On what would have been Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 90th birthday, 200 people gathered in the Millie Phillips Theatre to celebrate a legend, whose life as a trailblazer in the American judiciary and a fierce advocate for gender equality and reproductive rights, has influenced so many. RBG has been described by The New York Times as “an obsessive” opera lover, “the kind of aficionado who goes to dress rehearsals, and then opening nights, and then closing nights, too, for good measure”. It was therefore fitting that the evening began with a magnificent performance by Sydney-based opera singer, Elizabeth Cooper, who shared four incredible pieces from some of RBG’s favourite works.
With one spectacular treat following another, Suzie Miller, award-winning Australian playwright of RBG: Of Many, One, and actor, Heather Mitchell, took the audience on a journey, sharing RBG’s life from teenage years to her death in 2020. It was a night to remember with probing questions from interviewer, Michaela Kalowski, and the odd slip into character from Mitchell, who played RBG – one of the most iconic women of our times – in the play.
We are so delighted that Shalom’s Sydney Jewish Writers Festival hosted this incredible evening at our School.