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Letters from Ruth

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by Gisle Kverndokk and Akse-Otto Bull

Staged Reading-Free and Open to the Public
presented by New York Opera Society

Alisa Suzanne Jordheim
Helen Karloski
Alexis Martin
Sara Murphy
Shannon DeVine
Kenneth Overton
John Tiranno
Molly Allen

Music Direction
Andrew Rosenblum

Stage Direction
Raquel Barbieri Vidal

Caitlin Rain

Aksel-Otto Bull and Gisle Kverndokk have worked for some years on a musical theatre work based on "Ruth Maier's diary" by Jan Erik Vold. 

Ruth Maier was a young, Jewish girl that fled to Norway from Vienna in 1939, after Hitler's anschluss. An exceptionally talented young girl, she wrote a diary all her life. In Norway she learned Norwegian very fast, and became a student. She met the young Norwegian poet Gunvor Hofmo in 1941, and their relationship became life altering for both of them. In November 1942, Ruth Maier was arrested by the Norwegian police and deported to Auschwitz concentration camp where she was killed in the gas chambers on arrival. 

Her diaries were published in 2007, edited by Jan Erik Vold.

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