In 2014, I wrote the song, “Riveted” about the generation of Women who were pushed out of their wartime jobs to make room for the returning WWII soldiers. Many of these women found themselves trapped in suburbs, at home, raising children alone, apart from extended family. Many of their daughters became the young women who participated in the Second Wave of the feminist movement during the late 60s and 70s. I was one of these daughters of a frustrated, suburban housewife.
After writing this song, I began to imagine it as a three generation play, depicting the issues that emerged between this “Rosie the Riveter” generation, their daughters, and the millennial generation of today’s women.
Fast forward 7 years, and I have now written a full length musical by the same name, Riveted, including three acts, 17 songs and a cast of 10 or so singers/actors.
The first presentation of Riveted was a public staged reading via Playwright’s Platform on Sunday, November 3, 2019.
A staged reading was held at Magnetic Theater in January, 2023.
Magnetic will be staging a full production of RIVETED in June, 2024.
Magnetic Theater, Ashville, NC – 2022/23
The Magnetic Theatre is developing a new folk musical, Riveted, by local playwright and musician Deborah Silverstein. We’ll be presenting a reading on Saturday, January 21st, 2023. A full production is tentatively scheduled for April, 2024.
Tickets to the Riveted staged reading are now available, both live and virtual, at The Magnetic Theater, Asheville, NC.
Synopsis: Riveted is a folk musical exploration of generations of women and how each woman learns from or bucks against the traditions of her mother, and her mother before her. As a family packs up all of the memories in the matriarch’s attic, secrets and history unfold to change their lives and relationships forever.
Here is a link to Magnetic Theater to sign up for their mailing list to receive up to date information about Rivited.
Podcast Interview on Blainesworld
Please catch the BLAINESWORLD podcast, featuring Deborah Silverstein, playwright (RIVITED). Deborah played with many bands over her years in Boston, her most recent one prior to moving to Asheville was, Deborah Silverstein and the Band of Erics. Eric Levenson, Eric Wells, Eric Kilburn (and Art Schatz) all accompanied her in the studio for the recording of her most recent CD, Precious Time, available by contacting Deborah directly. To view or listen to the podcast, click the button below and look for the show dated 3.1.2023.