The Rubenstein Kiss vividly parallels two moving and personal stories of passion, justice and ideology. Inspired by a true story, the play explores the mysterious corridors of history to reveal the anguish of a family and a quest for atonement.
In McCarthy’s America, 1953, Jakob and Esther Rubenstein are betrayed and punished for an act of industrial espionage. Could this be the greatest miscarriage of justice of the twentieth century?
In New York, 1975, Matthew Maddison meets Anna Levi in front of an art gallery photograph of Jakob and Esther sharing one final kiss before they part. Young, radical and falling in love, together they seek justice for the past.
The Rubenstein Kiss premiered in 2005 at the Hampstead Theatre, London.