A Benefit for Reproductive Justice at Green Room 42
Green Room 42 will present Ruth Sent Us: A Benefit For Reproductive Justice on October 11 at 7:00 p.m. Dedicated to the late great Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this one-night-only concert will celebrate RBG’s legacy through song and discussion from the Broadway community. Heather Booth, civil rights activist and founder of JANE consults. Directed and produced by Mara Jill Herman with musical direction by Andrea Grody, a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Jewish Fund for Abortion Access.
“When I gathered with others in Washington Square Park to protest the reversal of Roe v. Wade, one of the protest signs read ‘Ruth sent us.’ The impact of that statement touched me. hard and personally. RBG had a profound influence on me as a New York Jew and the second woman (and first Jewish female judge) in history to serve on the Supreme Court,” Herman says. “In the months since Following this reprehensible decision, friends came together to advocate for a world where abortion is accessible, affordable, destigmatized…and legal. Like when my mom was my age.”
Ruth Sent Us will star Jennifer Apple, Rebecca Hargrove, Kendyl Ito, Annemarie Josephson, Austin Ku, Lauren Lebowitz, Mauricio Martinez, Tara Novie, Andrea Pilar, Andrea Prestinario, Tunisia Renee, Celia Mei Rubin, Tatiana Scott, Anne Fraser Thomas and American Sweethearts members Mollie Craven, Kristen Michelle and Samantha Joy Pearlman. Original music by duos Marina Pires and Luke Wygodny of The Heartstrings Project; Lisa Diana Shapiro and Miriam Daly; and Emmy nominee David Dabbon and SEVAN. Shara Ashley Zeiger will moderate a panel discussion. Other artists will be announced.
Ruth Sent Us plays The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue) on October 11 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $49. Both in-person and live tickets are available here.
Additional site support via [email protected] and (917) 239-6560.
“The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When the government controls that decision for her, she is treated less than a fully grown human responsible for her own choices” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Mara Jill Herman is an actress, educator and producer dedicated to making art for social change. Her previous benefit concerts have amplified Jewish artists in STRONGER THAN HATE and female/non-binary artists in CHANGEMAKERS. Mara was recently featured on CBS Mornings with the Queens Theater Senior Ensemble for their work in storytelling and engineered theatre. As an actor his favorite productions include RENT (Maureen), BABY (Lizzie), ALL SHOOK UP (Miss Sandra), ON THE TOWN (Hildy), LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Maria) and GUYS AND DOLLS (Adelaide). Development highlights include THE BAND’S VISIT (Hebrew vocalist) and SAM’S ROOM (Impact Award). She is featured on the 2022 concept album HOW TO FIX A MECHANICAL HEART (Kathy). Mara has appeared on JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Bob Mackie’S BROADWAY and DISNEY ON CLASSIC international tours with Orchestra Japan. She offers her musicality to AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS, the vintage-inspired trio of the Andrews Sisters. To date, Mara has won 40 grants for her work, including the CITY ARTIST CORPS GRANT – Creative Public Engagement. She is a New York Central Teaching Artist, YOUNGARTS Laureate in Musical Theater and recipient of the UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS Graduate Service Award. www.MaraJillHerman.com @marajillherman
Andrea Grody is a musical director, arranger and composer and focuses on the development of new works. She was musical director and additional arranger for THE BAND’S VISIT (Best Musical Tony Award, 2018) and musical director and vocal and accessory arranger for TOOTSIE (nominated Best Musical Tony, 2019). Other recent projects include world premieres of SUFFS (Public Theatre), AS YOU LIKE IT (Public Works) by Shaina Taub, CAKE OFF (Signature Theatre/Bucks County), THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE (Public Theatre/Dallas Theater Center) , UNKNOWN SOLDIER (Williamstown) and LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Shakespeare in the Park); and the regional premieres of LA GRANDE IMMENSITÉ and VENISE (public theatre). Other favorites include ASSASSINS (Yale Rep) and ROBIN HOOD as composer/music director (Williamstown). Writing credits include the musical STRANGE FACES and several songs from The Civilians’ Let Me Ascertain You series. Andrea is Resident Music Director and Senior Voice Education Associate at New York Vocal Coaching, and the creator of WordWaves (www.singwordwaves.com). BA Princeton University, MA Royal Conservatory of Scotland. www.andreagrody.com.
THE GREEN ROOM 42 Founded in 2017 and located in the heart of the YOTEL Times Square theater district, The Green Room 42 is Broadway’s newest, biggest and funkiest cabaret club. Hailed by The New York Times as “Broadway’s Off-Night Hotspot,” our curated nightlife experience features your favorite Broadway stars live and a delicious food and beverage menu. The Green Room 42 opens the doors of hospitality to the nightclub scene while providing value and accessibility to New York’s theater community. Past shows have featured artists such as Josh Groban, Tina Fey, Katharine McPhee, Sara Bareilles, Alice Ripley, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Lillias White, Frances Ruffelle, Frankie Grande, David Phelps and over 5,000 others. Green Room 42 became a cornerstone of the Broadway community and redefined the cabaret industry.