Bryan High School to Perform the Play, November, 2016
Bryon Texas High School will perform the Story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg by Nina Serrano, Paul Richards, and Judith Binder, forty years after it was written and performed in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now revised by Director Jacob Justice, the new production goes on stage November 10, 12, and 14, 2016. Jacob Justice is the Byron, Texas, high school teacher who rediscovered the drama on our website, and will produce it with his students this fall. He made excellent revisions to the script substituting new characters for the narrator, and giving the story new life.
About the Play
The Story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg is a play written in 1976 by Nina Serrano, Paul Richards and Judith Binder, with original music by Philip Serrano. The Rosenbergs were an American Jewish leftist couple caught up in the famous “Atomic spies case” of the 1950’s. They were accused by the government of stealing atomic secrets and giving them to the hated enemy, the former Soviet Union. Even though, as we all know today, there were no atomic secrets, the Rosenbergs died in the electric chair leaving behind two small boys in 1953 . The play tells the Rosenberg’s story from the transcript of their trial and from their letters. It was performed on college campuses, on KQED television and KPFA radio and at La Peña Cultural Center in the late 1970’s. Nina Serrano played Ethel Rosenberg, Paul Richards played David Greenglass and Judith Binder directed. The script has been digitized and made available on the web for new generations to use.
Why offer it again after all these years? It has become shockingly clear that their story is more relevant than ever. Bradley (Chelsea) Manning is being punished after blowing the whistle on crimes being committed by the government. Julian Assange faces the draconian attempt by the U.S. to extradite him to the U.S. to face sedition and treason allegations. The same lies and techniques used to kill the Rosenbergs are still operating in plain sight. The fight for truth and transparency in government today cannot ignore the lessons of the past. The legacy of the Rosenbergs, told in their own words, needs to be heard today if we are going to move forward towards a more democratic world. Click here to read the original script. PDF of the Script. For more information and photos of the original cast, see Nina Serrano’s blog post.