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Audience Selection Round for Playwriting Contest

Thursday, February 16, 2017
7:00pm – 10:00pm

Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Jewish Plays Project has conducted an international search for the best unpublished plays on Jewish themes. On February 16 at 7 pm at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT), audience members will vote by smart phone to select the winning play to send to New York City for the final round of competition in the playwriting contest.

Enjoy, and judge, this year's top three finalists. Watch a cast of stellar actors read 20-minute sections from three plays, hear Jewish Plays Projects Founder David Winitsky share the latest trends, and then use your cell phone to vote for the play that should continue on.

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.

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!

Reserve your FREE tickets by following this link:

This event is produced in cooperation with UConn's Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life.


Aaron Rosman, 860-486-2271, Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life

Judaic Studies (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, English Department, Hartford Campus, Literatures, Cultures and Languages, UConn Master Calendar

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