James Phillips

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Plays by James Phillips

The Rubenstein Kiss

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

The Rubenstein Kiss vividly parallels two moving and personal stories of passion, justice and ideology. Inspired by a true story, the play explores the mysterious corridors of history to reveal the anguish of a family and a quest for atonement.

In McCarthy’s America, 1953, Jakob and Esther Rubenstein are betrayed and punished for an act of industrial espionage. Could this be the greatest miscarriage of justice of the twentieth century?

In New York, 1975, Matthew Maddison meets Anna Levi in front of an art gallery photograph of Jakob and Esther sharing one final kiss before they part. Young, radical and falling in love, together they seek justice for the past.

The Rubenstein Kiss premiered in 2005 at the Hampstead Theatre, London.

James Phillips is a writer and director. His first performed play as writer, The Little Fir Tree, a fairy story inspired by Hans Christian Anderson, was commissioned by the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and opened in December 2004.

As a director his productions include Frankie and Johnny at the Claire de Lune at the Sound Theatre, Leicester Square, The Little Fir Tree and Macbeth at the Crucible The atre, Sheffield, Trettondagsafton at Teatre Hogskolan in Stockholm, and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme at the Pleasance Theatre, London, a production for which he won an Invention and Innovation award from NESTA, the national endowment for the arts.