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; Clandestino; Tunneling; 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.
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.
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.
Theatre 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.
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
Wanna know more? Click Here
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!
The 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.)
Saint Michael’s Playhouse 2013 summer is offering a season of crowd-pleasers, starting with one of Broadway’s greatest classics, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and continuing with TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, and Neil Simon’s comedy RUMORS.
Bring your enthusiasm for–and curiosity about–beloved Yiddish klassiker, Sholem Aleichem, to Middlebury College’s Jewish Center in the Freeman International Center.
This event is free and open to the public– and a little nosh (light refreshments) will be provided. Click here for more info.
Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) begins at sundown on April 7th.
UVM’s Holocaust Studies department is sponsoring the following events to
commemorate the occasion:
Yom Hashoah Lecture
Photography, Jews, and the Holocaust: The Eclipse of a Field
Michael Berkowitz, University College London
Monday, April 8, 2013 | 7:00 PM | Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338)
The Annual Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture
(re-scheduled from Fall 2012)
German Churches and the Holocaust: Assessing the Argument for Complicity
Robert P. Ericksen, Pacific Lutheran University
Monday, April 15, 2013 | 7:00 PM | Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338)