We started with 175. We sorted it down to 73. We debated and limited it to 40. We read and discussed and put out a Top 10 list. And now, on behalf of Carol Berman and the Gaelen Center for the Arts, the Jewish Plays Project, and our passionate Artist and Community Panels, I am proud to announce the TOP 3 Plays!
A People by Lauren Feldman
A kaleidoscopic, intertwined, shape-shifting journey through Jewish history and culture, created for a minyan of mixed race and gender actors, Lauren's play examines the core question: Are We Still a People?
Six by Zohar Tirosh-Polk
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.
The Wicked Son: A Passover Play by Cecilia Copeland
A tense family seder. A cross-dressing host. Divorce. Money. Drugs. Legal hurdles. An unlikely love story in the Holy Land. A play as complex and diverse as contemporary Jewish life.
We could not be more excited to present these plays to the world. A special thank you to Allan Havis (A Word of Secrecy), Adam Unterberg (Who By Drowning, Who By Stoning: A Comedy), Beth Kander (Scrambled), Peter Ullian (Black Fire White Fire), Deborah Yarchum (The Man in the Sukkah), Susan Merson (Bounty of Lace), and Gary Winter (Centrifugal Force) whose plays made our decision so hard. All of their plays (and many others that were in the Contest) will be part of the Project going forward, and we hope they all get produced around the nation soon!
Intruiging facts about our Top 3 Plays and their writers:
• These playwrights are from all over the place (Miami, israel and Iowa, respectively) but now reside in New York City.
• All three top plays are by women.
• All three grapple with Israel in some way (that was not intentional, it just happened!)
• All three have yet to be produced (so we have an amazing opportunity to get that to happen).
So now what?
At 8 pm on March 24th at the JCC, the Jewish Playwriting Contest will finish up in grand style with Txt2Thtr, a revolutionary event in which "teasers" of the top three new plays will be performed by a group of amazing actors under the direction of Midtown Direct Rep's Jeremy Dobrish. Using new interactive technology, the audience will vote on the winner using their cell phones. Yes, you heard that right - using their cell phones.
Tickets are on sale now!
And remember, this Contest is just the first part of the Project. In June, we will present OPEN: The New Jewish Theater Residency at the 14th Street Y, which will include the winner of the Contest and 4 other amazing projects (we are considering an opera, an investigative devised piece on Mexcan/Hasidic relations in Brooklyn, and several new plays - its gonna be amazing!). And next fall, we'll be moving ahead with some more amazing theater pieces that celebrate 21st Century Jewish life and its impact on the global dialogue.
A huge thank you to everyone who has played a part in getting us this far. We can't wait to see you all on March 24th!
Director, Jewish Plays Project
Director, JCC Metrowest Gaelen Center for the Arts
The Finals of the JCC Metrowest Jewish Playwriting Contest
Saturday, March 24, 2012 • 8 pm
JCC Metrowest • 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
By Phone: 1-800-494-TIXS
In Person: at the JCC Box Office
$18 JCC Members • $22 Public
Questions? Call 973-530-3421 or 347.878.5771