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2016 Contest

Announcing the Winner of
the 2016 Jewish Playwriting Contest!!!

Selected by the combined voices of over 500 people in 9 cities...

REDDER BLOOD
By Helen Pafumi

2016 was the biggest year in the Contest yet, and we learned a ton.

  • In all 5 years, no city has ever chosen the same 3 plays. 
    Each city and region is unique, and the work that resonates in each place is different. We're psyched that we can bring a variety of work to match each taste. 
     
  • Voting gets people really invested.
    Every audience member feels personally connected to the work for which they advocate. Themes resonate personally and deeply, changing people's views of what Jewish theater can be. 
     
  • Today's young artists are telling surprising stories.
    From Chabadniks talking sex to G-d making bad jokes to Canadian Jewish gangsters, the plays the JPP champions challenge our notions of what kind of Jews should be onstage. 

And we are even more proud to share that 2 plays in the Contest ("Redder Blood" and "To the Orchard") will receive their World Premiere Productions this summer!  

City by city CONTEST results

Limmud NY -
Stamford, CT

February 9, 2016
City Producer: Daniel Infeld
Crossing Jerusalem - 1 pt
Match - 1 pt
Redder Blood - 3 pts

JCC of Northern Virginia - 
Fairfax, VA

March 13, 2016
City Producer: Dan Kirsch
Redder Blood - 3 pts
The Son of the Last Jew - 1 pt
Treif - 1 pt

Continuum Theater - 
Chicago, IL

March 20, 2016
City Producer: Devorah Richards
Aviva in October - 3 pts
The Son of the Last Jew - 1 pt
The Hebrew Ladies Burial Society - 1 pt

Oshman Family JCC -  
Palo Alto, CA

March 29, 2016
City Producers: Lauren Berman, PattiSue Plummer, Susan Sims
Redder Blood - 3 pts
The Hebrew Ladies Burial Society - 1 pt
Treif - 1 pt

Jewish Arts Collaborative - 
Boston, MA

April 12, 2016
City Producer: Sara Brookner
Match - 1 pt
Redder Blood - 1 pts
Treif - 3 pts

Charter Oak Center - 
Hartford, CT

April 14, 2016
City Producer: Cody Diagle-Orians
Redder Blood - 2 pts
To the Orchard - 1 pt
Treif - 2 pts

*Samson Family JCC - 
Milwaukee, WI

April 17, 2016
City Producer: Jody Hirsh
Crossing Jerusalem - 1 pt
The Hebrew Ladies Burial Society - 1 pt
Treif - 1 pt

*Gersham Y -
Philadelphia, PA

April 19, 2016
City Producer: Sahar Oz
Aviva in October - 1 pt
To the Orchard - 1 pt
Treif - 1 pt 

*these cities did not have live events, so only awarded 1 pt to each play.