent relevance for life in 2015.
It marks its regional premiere at Nottingham Playhouse. It then transfers to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford at the end of October.
The multi- award winning play is set amongst the McCarthyite hysteria of the Cold War era, where the shadow of suspicion falls on two Communist idealists.
The Rubensteins are a devoted couple from a close-knit Jewish family, but this slowly unravels and treachery echoes through the generations as their guilt is re-examined.
Zoë Waterman returns to Nottingham Playhouse to direct this searing, intelligent and poignant drama.
In an age of rampant paranoia about the enemy within, the shadow of suspicion falls on two radicals from a religious minority.
The play is inspired by the real-life Jewish couple, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were sent to the electric chair in 1953 for allegedly passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.
They protested their innocence to the last. The Rubenstein Kiss explores what happens when truth and ideology collide to reveal the anguish of a family and its quest for atonement.
Zoë Waterman said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to Nottingham Playhouse to direct its regional premiere, at a time when the thin line between idealism and extremism is once more tested, and as we try to imagine how these questions of personal and political morality will shape the next generation.”
The Rubenstein Kiss was James Phillip’s first play. He has since gone on to achieve critical acclaim with his West End production of McQueen, based on one of Britain’s most successful fashion designers, Alexander McQueen.
For ticket details, you can call the box office on 0115 9419419.
or go to www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk