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Nancy Drewinsky

and the Search for the Missing Letter

Written and performed by

Robin Bady

Now at FRIGID New York Festival
February & March 2020
Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th Street, NYC


In 1960, nine-year-old Robin Bady aspired to be the next Eliot Ness. She wrote a letter to J. Edgar Hoover detailing her qualifications, and Hoover himself replied: “As you know, women can not be agents, but they can be file clerks.”

Unbeknownst to young Robin, her family was already acquainted with the FBI. In 1953, 41 Jewish scientists were labeled Communist spies by Sen. Joseph McCarthy.  Robin’s father was one of them … though it wasn’t until years later that she made this heart-wrenching discovery. To name her fears and claim her truth, Bady reveals the deeply personal story of what happened when her father was accused of being a traitor. Her family was never the same.


""I ... felt myself oddly reassured by [Robin Bady’s] solo show about her family’s persecution during McCarthyism. The persecution is not so reassuring, but making theatre about it, especially during the new period we’re entering, is very much so"

TravSD, Travalanche

"Robin Bady lived this story! This story is actually true! Amazing!"

Antwan Lewis, Fox 5 News Anchor

"Nancy Drewinsky is history at its best – intertwining the personal and political – a mix of humor and mystery."

Loren Niemi, Founder of the Public Policy Project

"A story well-spun and enticingly performed. We all to-a-person, simply HAD to "Lean In" and nestle safely in the bosom of a very personal Robin Bady story."

Veronica Redd, actress, “The Young and Restless"

"My favorite show at the Indy Fringe!"

Lou Ann Homan, Professor, Trine University


Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th Street, NYC

Wednesday February 19th, 2020 - 5:30PM
Saturday February 22nd, 2020 - 6:40PM
Wednesday February 26th, 2020 - 7:10PM
Friday February 28th, 2020 - 5:10PM
Sunday March 8th, 2020 - 12:10PM

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