Award-Winning Author Adds Another Dimension to Mime and Space

monsieur-marceauOur “Adventures in Mime and Space” event keeps getting better!

Leda Schubert, author of the award-winning children’s book, Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words, will present a short reading from her work and be available to answer questions and sign books as part of our VERY SPECIAL program on September 28th.

Do you have tickets yet? Get them here.

Next Up: Adventures in Mime and Space

Theatre Kavanah, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, and Temple Sinai are proud to present…

MarceauImage Adventures in Mime & Space:
The Legacy of Marcel Marceau
with Rob Mermin

Join us on Sunday, September 28th, for an evening of rare film footage, a demonstration of pantomime techniques — as well as an exclusive Mime Workshop with Circus Smirkus’ Rob Mermin — and personal accounts of this gifted artist and hero of the French Resistance.

PURCHASE TICKETS and get more info. 

Counting Down to the Maple Edition Plays Contest

Wondering how this contest thing works? Here’s a quick explanation:
In addition to Theatre Kavanah’s own Wendi Stein and Sharon Panitch, we have an amazing community panel who have volunteered to read, score, and narrow down 10 plays to the three we will present as 20-minute selections on March 23rd.

Without the insight of these amazing folks — Amy Rubin, Bob Fishel, Cindy Yans Mayer, Erik Esckilsen, Judy Alexander, Lars Nielsen, Melinda Moulton, Nancy Sugarman, Portia Arthur, Rhonda Freed, Sandra Gartner, and Sarah Venooker — the Maple Edition would not be possible.

And such dedication… 


While many of us were watching the closing ceremonies in Sochi or the season finale of Downton Abbey, our fearless and hardworking panel — under the guidance of JPP Artistic Director David Winitsky — was reviewing scripts and discussing which three plays were going to make the cut. Will it be Murmur Rock; The Many Faces of Nia; Jew Kamp; Modern Prophet; I Now Pronounce; A Jew’s Uncle’s Camel; ClandestinoTunneling; Close to Home; or G-d’s Honest Truth? (Brief descriptions of each play can be found here.)

Tune in, er, join us on March 23rd to find out — and help us choose which play will make it to the final round to compete against the winners from venues in Chicago, IL, West Orange, NJ, and New Haven, CT.

This is gonna be good! Learn more and reserve tickets.

You Gotta Have Art!

WebPosterAnd boy, oh boy do we ever!

Thanks to musician/illustrator Ivan Klipstein, The JPP Playwriting Contest – The Maple Edition now has an unforgettable look!

A self-described “songmaker and inkspiller” Ivan draws pictures, writes songs, and travels with a little acoustic guitar, a big bass drum, and lots of surprises. Without question, the promotional poster he designed for us is a real winner! Make sure you click on the image for a closer look — and to find all the details about this very special event.

Thanks, Ivan!

A Contest. A Gathering. A Happening.

Three plays enter, one play leaves!

It’s not the set-up of a bad joke, it’s the premise of an event that you won’t want to miss: The JPP Playwriting Contest – The Maple Edition on Sunday, March 23rd.

Jewish Play Writing Contest logoTheatre Kavanah
teams up with the
Jewish Plays Project to present selections from 3 new plays. We round out the event with delicious food, music by Brass Balagan, and trivia. You vote for the play you like the most.

Reserve your tickets here.

Learn more about THE EVENT and our special hotel deal.

ANNA’S JOURNAL by Joy Kipp November 14-17, 2013

painting of 2 people in a field

THANKS to all who came to see the world premiere of Anna’s Journal.

Anna’s Journal centers on Anna Ludkin, a 13-year-old struggling to find her way as a Jewish teen in rural Vermont.  Anna navigates the difficult territory of her parents’ disintegrating relationship, school friendships, and blossoming romance with 16-year-old Jamal, who knows what it’s like to be an outsider. As Jamal becomes closer to both Anna and her grandmother, Leah, he begins to suspect something at once shocking and hopeful: that Leah is none other than Anne Frank, who—he believes—has survived the atrocities of the concentration camp, and is living a quiet and anonymous life in Vermont. Set in September 2001, Anna’s Journal weaves together historical accounts, Holocaust flashbacks, and issues of human intolerance into a complex, beautiful, coming-of-age story.

Written by Vermont author Joy Kipp
Directed by Wendi Stein

Generously sponsored by The UVM Center for Holocaust Studies
and VCAM

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Wanna know more? Click Here

Thanks Again!

Rebbe and Son

Photo by Hilary Neroni

Since our successful road tour of “The Chosen” this past spring, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to bring you our next project! But before moving on, we once again want to thank our co-presenters, Town Hall Theater, Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, and The Vermont Book Shop. Theatre Kavanah wouldn’t be possible without community support. Thank You!


Not to be Missed: The Jewish Plays Project’s OPEN Festival

JPPThe Jewish Plays Project (JPP) puts bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages. They’re committed to investing emerging artists in their Jewish identity; engaging Jewish communities in the vetting, selecting and championing of new voices; and securing mainstream production opportunities for the best new plays.

Theatre Kavanah founder Wendi Stein was an Artist Panel Reader who reviewed several plays for this year’s OPEN: The Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y. The festival is free (but donations are appreciated) and runs from June 10-30, 2013.  Request your tickets now! (Make sure to tell them you heard about OPEN through TK.)