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New Yiddish Rep Actor, Luzer Twersky, Stars in New Film ONE OF US


Luzer Twersky, currently appearing in the Yiddish world premiere of Eugene Ionesco's RHINOCEROS, is the subject of the new film documentary ONE OF US. Produced and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (JESUS CAMP, DETROPIA) for Netflix, ONE OF US had its U.S. premiere last night with a special advance screening at MoMA. The film chronicles Luzer's break from the insular world of New York's ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community, despite threats of retaliation and the necessity of cutting all ties with his family.

In 2008, Luzer made his painful break from the Hasidic community at age 23 in order to pursue an acting career. He landed his breakout role as Shulem in the 2014 film FÉLIX & MEIRA. Last season, he appeared in New Yiddish Rep's hit production of GOD OF VENGEANCE. New Yiddish Rep along with Artistic Director, David Mandelbaum, are also featured in ONE OF US.

New Yiddish Rep's current production of RHINOCEROS marks the play's Yiddish world premiere. This rare Off-Broadway revival, starring Luzer Twersky as Berenger, opened September 14th and is performed in Yiddish with English supertitles.

Called "an allegory for our times" by The New York Times, RHINOCEROS is one of the main influences of Theatre of the Absurd. Nearly 60 years since its premiere, RHINOCEROS merges the sublime with the ridiculous in a savage commentary on the human condition where an individual citizen of a small town watches his friends turn into rhinoceroses one by one until he alone stands unchanged. Under the direction of Moshe Yassur, the cast of RHINOCEROS also features Alec Burko, Amy Coleman, Macha Fogel, Malky Goldman, Sean Griffin, Chezky Israeli, Mira Kessler, Caraid O'Brien, Eli Rosen, and Gera Sandler.

Eugene Ionesco (1909 - 1994) was one of the foremost figures of the French avant-garde theatre. Among his most popular plays are RHINOCEROS, THE BALD SOPRANO, THE LESSON, THE CHAIRS and THE KILLER.

New Yiddish Rep is dedicated to creating modern theater which speaks to a diverse contemporary audience, including those who never might have thought they could connect to a performance in a language other than their own.

Performances of RHINOCEROS are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with matinees Saturday & Sundayat 2 pm at the Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42 Street (between Tenth & Eleventh Aves.) Tickets are $45 ($25 for students) and are available through or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111. RHINOCEROS is scheduled to play a limited Off-Broadway engagement through October 8th.
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