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MC & TOM BRENNAN,
LINDA & GARY GREENBERG and THE LEMMERMAN FAMILY present

RUTKA:
A New Musical

  • Based on the diary of Rutka Laskier, as published in Rutka's Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust
  • Music and Lyrics by Jocelyn Mackenzie and Jeremy Lloyd-Styles
  • Book by Neena Beber
  • Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg

OCT. 13 – NOV. 10, 2024


MOE AND JACK'S PLACE — THE ROUSE THEATRE

ABOUT THE SHOW

You’ll never forget her name. A powerful indie-rock musical makes its world premiere in Cincinnati to launch its path to Broadway. 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 the world at large is far from usual. It’s 1943 in war-torn Poland, as Rutka and her friends are trying to live life as normally as possible while confined in the Jewish Ghetto. With their futures and fates uncertain, they reach for hope, resilience and resistance. This all-new musical is a compelling drama based on Rutka’s Notebook — a publication of the real diary left behind by 14-year-old Rutka Laskier, and a shining example of how even one small voice can make a difference in the world. Rutka is brought to life by an extraordinary ensemble of young performers and with a raw and emotional sound, promising an unforgettable musical experience.

ADVISORY

Rutka is recommended for ages 12 and up. The teenage characters in Rutka try to live normal lives with discussions of first feelings of love, first kisses and new haircuts. Yet, the reality of the world around them includes descriptions of the violence and death associated with the Holocaust.

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