Screening & Discussion: Yiddish Play “Wooden Wars” by Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh

1762 Beacon St. Brookline, MA 02445
 
Join us for a screening of an original Yiddish play, “Wooden Wars” by Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh followed by a discussion with the playwright. The play will have English subtitles - all are welcome! 
 
“Wooden Wars” focuses on the lives of four young Catholics from modern Poland, each of whom changes forever when they discover that they might have Jewish roots. Sisters Zosia and Ania separate as one travels to America, converts to reform Judaism, and embraces her lesbian sexuality, while the other stays behind in Poland and marries a Chabadnik. Both come to speak Yiddish at home. Their stories are intertwined with those of their friends Jakub and Tadek, two young men whose own relationships with Jewish identity and Yiddish language are troubled. Neither as children nor as adults do the characters have control of their fates.
 
Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh is a Ph.D. candidate at the Slavic Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is working on her dissertation on Yiddish Theater in Communist Warsaw. Originally from Poland, Jana holds a Master of Arts degree in Polish Philology and Jewish Studies from the University of Wrocław. In addition to professional experience in acting, directing, and playwriting, she has taught Yiddish as a private tutor. Jana is not only a practicing academic, but also an active theater artist and critic. She would like to demonstrate that Yiddish can be revived not only in academia but also in the arts, and strives to encourage a discussion about a revival of Yiddish as a stage language and as a means of exploring the current state of Polish-Jewish relations. In October 2017, she moved to San Diego and launched the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America - YAAANA.