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

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, and music.
Tickets are $10 in advance/$15 at the door.

Purchase tickets online or by calling (802) 503-1132.

The Burlington Jewish Playwriting Contest was generously underwritten by the Jewish Communities of Vermont. 

Would YOU like to help support bringing quality Jewish theater to Vermont? Purchase a “Mensch” Ticket for $36 or make a tax-deductible donation today!


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.

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.

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

RSVP to 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…

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.