Press Release: Miners Alley Playhouse production of…


“I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”


Walter L. Newton


Debra Klein created the Kingdom of Yr as a form of defense from her frightening reality. In childhood, Debra suffered frequent abuse from her anti-Semitic peers and neighbors. At first Yr was a safe-haven, but over time 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 mental hospital with schizophrenia. This is the story of her remarkable cure.


“I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” by Hannah Green was published in 1964. This novel, released as fiction, told the story of Debra and her 4 year battle with schizophrenia in a mental hospital. Her cure was accomplished with intensive physiotherapy and with the help of her amazing therapist, all without drug therapy. With in 10 years after “Rose Garden” hit the book racks, the reading public realized that the book was a fictionalized version of a true story. The real author was Joanne Greenberg and the book was autobiographical. The doctor, Dr. Fried, was in reality the world famous physiotherapist Dr. Frieda Fromm-Reichmann. The book has received 17 printings since 1964 and is available in 10 languages.


“To Redeem One Person Is To Redeem the World,” published in 2000, was the first biography of Dr. Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, written by Gail A. Hornstein, Professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College in Ma. This book details 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.


Now the whole story can be told. Miners Alley Playhouse in collaboration with Colorado playwright Walter L. Newton, Joanne Greenberg and Gail Hornstein presents the world premier of the stage version of “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.”


I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” has been called a “thorn in the side of psychiatry.” Dr. Frieda Fromm-Reichmann went to her grave believing that mental illness can be cured by intensive psychotherapy. The medical profession, at one time her allies, caved into the drug companies and then created their “bible” of mental disorders and chemical cures. Almost 60 years later this is still a hotly debated subject.


Directed by Rick Bernstein, the production opens on Fri. Oct. 1st, 2004 and runs on Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and Sundays at 6:00pm at the Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave in downtown Golden, Colorado. Tickets are $13.00 to $17.00. Please call 303-935-3044 for reservations. Interviews for advance media articles are available with the playwright Walter L. Newton, Joanne Greenberg and the director Rick Bernstein.