Forty Years in the Making

Video interview with Nina Serrano and Paul Richards

The Story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg

Julieta Kusnir interviewing Nina Serrano and Paul Richards about Forty Years in the Making.

Julieta Kusnir interviewing Nina Serrano and Paul Richards about Forty Years in the Making.

Julieta Kusnir interviews Nina Serrano and Paul Richards about the publication of their play The Story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg in book and ebook form by Estuary Press. The play was originally written and performed in 1976 about the famous atomic spy case of the 1950s, which sent Ethel and Julius Rosenberg to the electric chair. Now, forty years later, the play, a courtroom and prison drama, is now experiences a revival with new 21st century performances in Texas and Toronto, Canada, which prompted the publication.

The new volume includes the original 1976 script by Nina Serrano, Paul Richards and Judith Binder; and the 2016 revised script by Jacob Justice, of Bryan, Texas. The book’s publication is occasioned the authors’ excitement over the Canadian production taking place in Toronto in November, 2018, produced by the Jewish Community Theatre company, Teatron, at the Toronto Center for the Arts.

In the video interview, the authors invite school theater departments, community and professional theater companies to consider producing the play. It has become shockingly clear that the Rosenberg’s story is more relevant than ever.

The book is easily available on

“The shame, if we die, will dishonor this generation, and pervade history until future Americans recapture the heritage of truth, justice and equality before the law.”

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg

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About Nina Serrano

Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 84 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to or contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.


Forty Years in the Making — 1 Comment

  1. Thoroughly exciting for you, Nina, and your many cohorts. Like a child, a play has to have a village. Glad you keep finding yours.

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