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Episode 105: Writer Annabelle Gurwitch on being her elderly mother’s drug mule; plus the creative duo behind the one-man film ‘Wrestling Jerusalem’

September 14, 2017

This week on Unorthodox: We recap the Butnick-Cohen nuptials, Liel has a big reveal, and our guests wrestle with complicated legacies—both personal and political. And, we’ve got another live show coming up in New York! Get your tickets here.

Our first Jewish guest is Annabelle Gurwitch, the author of Wherever You Go, There They Are, a funny, wise memoir about the families we’re born into—and the families we choose. She talks about growing up with a fabulist father, becoming a drug mule for her elderly mother, her colorful Southern Jewish clan, and the various tribes she’s joined over the years in her quest for belonging.

Our gentile of the week, director Dylan Kussman, comes with a bonus Jewish guest—actor/writer Aaron Davidman. They’re the creative duo behind Wrestling Jerusalem, a new film adaptation of Davidman’s one-man play that explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lens of 17 characters from a range of religious, political, and ethnic backgrounds. Kussman explains what attracted him to a story about one of the world’s most controversial conflicts, and Davidman tells us how he preps for his marathon stage performances. Wrestling Jerusalem is showing at Symphony Space in New York City through September 17.

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Unorthodox is a smart, fresh, fun weekly take on Jewish news and culture hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz. You can listen to individual episodes here or subscribe on iTunes.

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