“Wooden Wars” Screening and Discussion
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00 pm
We screened the original Yiddish play, “Wooden Wars” by Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh, followed by a discussion with the playwright. The event took place at the Boston Workmen's Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice.
“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.