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Adapted from the seminal novel, "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden", the story chronicles the journey of Debra, a mentally ill patient, and Dr. Fried, Debra's therapist for three years, as they forge new therapeutic frontiers searching for the answer to the voices in Debra's head.
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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Walter L. Newton
Debra Klein created the Kingdom of Yr as a form of self-defense from her frightening reality. In childhood, Debra suffered frequent abuse from her anti-Semitic peers while at the same time being sheltered by her over-protected family. At first Yr was a safe-haven for her, but eventually the gods of Yr became tyrannical dictators who ruled Debra's every word and action. At the age of 16, Debra was committed to a psychiatric hospital diagnosed with schizophrenia. This is the story of her remarkable cure.
Evergreen author Joanne Greenberg published “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” in 1964. The novel, released as fiction, told the story of Debra and her 4 year battle with schizophrenia. Her cure was accomplished with intensive psychotherapy, without drugs and with the help of her amazing therapist Dr. Fried. In actuality the book was a fictionalized version of a true story and Greenberg was the subject of that book and Dr. Fried was the world famous psychotherapist Dr. Frieda Fromm-Reichmann.
“To Redeem One Person Is To Redeem the World,” published in 2000 was the first biography of Dr. Frieda Fromm-Reichmann and was written by Gail A. Hornstein, Professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College in MA.
Together these two books detail the life of Dr. Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, her battles in the 1940’s with the upcoming over-emphasis of drug therapy in psychiatry and her personal battles with having left her native Germany a few steps ahead of the rising Nazi horror.
“I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” had its world premiere at Miners Alley Playhouse in 2004 and they once again present this award winning production by Colorado playwright Walter L. Newton

Bob Bows of Variety Magazine proclaimed "...The dramatic arc is a compelling mix of personal, familial, and professional themes that represent the events in a way the 1977 film does not. Newton’s coup de grace, a multi-layered denouement in which the fortunes of Debra and Dr. Fried reverse, is an especially imaginatively piece of writing.”
John Moore of The Denver Post said “…nothing in Newton's adaptation allows for easy answers or blanket condemnations. His work is a profound argument for a humanistic approach to treating psychosis.”
Directed by Rick Bernstein, this Miners Alley Playhouse production opens on Fri. Sept. 13th and runs through Sun. Oct. 27th 2013. Show times are Fri., Sat. 7:30pm and Sun. at 6:00pm (final Sunday at 2:00pm) at 1224 Washington Ave in downtown Golden, Colorado. Tickets are $19.00 to $29.50. Reservations can be made by calling 303-935-3044 or online at...
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