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… 

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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

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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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VCAM
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!

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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.)

Encore! Encore!

We hope you were able to join us for our encore performances of
THE CHOSEN

Check back here for more information about upcoming shows and events, or sign up for our mailing list.

the-chosen

The Chosen immerses its audience in the lives of two boys, two fathers, and two distinct Jewish communities, “five blocks and a world apart.” Set against the backdrop of World War II, the revelation of the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel, the play is at once heartbreaking and hopeful.  Its issues of Jewish identity transcend time, and difficult themes are interspersed with universally humorous moments.

Professionally directed by Mark Alan Gordon, this staged reading  uses minimal set, props, and music to great effect, drawing the audience in and painting complete scenes without the use of complicated theatrics.

March 7
7 p.m. Pre-Show talk
8 p.m. Performance
Town Hall Theater; 68 Pleasant Street; Middlebury, VT
Tickets

DanaYeatonSpecial Pre-Show Talk with award-winning playwright Dana Yeaton
Dana Yeaton, whose stage adaptation of Chris Bohjalian’s novel “Midwives” has been performed in regional theaters throughout the US, will speak about the process of going from “page to stage.” The pre-show talk at 7:00 PM is free and open to the public. Homemade chicken soup available for purchase.
Sponsored by THE VERMONT BOOK SHOP

 

March 9, 7:30 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Stowe; 1189 Cape Cod Road; Stowe, VT
Tickets $10 at the door or reserve them at 802-482-5282 (KAVA)

March 10, 2 p.m.
Ohavi Zedek Synagogue (OZ), 188 N. Prospect Street, Burlington, VT
Fundraiser in support of the Ben Zion Black Mural Restoration Project
Tickets $15-$18 at the door; in advance through the OZ office, 802-864-0218

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802-482-5282 (KAVA)
theatrekavanah@gmavt.net

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