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Maia Morgenstern brings her son to London to appear in “Lost Tango”

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.



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