About the Contest
An International Search for the Next Generation of Jewish Theater
For six years, the JPC has been scouring all corners of the English-speaking world for the most fascinating, compelling, daring playscripts that embrace the intersection of Jewish identity and the 21st Century. Here's how it works.
The JPP Gathers scripts from around the world. We receive on average 200 per year, representing the widest cross-section of new Jewish drama ever assembled.
The JPP Artist Panel - a primarily New York-based group of young actors, literary managers, directors and dramaturgs - reads. They ask:
- Is it a great play?
The first criteria for anything the JPP works on is, "Will it make great theater?"
- Is it contemporary?
We believe that we live in an unprecedented moment in the long drama of Jewish life, and we want our theater to reflect our unique time and place.
- Does it ask a vital Jewish question?
We are interested in plays that are about more than just Jewish people. We're looking for ideas, ethics, and modes of thinking that build on 5000 years of questioning.