The Pickpocket’s Daughter

written by Neal Ruchman
directed by Murphy Davis

$80 front row (VIP), $60, $50 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)

Limited capacity

Helmerich Theater, 533 Eaton Street

PLEASE NOTE: you will be required to provide proof of a recent negative Covid test, or of full Covid vaccination, to attend this program, as it is indoors. Masks required. Click here for details on the Covid-19 precautions we’re taking.

sponsored by Spottswood, Spottswood, Spottswood and Sterling, PLLC


About the Event

Audiences have called The Pickpocket’s Daughter, “a first class thriller with loads of laughs.” Young Matzy Moses navigates the corruption and gang warfare of 1930’s New York to save everything she holds dear. Up against her are policemen on the take, Irish gangsters and shady politicians. But with a resilient and unconventional heroine, you can expect the unexpected.

About the Play, from the playwright

When I was a kid, I was introduced to an exciting and mysterious man, known simply as Jack. I thought he was my grandfather. He wasn’t. He did, however, save the lives of my grandmother and mother.

I used to ask my mom “What does Jack do?” I never got an answer. When I was 40 and my mom was 68, we were having a four martini lunch (one for me, three for her) at the U.N. Dining Room. I asked again. She made me swear that I would never tell a soul. I kept the secret for over twenty years.

​At age 89 she said to me, “You know, If I ever wrote my life’s story, I’d call it Pickpocket’s Daughter.” This play is about my Mom, Harriett Moses. Matzy.

In the New York City of the 1930s, Jewish and Irish gangs fought for control of the city. Matzy was a tough, clever, and funny woman. Jack nick-named her Matzy due to her love of Matzoh.  She died before she ever got to write her story.

So I wrote it for her.

​—Neal Ruchman


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