by Jennie Franks
A staged reading
Monday, September 19
Ayn/Sister was presented at The National Arts Club to a very small audience back in January 2015, the night the great blizzard closed down New York City. Mirroring today’s American/Russian animosity, and our current political climate, we decided to re-present it to a full-house gritting themselves ready for the upcoming Presidential Election.
In the mid-1970s, Ayn Rand, America’s premier philosopher and bestselling author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead brings her younger sister Nora over from the Soviet Union. The sisters have not seen each other since they were girls. Ayn thinks Nora will help her complete her autobiography, detailing how their father was responsible for Ayn’s Objectivism philosophy, a philosophy that succeeded in changing the political, social and economic climate of not only America, but the entire world.
The sisters soon discover they have completely different views on life and differing memories of their upbringing. The stakes are high. Ayn who for so long has controlled her own destiny, now finds her fundamental beliefs and marriage in jeopardy by a sister who is the only person strong enough to destroy her.
Ayn/Sister was presented to a packed house at the distinguished Telluride Playwrights Festival, and at Urban Stages. “A lightening-rod piece loaded with timely political content.” - Laurence Kasdan