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Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish Details

  • Release Date: May 11, 2012
  • Genres: Drama
  • Director:Eve Annenberg


Ava, a bitter middle aged Brooklyn nurse has to translate Shakespeare's play from arcane to modern Yiddish for her Master's coursework. When needs help, she hires gorgeous, charismatic and ethically challenged Lazer and Mendy, two young Ultra Orthodox dropouts living like scam artist-refugees on the streets of Brooklyn in a stolen van. They've never heard of the play, the playwright, and don't know how it ends! As they start to modernize and imbibe the poetry and action, they fall under its rapturous spell and begin to live it in their heads in a gauzy and beautiful alternate reality where everyone is...some kind of Orthodox. And with this immersion comes another new concept: romantic love. The Bard may have never dreamed of the Montagues as Satmar Jews and the Lubavitchers as the Capulets, but in this magical rendition, the story of feuding Orthodox families is universal and timeless.

  • Release date:May 11, 2012



Eve Annenberg