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A Year of Firsts

An audio portrait of Luzer Twersky, just after he quit his life as a Hasid, and long before he played one in films

January 6, 2016


In 2008, at the age of 23, Luzer Twersky left his wife, his children, and the Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, to try to make a new life for himself. He was tired of pretending to feel and believe things he no longer felt or believed. Since then, Twersky has gone on to become an actor; he now lives in Los Angeles, and has a leading part in Felix and Meira, Canada’s submission for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, as well as a small part in the second season of the Amazon TV series Transparent. But before all that, back when Twersky had just begun life on his own, radio and television producer Josh Gleason followed him around for most of his first year on his own. Here’s Gleason’s audio portrait of that year.

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