The Socialization of Ruthie Shapiro Opens at Theatre West

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Claire Partin and Nick McDow in “The Socialization of Ruthie Shapiro” at Theatre West.

The Socialization of Ruthie Shapiro is a memory play, the reminiscence of a mother and school teacher now in her 30s. She has a son in junior high. “I tell him these are the best years of his life. I lie. Like my mother did. That should be enough to set the scene.”

Ruthie is 12 years old at George Washington Junior High in Los Angeles. The young Jewish girl is unpopular and lonely. Her 15-year-old brother, Ronnie, is athletic and popular, and doesn’t want to be seen with her.

Ruthie finally makes a friend, Loretta, a girl transplanted from Texas who is, compared to the other girls in her class, freakishly tall, and made more of an outcast because of her Texas accent. Ruthie and Loretta become close… until one day something happens to present a serious challenge to the bonds of their friendship.

The Socialization of Ruthie Shapiro is written by Barbara Nell Beery and directed by Susan Morgenstern. It is produced for Theatre West by Charlie Mount. Theatre West executive director is John Gallogly and season producer is Jill Jones. The cast includes Heather Keller, Nick McDow, Constance Mellors and Claire Partin. This is the show’s World Premiere.

The show runs June 4 through July 11, Fridays and Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 2 p.m. Dark on July 4. At Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, in Los Angeles, CA 90068. This is in proximity to North Hollywood, Universal City and Studio City. There is FREE parking in a lot across the street. General admission: $22. Premium seating (first four rows) $25. Seniors (65+) and veterans (with ID) $17. Current military (with ID) $11. KCRW members (with ID) $18. Students (25 and under with ID) $5. Except for the Opening Night June 4 performance, when all seats will be $27 (includes reception). Reservations: (323) 851-7977. Online ticketing:

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