Jewish Playwriting Contest to Hold Audience Selection Round at Charter Oak Cultural Center

Jewish Plays ProjectCharter Oak Cultural Center audience members will select the winning play to send to New York City for the final round of competition in the Jewish Plays Project playwriting contest.  Center Director Jeffrey Shoulson, chair of the play selection committee, along with a panel of judges, has determined which three playwrights out of the top 10 finalists will have the opportunity to present 20-minute dramatic readings of portions of their work at Charter Oak Cultural Center before the audience, voting by smart phone, crowns a winner who moves on to the final round in New York City.

This event, made possible by the Charter Oak Cultural Center and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life will be held on February 16, 2017, from 7:00-10:00 pm at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106). 

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Created by the Jewish Plays Project, this evening of theater is focused on the best and brightest in
contemporary Jewish playwriting. The Jewish Plays Projects receives more than 850 new, full-length plays on important Jewish themes and selects 10 finalists whose work is shown in various cities throughout the US.  Audiences then weigh in on which play will ultimately be produced.

To date, winning plays for 18 Jewish Plays Projects have gone on to production in New York, London, Tel Aviv, and many US cities.

Take part in this fun and innovative project, and help select a winner!

About the Plays


The Book of Esther by Gina Stevensen (Brooklyn, NY)
An Orthodox 17-year-old girl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, questions her life and her community and pushes beyond the boundaries of it.

The Laws of Blood by Barry Jay Kaplan (Woodstock, NY)
A ghost memoire writer encounters a unique personal history that unlocks part of his own past.

After the War by Motti Lerner (Ramat HaSharon, Israel)
An ex-pat Israeli musician returns to perform a concert in the territories - and to make peace with the family he left 18 years ago.

From The Jewish Plays Project:


The Jewish Plays Project puts bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages. The JPP’s innovative and competitive development vehicle invests emerging artists in their Jewish identity; engages Jewish communities in the vetting, selecting and championing of new voices; and secures mainstream production opportunities for the best new plays.