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Murmur Rock

Playwright MJ Kaufman

Playwright MJ Kaufman

Murmur Rock by MJ Kaufman

directed by Jessi Hill

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Featuring Edward Hyland, Tracey Conyer Lee, Stephanie Weeks, Jasmine Cephas Jones, and William DeMerritt

 

 

An interracial family with German roots returns to the old country to find traces of a lost family. Only, what happened to the Jewish cemetery? 

I love how MJ changes up our expectations with an observant black woman, and then complicates that with an ethereal, magical story. He’s given us a kind of closure that is all to elusive these days.
— David Winitsky

MJ Kaufman’s play MURMUR ROCK has been selected as one of Jewish Plays Projects’ top ten Jewish plays of 2014. MJ’s play SAGITTARIUS PONDEROSA received the 2014 Global Age Project Award from Aurora Theater.  

MJ Kaufman is a playwright. Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and recently received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. He has received awards and commissions from the Program for Women in Theater, the Playwrights Foundation, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Young Playwrights Inc., New Harmony Project, and the Huntington Theatre, where he is also a playwriting fellow. MJ was awarded the 2010 Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre for his play, A Live Dress. His work has also been produced by Fresh Ink Theatre, the Yale School of Drama and performed in Russian in Moscow. MJ received the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting.  MJ is currently a member of the Clubbed Thumb Emerging Writers Group, The Falcons.

MJ Kaufman is trans-identified and uses the pronouns He/Him/His. He can be reached at mjkaufmanster@gmail.com.

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