A Female Codebreaker
Remembers Bletchley Park

What is the cost of keeping a secret for 50 years?

“The true story of a Bletchley Park codebreaker in WWII who misses her destiny but who never loses her strength of character”.

Once in… Never Out! (The Play)

Actress June Ballinger stars in this profoundly moving play, inspired by a box of letters, keepsakes, and a WWII diary discovered the day after her mother’s death.

…one of the most spell-binding and extraordinary true-life adventures I’ve ever witnessed as it is inspired by her mother’s wartime diaries and correspondence. Humorous, inspiring and also startling in its revelations
— Simon Saltzman – President of the Outer Critics Circle

[Ballinger] slips in and out of characters like a DuPont nylon stocking – graceful and smooth.
— Jacquelyn Claire – NY Theatre Guide

The one- person show is only good when it can be accessed like it might have been in ancient times- a storyteller vested in the subject, shares deep thoughts and powerful parables. Not many of this type does that. June Ballinger does…brilliantly
— Bob Greene – Outer Stage Journal

The only feminist play I know of that is persuasive
— William Mastrosimone – Emmy Award winning screen writer and playwright

An amazing, important accomplishment… every movement, every gesture
— Yusef Komunyakaa – Poet Laureate, State of New York

“The perfect feminist play. It left me feeling grateful for growing up during this more modern era. Not all the problems are solved, but I’ve been able to take the fact that I can work for granted…It’s a very human show”.
— Jaime Parker- Arts Program Director, Trenton Soup Kitchen

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Review: NY Theatre Guide

Review: Outer Stage

Interview: Drama Queens

Once In… Never Out! was originally entitled Remembrance Day

The Play

An 80-year-old former British code breaker at Bletchley Park attends a Remembrance Day service in England. She looks back on her life and the secrets about her work and identity that she has held onto for 50 years. Will she ever be truly known by her children? How will she be remembered?

Written and performed by June Ballinger and inspired by her mother’s work at Bletchley Park during WWII, the story is created through memories, letters, and a diary discovered after her mothers death in 2013.

The Artists

June BallingerJUNE BALLINGER (writer/performer) – June Ballinger is an actor of British-American heritage. She was born in New Jersey, raised in Connecticut, and currently lives in Trenton, New Jersey, local to both Philadelphia and New York City. She has worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theatre and in television and film. She is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC since 1993, a member of NYC’s The Actors Center, and Artistic Director Emeritus of Trenton’s Passage Theatre Company. As a writer she has co-created with David Lee White, the interview based plays Trenton Lights and Profiles (Passage Theatre) as well as numerous plays for teens developed from writing workshops (Word for Word). Starting spring 2017 she will teach acting to young adults and senior members of the Greater Trenton community. www.JuneBallinger.com

Janice-GoldbergJANICE L. GOLDBERG (Director) – Janice was recently awarded the 2014 Kennedy Center Gold Medallion Award for her work with new plays. She has directed over 75 new works, uptown and down, across the country, from university to Off-Broadway. Last season included the lauded Off Broadway premiere of Richard Hoehler’s solo piece, I of the Storm and June Ballinger’s Once In… Never Out!   As Producing Artistic Co-Director of Artistic New Directions, Janice has overseen the production and development of over 100 new plays. For Artistic New Directions she has directed Gary Garrison & Roland Tec’s The Rubber Room, Kristine Niven’s Human Resources, numerous Eclectic Shorts, Boxers & Briefs, and Go Solos!  http://www.janicelgoldberg.com

Once In… Never Out! was initiated and originally developed in a solo performance workshop taught by

Fay SimpsonFAY SIMPSON – Artistic Director and co-founder of Impact Theatre and The Lucid Body, a physical process for acting training. She taught at The Yale School of Drama, the New School’s Eugene Lang, Michael Howard Studios, The Studio/NY, Marymount Manhattan College, and at the Actor’s Center.  She currently teaches this technique at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, and privately at the Lucid Body House. Fay wrote The Lucid Body; A Guide for the Physical Actor, published in 2008 by Allworth Press. She has a two-year Lucid Body Teacher Training program now in place. www.lucidbody.com



Coming Soon:

  • Luna Stage, 555 Valley Rd. West Orange, NJ – December 16- 8pm (call 973-395-5551 for tickets)
  • The Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA – January 20th, 2018

Performance History:

  • Kendall on Hudson, Sleepy Hollow, NY – September 24th, 2017 (Private Event)
  • NewBridge on Charles, Dedham, MA – October 19th, 2017
  • The Bolling Haxall House Foundation, Richmond, VA – Thursday, October 26th, 2017
  • The Blue Dog Café, Snow Hill, MD – May 18th, 2017 6:30pm
  • Passage Theatre Company, Trenton NJ – March 2017
  • Women’s Welsh Club, NYC – February 2017
  • 13th Street Repertory, NYC– September 2016
  • Cornelia Street Café, NYC – July 2016
  • Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC – June 2016
  • Passage Theatre Company, Trenton NJ – March 2016 (developmental premiere)


Performances of Once In… Never Out! may be booked for your event, school, or theatre. Pricing depends on the size of your venue, ticket prices, and Ms. Ballinger’s travel expenses. Organizations outside of the greater NYC area will need to provide a stage manager capable of operating lights and sound. Alternatively, JRB Productions can provide a Stage Manager for locations within a day-trip of New York City. Please contact June directly for availability and pricing.


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