Roslyn High alum and recent resident has NYC play launch July 29, Aug 2 and Aug 4

Ellen Pober Rittberg, playwright and former Roslyn resident. (Photo courtesy of Ellen Pober Rittberg)

Ellen Pober Rittberg, a Roslyn High School alum who returned to Roslyn in 2009 and lived there for six years, is having the Manhattan debut of her play Sci Fi at New York Theater Festival’s Summerfest. The festival is New York City’s largest theater festival.

Sci Fi will have performances July 29 at 6:15 p.m., Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. at Hudson Guild Theater, 441 West 26th Street.

It began as a play in Roslyn over 25 years ago when Rittberg did a staged reading of it at Nassau County Festival for the Arts, held at the museum in Roslyn. She learned the craft of writing plays in Great Neck after seeing saw a newspaper community announcement that there was a playwriting course being given at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Great Neck by Ann Early. So you could say Sci Fi, a dystopian near future play about what happens to people and relationships once freedom and democracy have disappeared, has decidedly Long Island roots.

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