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Rutka Musical to Make World Premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park


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Rutka Musical to Make World Premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

The new indie-rock musical is adapted from Rutka’s Notebook: A Voice From the Holocaust.


RUTKA—a new indie-rock musical adapted from Rutka’s Notebook: A Voice From the Holocaust, a diary kept by 14-year-old Rutka Laskier in 1943 while living in the Jewish Ghetto in Bedzin, Poland—will make its world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park this fall.

Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg, previews will begin October 13 prior to an official opening October 17. Casting will be announced at a later date for the production, currently scheduled to run through November 10.

RUTKA features music and lyrics by recording artists Jocelyn Mackenzie and Jeremy Lloyd Styles, formerly of the Brooklyn-based Pearl and the Beard, with a book by Emmy nominee Neena Beber (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). 

In the new musical, Rutka’s world is consumed by the usual teen concerns, like friendships, gossip, a new haircut, and the flickers of first love—all of which she documents in her diary. But it’s 1943 in war-torn Poland as she and her friends are trying to live life as normally as possible while confined in the Jewish Ghetto. 

Rutka Laskier's diary would remain hidden for 63
years until it was published in 2006.

The upcoming world premiere is presented by arrangement with Amy Langer and David Schwartz of Think System Productions, executive producer Cody Lassen, and with the support of The Smart Family Foundation.

General management is by KGM Theatrical.

Visit CincyPlay.com.





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