Felicity Huffman on Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I am especially thrilled to share this month’s interview with you. I remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s bruising Congressional confirmation hearing and the unfair way she was treated. I will never forget her poise in the face of those overt sexist attacks. I was yelling at the TV screen on her behalf, but she modeled another way of responding; she took every insult and provocation as an opportunity to set the record straight in a thoughtful way. They couldn’t rattle her. I’d never seen anything like it. Her reasonable, modest approach undermined their accusations that she was some kind of extremist feminist who would destroy the morals of the nation. She was a teacher for me in those moments and I’ll always be grateful to her. I’ve called on her spirit of articulate equanimity many times since then.
When my dear friend Felicity Huffman said she wanted to tell us the story of Justice Ginsburg, I was in favor of celebrating this amazing woman though she is more well-known than most of our subjects. Felicity uncovered anecdotes from Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early life that will surprise you, and you’ll see how personal it is to Felicity when she opens up about what she wants her daughters to know about the Notorious RBG.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Julie Hébert is an award-winning writer and director of theater, film and television. She won the PEN Award for Drama twice, for her plays TREE and THE KNEE DESIRES THE DIRT. Her most recent play, NIGHT FALLS, premiered at ODC in San Francisco, codirected by Hébert and Deborah Slater. Ms. Hébert has written and directed plays for Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, the Magic, the Eureka, LaMaMa, the Women’s Project, San Diego Rep, Los Angeles Theater Center, The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, Seven Stages and Horizon in Atlantaand many more. She has received grants from the NEA, TCG, AT&T New Plays, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Alexander Gerbode Foundation, and the California Arts Commission for writing, directing, and inter-disciplinary arts. Hébert has written two films, FEMALE PERVERSIONS, starring Tilda Swinton; and RUBY'S BUCKET OF BLOOD, adapted from her play, starring Angela Bassett. Ms. Hébert has also worked as writer, director, producer for some of the most respected shows on television, including The West Wing, ER, Numb3rs, Blue Bloods, Boss, Nashville and American Crime. She co-directed the Third Watch documentary, In Their Own Words, shortly after 9/11 and was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award.