Jewish Playwriting Contest 2021: ZOOM play reading and contest

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Zoom reading: 3 new Jewish plays compete in international playwriting contest. See the Excerpts and Vote!

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An International Contest For Best Jewish Play

Zoom rehearsed reading and presentation of 3 new Jewish Plays.

Chicago area’s Continuum Theater and The Jewish Plays Project, host a FIRST LOOK of 3 new Jewish plays.

The Midwest Jewish Playwriting Contest is part of an annual showcase and international contest for Best Jewish Play of the year, founded by The Jewish Plays Project. The contest is hosted in the Chicago area by Continuum Theater.

Zoom Event: Sunday, April 18 @ 2:00 p.m.

  • Actors will perform a rehearsed reading of excerpts on zoom from 3 new Jewish plays. Continuum Theater’s selection committee, selected 3 of our favorite plays from the 10 finalists in the contest.
  • The moderator and the three playwrights will present their plays.
  • YOU WILL VOTE! At the end of the program, audience members will get to vote for their top pick.
  • Zoom Link: An e-mail notice with the Zoom link will be sent to your e-mail a few days before the event.Look for mailings to come from CONTINUUM THEATER. We apologize if you get too many. We want to make sure you get your link. Please make sure to check your promotions tab if you have gmail and have not received it.
  • Free Event: Please consider making a donation to Continuum Theater to help support the Midwest Jewish Playwriting Contest.
  • Which play do you think should be named Best Jewish Play of 2021?

The Plays:

OKLAHOMA SAMOVAR by Alice Eve Cohen:

In 1887, two Latvian teenagers flee Russia and become the only Jews in the Oklahoma Land Run. A century later, their daughter reinvents their story, aided by ghosts, blintzes and strong Russian tea.·

PART by Mariel Eve Berlin-Fischler:

This Shabbat, one mother must choose between family connection and family protection.

WHO BY FIRE by Talisa Friedman:

Over six holidays, the members of a Jewish family grapple with how—or whether—to maintain their religious identity in the modern era.

More on the Contest

The international playwriting contest, founded by the Jewish Plays Project, has been in existence for 10 years. This year, over 250 playwrights from forty states and eight countries submitted plays. A panel of 70 readers selected the top 10 finalists.

The plays offer a wonderful opportunity to view the Jewish experience from their own unique perspective. The plays ask critical questions about Jewish contemporary life. This year, women wrote nine of the 10 finalist plays.

The contest shines a spotlight on deserving plays in the hopes that they may be performed by theaters around the world. The process also gives invaluable feedback to the playwrights. Playwrights have received offers to stage their plays around the country as a result of the exposure provided by the contest.

Continuum Theater hosts the contest in the Chicago area. Other regional contests will also be held in Hartford, Houston, and the Bay Area. Continuum's local selection committee read the 10 plays in the finals and have selected our 3 favorites to present to you.

Each region votes for their favorite play. The play with the most points wins the annual contest and is named Best Jewish Play of 2021. The national winner will be announced in June.

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