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.


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.