Who: Anna Winger
What: Live Q&A with cocreator of Unorthodox series
Where: Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
When: Monday, June 8, free with RSVP, noon
Why: One of the runaway television hits of the pandemic has been Netflix’s Unorthodox, about a young married Orthodox woman in Brooklyn who runs away to Berlin to escape the suffocating life she is trapped in. The four-part series has led to the breakout success of Israeli actress Shira Haas, who has a smaller but critically significant role in the earlier Israeli series Shtisel, which also involves Orthodox marriage. Unorthodox was inspired by Deborah Feldman’s memoir Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots; while the Brooklyn segments of the show are based on the book, the Berlin sections are fictional. One of the writers and creators of the show, Anna Winger, who also wrote and created Deutschland 83 and Deutschland 86, was scheduled to do a live Q&A on May 28 as part of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan’s Paul Feig z”l Tikkun Leil Shavuot, but the event was postponed because of the protests over the police killing of George Floyd. The free discussion is now taking place June 8 at noon. Judging by Winger’s Twitter feed, she will have a lot to say not only about Unorthodox but about what is happening in America today.