HBO is filming scenes for a six-part series adaptation of Philip Roth’s award-winning novel The Plot Against America on Ridgewood Row in Maplewood.
On Wednesday, May 8, workers were transforming the cluster of shops — including The Framing Mill, Cedar Ridge Cafe & Bakery, Milk Money and more — into a 1930s-era film set. Roth’s novel follows a Newark family (with references to Union, Maplewood and other neighboring towns) in a dystopian re-imaging of history in which Charles Lindbergh becomes President of the United States and capitulates to Hitler.
Filming is taking place today, May 9, in Maplewood.
HBO announced the series last fall. Stars include Winona Ryder, Zoe Kazan and John Turturro. The miniseries is helmed by David Simon and Ed Burns — the team behind The Wire and miniseries Generation Kill. Simon and Burns will both serve as writers and executive producers on the series. Read more about the production here.
The following images are from May 8, as workers were transforming the shops back to the 1930s: