Biographies on Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, including O’Connor’s own memoirs, can fill shelves, but Linda Hirshman’s 2015 Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World is the only dual biography on the first and second female justice. Hirshman, a lawyer who’s argued in front of the Supreme Court, chronicles not only their ascent to the highest court in the country, but their many similarities and differences: O’Connor, a Christian, Republican state senator from Arizona appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1981, and Ginsburg, a Jewish, New York liberal appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993. Based on Hirshman’s book, Jonathan Shapiro’s play, Sisters in Law, starring Tovah Feldshuh as Ginsburg and Stephanie Faracy as O’Connor, dramatizes the relationship between the two as judges and trailblazers in the women’s legal movement.
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills; Wed., Sept. 18- Oct. 13, 8 p.m.; standby only, call for ticket prices. (310) 746-4000, thewallis.org.