Ethel Sings, which examines the life of convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg, will receive its off-Broadway premiere at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre. The play, directed by Will Pomerantz, will star Tracy Michailidis (Beauty & the Beast), Ari Butler (Old Jews Telling Jokes), Adrienne Moore (Orange Is The New Black) and Kevin Isola (Almost, Maine). Ethel Sings will begin performances on May 31 and run through July 13. Opening night is set for June 6.
Written by Joan Beber, Ethel Sings follows Ethel Rosenberg, the determined mother, singer, writer and actress, and her husband Julius, who become swept up in the fatal Red Scare hysteria of the 1950s. Julius’ need to “save the world” becomes his undoing, and Ethel’s love for her husband becomes hers.
In addition to Michailidis as Ethel, Butler as Julius, Moore as Loraine and Isola as Roy Cohn, the cast will include David Fierro, Tanesha Gary, Sheira Irving, Kenneth Lee, Joel Leffert and Serge Thony. The play will feature set design by John McDermott, lighting design by Joyce Liao and costumes by Whitney Locher.