ROMEO AND JULIET IN YIDDISH
Dir. Eve Annenberg (92min, USA, 2011)
English and Yiddish with English Subtitles
Director Eve Annenberg and Actor Lazer Weiss expected
Ava, a wisecracking middle-aged E.R. nurse—and bitterly lapsed Orthodox Jew—undertakes a translation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from old Yiddish to new Yiddish, in her pursuit of a Master’s degree. In over her head, she accepts help from two charismatic and ethically challenged young Ultra Orthodox dropouts, Lazer and Mendy. When another ex-Orthodox castoff enchants her apartment with Kabbalistic magic, the boys begin to live Shakespeare’s play in their heads, in a gauzy and lyrical alternate reality.
Co-sponsored by Yiddish of Greater Washington
Co-presented by Shakespeare Theatre