Ms. Morgenstern , the renowned Romanian born actress, will be appearing with her son Tudor Aaron Istodor in a one-off performance of Mario Diament’s play ‘Lost Tango’, at the end of June.
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One of Romania’s best known actresses, Maia Morgenstern, is scheduled to enjoy the unique pleasure of playing alongside her son Tudor Aaron Istodor, in a Jewish Theatre of Bucharest production of Mario Diament’s play ‘Lost Tango’.
Argentine born Diament’s play is being presented as part of the ‘Tales Told in Romanian’ series, that has been developed by independent promoter Claudia Cîrlig with the cooperation of the Romanian Cultural Institute in London.
The single performance of “Lost Tango” will take place on Sunday the 22nd of June 2014, at the Leicester Square Theatre in the center of London, with the mother and son acting team taking the lead parts of an actress and a journalist who are forced to confront each other, with the actress (played by Ms. Morgenstern) hiding behind her profession to “to dissimulate and disguise”, while the journalist (played Tudor Aaron Istodor) using all of his powers in order to uncover the truth. However, as the story unfolds, it appears that neither of the two are capable of acting on the evidenced uncovered, with both of them arriving at the conclusion that the price of finding out the truth may be too steep to pay.
Maia Morgenstern was born in Bucharest, graduating from the Film and Theatre Academy of Bucharest in 1985.
During the first fifteen years of her acting career, Ms. Morgenstern was a member of a number of theater companies in Romania, particularly Bucharest, and has remained a regular member of the Jewish State Theatre since then, and has also taken acted as the theater’s director for the last few years.
While Ms. Morgenstern has appeared in numerous films, most of them in Romanian language, she is best known outside her native country for the part she played in Mel Gibson’s controversial “The Passion of the Christ.” In the 2004 epic biblical drama, Maia Morgenstern performed her role entirely in Aramaic, later confessing that she had absolutely no understanding of the language, and simply memorized her lines phonetically to play the role.
In the ten years since the release of “The Passion of the Christ”, Maia has often been called upon to defend the movie, in particular against allegations of undercurrents of anti-Semitism, with her response drawn from personal experience of her life in Communist Romania where authorities persecuted individuals with revolutionary ideas.
Tudor Aaron Istodor was born in 1984 to Maia Morgenstern and Claudiu Istodor also a well known figure in Romanian theater. Tudor also began to display a passion for acting, especially after graduating high school.
Since then Istidor Junior has been a regular feature on Romanian television shows, theatre productions as well as a number of locally produced films. Tudor Istodor has also appeared as a guest actor at the State Jewish Theatre of Bucharest.