We Are Going to be Lucky

We Are Going to be Lucky

Staged Reading feat. Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) and David Basche (The Exes), Post-Reading Q & A with Lisa Ades, Liz Fox, and Amy Fox

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 pm

15$ general ● $10 students/AJHS members/seniors ● $18 at the door

What happens when WWII separates a young, idealistic American Jewish couple? Find out when actors Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) and David Basche (The Exes) read the couple’s letters from the new book We Are Going to Be Lucky. Lenny and Diana Miller were married just one year before America entered World War II. They vowed to write to one another daily after Lenny enlisted in 1943. As Lenny made his way through basic training in Mississippi to the beaches of Normandy and eventually to the Battle of the Bulge, Diana struggled financially, giving up her job as a machinist to become a mother. Their contributions to the war effort—Lenny’s crucial missions as an Army scout and Diana’s work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard—are the backdrop to their daily correspondence, including insightful discussions of democracy, politics, and economic hardship. Elizabeth Fox, the couple’s daughter, edited and introduced the book and joins her own daughter, Amy Fox, in conversation with Film Director Lisa Ades (GI Jews) after the reading.

Elizabeth L. Fox has served for more than twenty years in a leadership role on the National Board of Hadassah, where her responsibilities include writing, training, and public speaking. AJHS is home to the records of Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America (on long-term loan). AJHS is also home to the records of Jewish soldiers who participated in WWII as part of the Jewish National Welfare Board.

Amy Fox is an acclaimed screenwriter, playwright and educator, and a passionate advocate for elevating women’s voices in the arts and the workplace. Most recently she wrote the screenplay for Equity, the female-driven Wall Street film which premiered at Sundance 2016 and was released by Sony Pictures Classics. Amy's previous feature screenplay, for the Merchant Ivory film Heights, starring Glenn Close and Elizabeth Banks, also premiered at Sundance (2005) and was released by SPC. Amy teaches screenwriting at NYU ‘s Graduate Film Program.