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The Contest

An International Search for the Next Generation of Jewish Theater

For eight 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.

2017 Playwright locations.

2017 Playwright locations.

STEP 1: GathER

The JPP gathers scripts from around the world - over 200 per year, representing the widest cross-section of new Jewish drama ever assembled.   So far, we've received and vetted:

1,234 Plays from 920 Playwrights
in 32 States and 9 Countries.

 

STEP 2: JUDGE

A diverse group of New York theater professionals reads and reviews every play, asking three main questions:

  1. Is it a great play?

  2. Does it represent 21st Century Jewish identity?

  3. Can it have a future on the world's best stages?

After much discussion, we choose the

Jewish Playwriting Contest Top 7!!

 

STEP 3: TOUR

The Top 7 travels to as many as 12 Jewish communities, presenting them for lay leaders, clergy, arts-lovers and regional theater pros.

  • Each community assembles their own Reader Panel, and chooses their Top 3.

  • The JPP creates an interactive show - our signature Live Contest Event - for audiences of up to 150.

  • Each city crowns their own regional winner.

Right around Pesach, we announce the ULTIMATE WINNER!

YOUR COMMUNITY CAN BE A PART OF THE CONTEST!! JUST CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW!!

 

 

STEP 4: THE PRIZE

The champion play arrives in New York for the featured workshop in the JPP's annual OPEN: Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y, playing 2 performances for industry and public audiences!

4 of our 6 Winners have been produced on the East and West Coasts!

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THE 2019 JEWISH PLAYWRITING CONTEST:
DIVING BACK INTO THE POOL
 

Last year, we revisited seven years of brilliant work with the BEST OF Contest. The work was well received around the country, and let to our first-ever PODCAST recordings (release date TBA).

Even without a formal submission process, we received over 150 scripts from writers in 27 states and 9 countries between November 2017 and December 2018. Clearly, there was a hunger and a need for the JPP to keep reviewing plays.

The JPP Artistic staff reviewed all 150 plays, and chose this first group of thrilling and vital new work, which is currently touring the U.S.

Plays were selected with the following criteria in mind:

  1. Is it a great play? (Exciting, rich, inventive, and relevant)

  2. Does it have a great Jewish idea at its core?

  3. Does the playwright have a clear and compelling intention to make a Jewish play and to add to the canon of Jewish literature?

  4. Do the plays selected showcase a diverse range of voices? The JPP looks at diversity in:

    • age

    • gender

    • geographic location

    • subject matter

    • religious/communal participation

    • and as much as we can, racial and ethnic range

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at jpc@jewishplaysproject.org

In January 2019, the JPP expanded to serve the Jewish playwriting community by announcing its ROLLING SUBMISSIONS policy - a move made to respond to the field and allow the JPP greater flexibility in serving playwrights, producers, and the Jewish community. That flexibility will allow us to advocate for plays more often, to create new opportunities for plays, and to highlight new and exciting writers.

As this first group of plays tours the U.S., the JPP will be revamping and rebuilding its reading and vetting process. If you would like to become an Artist Panel Reader and you live in New York (that’s a new wrinkle this year)

Come get into the nitty gritty of new plays with us!!