The wine and Prosecco flowed, there was fruit and cheese and great people. Oh yeah, and there were plays!
The 2nd Annual Metrowest Jewish Playwriting Contest lit up the stage of the Maurice Levin Theater at JCC Metrowest Saturday Night! A stellar cast of local and New York actors read 20-minute selections from 3 plays for an energized and excited audience of 70 people - including Zohar Tirosh-Polk, the 2012 Winner!
The evening started out by testing the Txt2Thtr technology. Everyone pulled out their cell phones and answered this question:
This vote was even closer than the final tally for the plays! (If you'd like to try it, CLICK HERE and you can vote, too!)
Then On to the Plays
Six amazing actors (Michael Bradley Cohen, William DeMerritt, Shelly Feldman, Mitch Greenberg, Kathryn Kates and Stacie Lents) gave beautifully rendered versions of each play.
Jim Shankman's A Jew from East Jesus kicked things off with its rhythmic comedy, then coupled it with a dose of social consciousness.
Then Stephanie Satie's touching intergenerational drama Leon's Dictionary brought tears to our eyes.
And finally, David Rush's magical Estelle Singerman took the stage, transporting us through the Chicago night.
The vote was incredibly close, with two plays duking it out for Garden State supremacy, but at the end of the night, Estelle Singerman was chosen by the crowd as the winner!
But it's even better.
The night was so fun, and the audience so invested, that even the playwrights whose journey in the Contest ended on Saturday were touched and moved.
"I don’t think I have ever had a better response from a group of people in the professional theatre."
- Jim Shankman
Thanks to everyone who made the night possible, especially JPP Advisory Board members Nahum Khainovsky and Sarah Rosen for the food and Len Grossman for the wine!
The JPP remains committed to all these plays, and will continue to develop and advocate for them in New York and around the country. You're not done hearing from these wonderful plays!