What’s Cookin’ with Theatre Kavanah?

With all the cold weather we’ve been having lately, we’ve almost always got a pot of chicken soup on the stove. But that’s not all that’s cooking these days!

Jewish Play Writing Contest logoLots of good stuff is in the works–including participating in JPP’s Second Annual Jewish Playwriting Contest (in Burlington, VT) on April 19th and 20th.

Between now and March, TK will be doing full length play readings in as many communities as possible, bringing exciting new works alive to you.

Learn more about how to bring a reading to your community/congregation/chavurah!

We’ll be telling you more about the Jewish Playwriting Contest–and other exciting projects–soon.

Silence IS Golden!

We hope you were able to join us for our Adventures in Mime and Space event–and that you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Rob Mermin’s presentation was informative, entertaining, and heartwarming. His reminiscences of his friend and mentor made us all feel a little closer to the “maestro.” But things got even better. With her inimitable wit and wisdom, award-winning author Leda Schubert helped round out the story by taking us behind the pages of her beautiful book, Monsieur Marceau.

Thanks to Ohavi Zedek and Temple Sinai for making the evening possible!

We’re hoping to post more photos soon, but here are a few highlights from the near sell-out show:

What did you think?
We’d love to hear your thoughts about the event. Tell us what you liked/didn’t like. Is there something else you’d like to see Theatre Kavanah present? Let us know!

Learn to Speak Volumes with Silence and Gestures

Le mime Marcel Marceau, 1976 /Jack MITCHELL /sc

“A magician makes the visible invisible. A mime makes the invisible visible.” Marcel MARCEAU

Good news! There are a few spots left for Sunday afternoon’s very special mime workshop.

Simply show up at North End Studios by 2:30 p.m. for your chance to learn the Marcel Marceau style and the Etienne Decroux Mime Technique from the incomparable Rob Mermin.

Walk-ins are welcome, but the $25 workshop is by reservation or on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more information.

When You Think of Mimes…

Is THIS what you think of?

It’s time to think again.

SEPTEMBER 28 |  3:00-5:00 pm |  $25
Please register by noon on September 24.

Join Rob Mermin, founder of Circus Smirkus, student of Marcel Marceau, and extraordinary movement artist, for a pantomime workshop exploring the techniques of Marcel Marceau and Etienne Decroux. Special attention will be paid to the use of gesture for the speaking actor. Sign up now.

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.