Our “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.
Theatre Kavanah, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, and Temple Sinai are proud to present…
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.
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a week since the Maple Edition Contest. What a magnificent day! We promoted the event as a GATHERING, a CONTEST, a HAPPENING and thanks to a cast and crew of uber-talented folks, a … Continue reading →
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.
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.
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 Editionon 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.
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
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.