WE DID IT!

hatchfundThanks to 89+ wonderful supporters and a very generous matching gift campaign last weekend, WE DID IT!

We reached our minimum fundraising goal — overshooting our $5,000 goal by a couple hundred dollars!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Still feeling generous? Your tax-deductible donation will help us create a more polished, memorable, and deeply impactful event!

Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going

sheet musicWe wanted to share some of the exciting developments that have happened since we started our journey on the road to producing Brundibár next spring:

  • set designA number of gifted artists, musicians, and theatre tech folks have signed on the Brundibár crew, including: Brian Perkins (musician), Kim DesJardins (visual artist), Cavan Meese (lighting design), and Bill Myregaard (musician).

And, most importantly, we’ve had the support of many generous donors and friends who have given to our campaign or simply helped spread the word. We really couldn’t do this work without you! 

In addition to actors/singers, we will need talented and enthusiastic people from many walks of life to help us make the show as successful as possible! Do you have a great idea for how you could be involved with the show? Let us know. 

We Will Build A Singing Army — With Your Help

brundibarWe like a good story and a good challenge at Theatre Kavanah. Well, those two things are coming together in our next project — Brundibár: A Musical Tale.

Brundibár: A Musical Tale is a contemporary staging of a children’s opera written by Hans Krása just prior to the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. Brundibár‘s heroes–the children Aninku and Pepicek–overcome their oppressor, the brash and unmusical organ grinder Brundibár, by rallying the children of the town to sing loudly and beautifully. This simple narrative reminds us that we cannot remain neutral in the face of oppression; we can achieve the seemingly impossible by working together toward common goals.

Help Us Make the Seemingly Impossible, Possible
With YOUR HELP we can achieve the very ambitious goal of bringing Brundibár: A Musical Tale to Burlington’s City Hall in March, 2016.

Rather than simply staging a traditional production in a conventional theater, we are collaborating with In Tandem Arts to produce Brundibár as a community-driven effort that can involve and engage people on many different levels.

But we need your support to bring all the pieces together. 

Learn more about our crowdfunding campaign and other ways you can help.

Help Us Win a Crowdfunded Grant!

Join us at ArtsRiot in Burlington on Thursday, May 28, to learn more about our next project —“Brundibar: A Musical Tale” — and help us win a crowdfunded grant. brundibar1

A mere $10 will buy you admission, a vote on your favorite community project (hint, hint…), and a communal supper. Such a deal!

Learn more and buy tickets.

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Like us on Facebook, click here to make a donation, or contact us today to learn about how you can support this exciting collaborative production!

And the Vermont winner is…

Drum roll please… BELFAST KIND by Margot Connolly.

Not only is Belfast Kind the top play in Vermont, but it will be given a workshop production and designated featured play at the JPP OPEN Festival of New Jewish Plays at the end of June in NYC. Congrats to Margot.

MargotConnollyBut wait – there’s more great news. Mazel tov to all three of our playwrights in the VT contest because they will ALL get full play readings during the OPEN Festival. Way to go Monica Raymond (THE OWL GIRL) and Gary Jaffe (DIASPORA). You graced us with your fantastic words and story and your presence at our contest.

Massive thanks to David Winitsky of the Jewish Plays Project for your inspiration, for guiding us, informing us, and making us laugh as our engaging emcee. Big todah raba to all who came out to the shows and shared your voices & votes.

The next big thing in Jewish theater is up to YOU! 

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Join Theatre Kavanah as we present selections from three finalists of the 2015 Jewish Playwriting Contest. YOU vote for the play you like best and the overall contest winner will have their play included in JPP’s OPEN Festival in NYC this summer!

Sunday, April 19, 2:00 p.m.kavanahcardfront_final
Monday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.
Temple Sinai, 500 Swift St., So. Burlington

Doors open 30-minutes prior for tickets, light refreshments, schmoozing, and music.
Tickets are $10 in advance/$15 at the door.
Some strong language and adult content. Buy tickets online or by calling (802) 503-1132.

Please note: tickets will be available in advance until two hours before showtime. All remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

You can also help support bringing quality Jewish theater to Vermont by purchasing a “Mensch” Ticket for $36 or making a tax-deductible donation today!

The Vermont Jewish Playwriting Contest was generously
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written by Jewish Communities of Vermont. 

 

NEXT UP: A Reading of Belfast Kind

Belfast Kind poster v4_without descriptionAs we count down the days to this year’s Jewish Play Writing Contest, Theatre Kavanah will be traveling to communities around Vermont to present readings of select plays.

On Thursday, March 26th, we’ll be at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS) to present a reading and discussion of BELFAST KIND–one of the top three finalists that will be included in the contest on April 19th and 20th.

The play, by Bennington College alum Margot Connolly, tells the story of a young Jewish girl trying to find her place in the Jewish and secular communities of Northern Ireland in the 1980s. Should make for a fascinating discussion.

The event starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Hope you can join us! (JCOGS is located at 1189 Cape Cod Rd. in Stowe. Click here for directions.)

Show of Hands at Rutland Jewish Center – March 15

Because there are so many good plays and so little time, we’re doing a bunch of community readings of 2015 JPC contest finalists before next month’s Jewish Playwriting Contest in Burlington. We hope you can join us!

On March 15th, with supHamsa image by Pristine Cartera Turkusport from the Rutland Jewish Center (RJC) Events Committee,Theatre Kavanah will present a full-length reading of Jessica Fleitman’s SHOW OF HANDS, a Jewish Plays Project Playwriting Contest 2015 Finalist.

Sunday, March 15 | 3:00 PM | Rutland Jewish Center | 96 Grove Street, Rutland

Free, with contribution of an appetizer. Donations accepted.
Discussion with actors following the reading.

WHAT’S THE STORY?
Sarah was born with two thumbs on each hand — a real-life chamsah. Will her musical gift lead her back to the father who abandoned her as a small child? The image of the chamsah, the mystical hand inherited by Jews from the Muslim world–forms an emotional backdrop to this fascinating familial tale.

WHO’S READING
Emily Coffin, Max Chlumecky, Isaiah Gilbert, Roy Cutler, Sandra Gartner, Tom McElhaney, Emily Lyons, Stephanie Gallas, and Wendi Stein

RSVP to RJCenter@sover.net or (802) 773-3455.

And the Top Three Finalists Are…

Our insightful and hardworking Selection Panel has chosen three plays to showcase in Vermont’s 2015 Jewish Playwriting Contest on April 19th and 20th:

DIASPORA by Gary Jaffe
BELFAST KIND by Margot Connolly
THE OWL GIRL by Monica Raymond

We’ll be sharing more info about these–and other Top Ten finalists–soon.

In the meantime, enjoy these photos from  a recent reading of Deb Margolin’s TURQUOISE. (Showing Chris Caswell, a fabulous cast of local actors, and Jewish Plays Project‘s David Winitsky connecting via Skype.)

Decisions, Decisions

JPP WordleOur Selection Panel is meeting tonight to choose the three plays that will be featured in Vermont’s Jewish Plays Project contest.

Wondering if we’ll all agree? Narrowing down ten plays to three is, as you can imagine, an interesting process.  Kudos to the playwrights for such a diverse group to choose from.

Stay tuned…