2017 Jewish Playwriting Contest Winner!
After 219 submissions, over 50 artists, 500 audience members, and a 7 city tour, we have a winner!! Victoria, Canada's Mark Leiren-Young and his beautiful, funny, heartbreaking and heart-healing play Bar Mitzvah Boy.
A grandfather finds new purpose through ritual while a Rabbi struggles to find her way after a tragedy. The measure of Jewish life and values thru faith, suffering, children, joy, and community.
Mark Leiren-Young is a Canadian playwright, author, screenwriter and filmmaker. His play, Shylock, is being produced in September 2017 by Bard in the Beach in Vancouver and a Czech translation is in rep at Divadlo Na Jezerce in Prague until 2019. His new book, The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, is in stores now in the US, Canada and the UK. He was bar mitzvahed at Vancouver's Beth Israel.