Charter Oak Cultural Center will be hosting a virtual edition of an exciting and interactive theatrical event celebrating the best of new Jewish playwriting. The Jewish Plays Project (David Winitsky, Artistic Director) has taken its National Playwriting Contest online and is seeking dedicated theater lovers and Jewish culture aficionadas to vote for a winner in the contest. Charter Oak’s fourth annual presentation of three of the finalists from the JPP competition will be presented via livestream on Thursday, June 18 at 7pm. This event is free and open to all.
The JPP invited 7 great directors to record 7-to-10-minute video excerpts from the 2020 Top seven plays with actors from around the U.S – all via Zoom. The JPP has been debuting these videos in interactive live streamed events with partner agencies and theater companies in Chicago, Northern Virginia, Buffalo, Silicon Valley, Israel, and, now, Hartford, CT.
Directors will be presenting the plays in a variety of formats, from straight ahead Zoom readings, to a brilliant animation, to things more like short films.
Once the live events are under way, all 7 excerpted recordings will be available at www.jewishplaysproject.org/digital, where audiences all over the world can view introductions from the playwrights, watch the plays, and vote on their favorite plays.
The Top 7 Finalists were chosen from over 250 submissions from playwrights in 30 states and 5 countries submitted .
The 3 selections that will be excerpted for Hartford’s livestream are:
A MOVING PICTURE by Jennie Berman Eng • directed by Ariane Barrie-Stern
An NYU student screenplay about a Mercedes Benz labor camp during WWII collides with a legendary director/teacher and the dark secret of his Hollywood success.
SETTLEMENTS by Seth Rozin • directed by David Winitsky
A JCC’s resident theater commissions a controversial play, and a battle for the institution’s soul erupts. How can the center hold in a world of extremes?
UNITED NATHANS by Jason Sherman • directed by Michael Leibenluft with Animations by Colin McGreal
A reunion in Israel for three longtime friends turns into a confrontation over the truth behind a tragic night from their past.