The Jewish Plays Project’s 2019 Jewish Playwriting Contest committee has reviewed, discussed and debated some of the best new plays exploring 21st century Jewish identity. On Thursday, April 11, JPP will be presenting 20-minute excerpts from the three Hartford finalists. This event will feature actors performing excerpts from the highest vote-getting plays directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Associate Will Steinberger and produced by JPP Artistic Director David Winitsky.
A $5 suggested donation will be accepted at the door.
Winning entries include:
LAND OF NO MERCY – Un Drama Américano (In tzvey aktn)
BY RAE BINSTOCK (Cambridge, MA)
A century apart but close enough to touch, two couples inhabit the same cramped apartment.The apartment sits on the corner of Monroe and Clinton, tucked away in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It’s a cozy little place, just big enough for two—but which two? Yetta and Solomon, the Jewish immigrants from 1915, business owners fighting to get through each day and hold on to a world thousands of miles away, while they worry about starting a family in the Land of Opportunity? Or Maria and Alex, the millennial oddballs of the present who sweep into the neighborhood on a tide of gentrification, struggling to keep their college relationship viable in the face of new stressors, new ambitions, and new neighbors?
IN EVERY GENERATION
BY ALI VITERBI (San Diego, CA)
One family. One holiday. Four millennia. The Levi-Katz family celebrates Passover again and again (and again and again) and while times, location, and languages change, traditions stay the same. Over matzah ball soup and (vegan) brisket, the close-knit clan contends with questions of race, religion, and inter-generational trauma. The present echoes the past—and the past the present—as the family repeatedly reenacts the exodus from Egypt, each time asking themselves: must we define ourselves through trauma? Will we ever be free? And why is this night different from all other nights?
By ZOHAR TIROSH-POLK (Brooklyn, NY)
Ån epic drama about three generations of one Zionist family and their search for home. Sonya writes a goodbye letter, Morris makes one fatal decision, Sheila clings and doesn’t let go, and the band rocks on. From Poland to Palestine, to Israel and later the U.S., The Zionists asks: Where is home? What is home? At what price? Who is Herzl? And, most importantly, what’s in the box?