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"JWMG" featured Pace University student Josh Lerner for his role in “King of the Jews” in "Bringing a moral dilemma from yesterday into our current times"

03/23/2018

"JWMG" featured Pace University student Josh Lerner for his role in “King of the Jews” in "Bringing a moral dilemma from yesterday into our current times"

...A noteworthy performance was given by Josh Lerner, a student from Pace University, for his role as the young Nisel. This role is perhaps the most difficult because he sits and listens during most of the reading and then steps in to convey the horrors of the Holocaust. He does this with an obsessive conviction that borders on PTSD.

All in all, I found this reading to a Monday crowd of about 200 people to be compelling, impressive and thought-provoking. It left us all to ponder what we would do in a similar situation of moral dilemma. It left us to make comparisons to today’s political and societal questions of who we are and who we should be, about who is good and who is evil, and about what actions we should take and what we should suppress. There are no easy answers, which makes it all the more important that we continue to ask the questions. I hope to be able to see this reading turn into a fully staged play in the near future.

If you, too, would like to see a full production of this play, please email the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene or Leslie Epstein. And send me a note. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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