We are so thrilled to announce the 5 projects that have been selected for OPEN: The New Jewish Theater Residency at the 14th Streey Y! We received compelling applications from 25 teams of some of the most compelling artists in New York with some thrilling ideas for the future of Jewish theater.
The five projects that have been chosen are:
SIX by Zohar Tirosh-Polk
SALT OF THE EARTH directed by Zvi Sahar
THE GOLEMS OF GOTHAM adapted and directed by Sherry Teitelbaum and Fran Sperling
KLAUZAL SQUARE by Sarah Gancher
MAHALLA directed by Melissa Moschitto
Six will perform in its entirety on June 21st, 22nd and 23rd and the other four shows will each present fascinating selections of work-in-progress on June 28th, 29th, 30th and July 1st. New York City audiences are invited to come out to get a taste of the next revolution in Jewish culture. Stay tuned for more ticket information!
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECTS AND THE KEY ARTISTS:
Featured Staged Reading with Multimedia:
SIX by Zohar Tirosh-Polk
Winner of the 2012 JCC Metrowest Jewish Playwriting Contest
Directed by the New Group’s Ian Morgan
When an ex-pat Israeli returns home with her American boyfriend, they are both changed by the echoes of the past and the beauty and spirit of the present. Intertwining stories highlight connections between the complexity of Modern Israel and the fight for peace at the end of the 1967 war. Previous readings were held at The New Group, Cape Cod Theatre Project and San Francisco’s Magic Theatre.
THE GOLEMS OF GOTHAM Adapted and Directed by Sherry Teitelbaum and Fran Sperling
Circus/Klezmer Literary Adaptation
Featuring aerial choreography by Fran Sperling and Klezmer music by Alicia Svigals of the Klezmatics!
Thane Rosenbaum's spiritual novel comes to the stage through a combination of narrative, circus and music. Sherry and her team will develop scenes from the play focusing on the visual and performance language where story, performance and Jewish mysticism collide.
KLAUZAL SQUARE by Drama League nominee Sarah Gancher
American Premiere from the cycle "7th" about the historically Jewish district of Budapest.
Directed by Soho Rep alum Jen Wineman
Ostracized and humiliated by the neighborhood mean girls, precocious teen Klara starts hanging out with a strange companion: Agi, the ghost of a thirteen year old girl. With Agi’s help, Klara strikes back at her tormenters and takes over their group. But over time, the girls’ adolescent power trips and mind games morph into something much older and darker. Inspired by a real square at the heart of the city, a playground built on a former mass grave.
MAHALLA Directed by Melissa Moschitto
Created by The Anthropologists
This brand new ensemble created piece examines last year’s Egyptian Revolution through the lens of the Passover Seder. Melissa and her team will use found text, personal narrative and historical scenes to create a tapestry of freedom, both ancient and modern. Collaborating artists include Egyptian film and theater actress Dahila Azama and scenic designer Sarah Edkins.
SALT OF THE EARTH Directed by Zvi Sahar
Live Action Puppet Cinema
Salt of the Earth is based on Amos Kenan’s novel The Road to Ein Harod, describing an Israeli dystopia after a military coup. Using Zvi’s Puppet Cinema concept – a format in which the audience sees the puppeteers working on stage in real time – SALT will bring to the screen the hero’s surreal misadventures while trying to escape from Tel Aviv to the Kibbutz Ein Harod in the Galilee.
OPEN is generously supported by a grant from the UJA-NY Federation Commision on Jewish Identity and Renewal’s Gen i Task Force, the Louis T. Roth Foundation, and private donors. The Jewish Plays Project is grateful for the partnership of JCC Metrowest (Alan Feldman, Executive Director, Carol Berman, Director of Arts) and the PresenTense Group.
ABOUT LABA: LABA is a Jewish house of study for culture-makers located at the 14th Street Y. 10 fellows -- a mix of artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors, and others -- partake in a yearlong study of classical Jewish texts centered around a theme, and then interpret these texts in their work.