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The Rosenberg/Strange Fruit Project

First Preview: Jul 10, 2024

Opening Date: Jul 16, 2024

Closing Date: Aug 04, 2024

Running Time: 01:20

The Rosenberg/Strange Fruit Project Show Site Icon

Playing @

59E59 Theaters

59 East 59th Street New York City, NY 10022

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Most know of the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg case, but few know the story of their youngest child, Robert, orphaned at six following his parents’ execution for espionage. The boy was adopted by Abel Meeropol who wrote the song “Strange Fruit” seared into America’s consciousness by Billie Holiday. 
Written and performed by award-winning actor/playwright John Jiler, The Rosenberg/Strange Fruit Project plumbs America’s character and history, both sweet and sour, through the telling of that remarkable story. Accompanied by clarinetist Sweet Lee Odom, Jiler weaves together strands of American history, political movements, Klezmer and jazz, along with themes of personal and social responsibility.
Irreverent and reflective, at turns poignant and wickedly funny, Jiler’s script considers an American melting pot that’s more like a simmering cauldron threatening to boil over.

Produced by Twilight Theatre Company.
Show Notes

Show Notes: No intermission

Audience Advisory:

Contains strong language, violence and discussion of execution.

Performance Schedule:

SATURDAY @ 2:15 PM & 7:15 PM
SUNDAY @ 2:15 PM


John Jiler


Sweet Lee Odom


Margarett Perry

Written by

John Jiler

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Student Rush: When available, Student Rush tickets are offered in-person at the Box Office beginning one hour prior to show time. Present a current high school, college, university or international student ID at the Box Office to purchase tickets for $10-$25 each, depending on the show. Valid for one ticket per ID. All Student Rush tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered for all performances.


Box Office

Box Office windows are wheelchair accessible


60th St (Park & Lexington Ave); 58th St (Park and Lexington Ave)

Curb Ramps


Directions Bus

M1, 2, 3, 4 on Madison and 5th AveM101, 102, 103, on Lexington Ave, Q32 on Madison and 5th Ave


One floor down from lobby, available via elevator. Wheelchair-accessible stall, sink, and paper towel dispenser

Directions Subway

4, 5, 6, N, R, W, to Lexington and 59th Street


Theater A (200 seats); Theater B (100 seats); Theater C (50 seats)




None on premises


The entrance is street level. No steps

Visual Assistance

Low vision seating available upon request

Folding Armrests

Chairs with no armrests (free standing) available

Assisted Listening System

Audio Listening Devices with an included headset. Pick up at the front desk by the box office,

Wheelchair Info

Wheelchair seating available.

Water Fountain

Lower level accessible via elevator

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Public Transportation

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By Subway:

4, 5, 6, N, R, W, to Lexington and 59th Street

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By Bus:

M1, 2, 3, 4 on Madison and 5th AveM101, 102, 103, on Lexington Ave, Q32 on Madison and 5th Ave