PLAYS DEVELOPED BY THE JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT

2012-2022

2022 Festival of New Jewish Plays
Featuring the (pandemic delayed) Winners of the 2020, 2021 and 2022 National Jewish Playwriting Contests!

Oklahoma Samovar (2021) by Alice Eve Cohen
Madeleines (2022) by Bess Welden
A Moving Picture (2020) by Jennie Berman Eng

2022 National Jewish Playwriting Contest

Podcast Series

I Was a Stranger Too by Cynthia L. Cooper

Lily Ineffable by Audrey Lang

Madeleines by Bess Welden

Say Goodbye by A.R. Cohen/Corwin

Strawberries at the Datcha by Gena Treyvus

To Reach Across a River by Marshall Botvinick

Tree of Life by Victor Wishna

2021 Digital Contest
The JPP and Artistic Producer Will Steinberger and a roster of amazing directors across the country upped the ante on the JPP’s digital work with a set of brilliant video excerpts edited by Janet Bentley. Check them out here!

10th Annual National Jewish Playwriting Contest

Aristaeus By Elizabeth Savage

Go Down, Moses By Dana Leslie Goldstein

Leo At Yeshiva By Emma Horwitz

* Oklahoma Samovar By Alice Eve Cohen

Part By Mariel Eve Berlin-Fischler

Sh@Med By Joanna Castle Miller

There Will Come A Time For Vengeance By Eric Marlin

What We Found By Molly Olis Krost

* Who By Fire By Talisa Friedman

The Wrong Question By Ellarose Chary

2020 Digital Contest
The JPP was among the first theater organizations to go virtual, pivoting to an online Contest in April of 2020.

9th Annual National Jewish Playwriting Contest

* A Moving Picture By Jennie Berman Eng

Something’s Coming By Ezra Brain And J. Andrew Norris

Motherland By Lisa Kenner Grissom

Settlements By Seth Rozin

Elijah By Sandy Rustin

United Nathans By Jason Sherman

Refuge • Malja • ﻣﻠﺠﺄ By Bess Welden

2019 OPEN Festival

In Every Generation by Ali Viterbi
directed by Howard Shalwitz
featuring Angelina Fiordellisi and Stefani Kuo

Dox Modern Middle by Reid Pope
directed by Aaron Simon Gross
featuring Gus Birney and Miss Fellatia

2018 OPEN Festival

THE LIVE SESSIONS
Podcast Recordings of 3 Winners of the Jewish Playwriting Contest

Plus 2 New Play Workshops

THEO’S DREAM by by Zohar Tirosh-Polk
directed by Ronit Muzskatblit

Di Froyen A New Play In YIDDISH
Adapted by Malky Goldman And Michelle Weisz
from Naomi Regen’s WOMEN’S MINYAN
Directed by Amy Coleman
Presented by New Yiddish Rep

AND

#NASTYWOMEN: A Night of Jewish Female Resistance Comedy

2018 JCC Manhattan Reading: DIVO & DIAVOLO by Adam Kraar

2018 Renegade Reading:

THE RAGING SKILLET by Jacques Lamarre
Directed by John Simpkins
Based on the Memoir by Chef Rossi
FEATURING JUDY GOLD

2018 BEST OF THE CONTEST

#julys by Sam Lahne

a People by Lauren Feldman

After the War by Motti Lerner

Bar Mitzvah Boy* by Mark Leiren-Young

Belfast Kind * by Margot Connolly

Berlin Diary by Andrea Stolowitz

City of Good Abode by Joshua Ford

Estelle Singerman* by David Rush

How to Conquer America: A Mostly True History of Yogurt by David Myers

Redder Blood* by Helen Murray

Six* by Zohar Tirosh-Polk

The Man in the Sukkah by Deborah Yarchun

The Place We Built by Sarah Gancher

Tunneling by Ben Gassman

2017 OPEN Festival

VAHK OYF UN ZING! (Awake & Sing!) by Clifford Odets, directed by Johanna Gruenhut
(presented by New Yiddish Rep)

THE MAH NISHTANAH PLAYS
Four Short Plays Commisioned in Response to the 2017 Political Climate

BAR MITZVAH BOY by Mark Leiren-Young

2017 Jewish Playwriting Contest Top 10

AFTER THE WAR by Motti Lerner 

* BAR MITZVAH BOY by Mark Leiren-Young 

BOOK OF ESTHER by Gina Stevensen 

I DO TODAY by Sarah Myers 

MENORAH by Cary Gitter

ARRHYTHMIA by Ted Malawer 

BERLIN DIARY by Andrea Stolowitz 

HOW TO CONQUER AMERICA: A MOSTLY TRUE HISTORY OF YOGURT David Myers

THE LAWS OF BLOOD by Barry Jay Kaplan 

SONATA FOR FOUR HANDS by Bridget Erin

2014 OPEN Festival

TRUE BIBLE TALES by Rob Askins, directed by Benjamin Kamine

OUD PLAYER ON THE TEL by Tom Block, directed by David Winitsky

G-D’S HONEST TRUTH* by Renee Calarco, directed by David Winitsky

BLOOD MOON by Lila Feinberg, directed by Benjamin Kamine

TUNNELING by Ben Gassman, directed by Sarah Krohn

MURMUR ROCK by MJ Kaufman, directed by Jessi Hill

2014 Renegade Readings

BEAUTY QUEEN by Sharyn Rothstein and Kris Kukul
directed by Benjamin Kamine

THE MANY FACES OF NIA by Lenelle Moise, directed by David Winitsky

2015 OPEN Festival

2014 OPEN Festival

TRUE BIBLE TALES by Rob Askins, directed by Benjamin Kamine

OUD PLAYER ON THE TEL by Tom Block, directed by David Winitsky

G-D’S HONEST TRUTH* by Renee Calarco, directed by David Winitsky

BLOOD MOON by Lila Feinberg, directed by Benjamin Kamine

TUNNELING by Ben Gassman, directed by Sarah Krohn

MURMUR ROCK by MJ Kaufman, directed by Jessi Hill

2014 Renegade Readings

BEAUTY QUEEN by Sharyn Rothstein and Kris Kukul
directed by Benjamin Kamine

THE MANY FACES OF NIA by Lenelle Moise, directed by David Winitsky

BELFAST KIND*, by Margot Connolly, directed by David Winitsky

THE PLACE WE BUILT by Sarah Gancher, directed by Benjamin Kamine

MITZVAH, by David Hein and Irene Sankoff, directed by Marc Bruni

DIASPORA, by Gary Jaffe, directed by Blayze Teicher

#JULYS, by Sam Lahne, directed by Jessi Hill

2014 Renegade Readings

BEAUTY QUEEN by Sharyn Rothstein and Kris Kukul
directed by Benjamin Kamine

2013 OPEN Festival

1300 LAFAYETTE EAST by Brooke Berman, directed by Daniella Topol

THE LAW OF RETURN by Martin Blank, directed by Tamara Fisch

LET ME GO by Jonathan Caren, directed by Benjamin Kamine

A PEOPLE by Lauren Feldman, directed by David Winitsky

GOOD NIGHT, MRS. BERNSTEIN by Lauren Kettler
directed by Shira-Lee Shalit

THE KARPOVSKY VARIATIONS by Adam Kraar
directed by Tamilla Woodard

ESTELLE SINGERMAN* by David Rush, directed by David Winitsky

A QUESTION OF WATER by Steven Schutzman
directed by Tzipora Kaplan

MARTYRS STREET by Misha Shulman, directed by Ian Morgan

BLACK FIRE/WHITE FIRE by Peter Ullian, directed by David Winitsky

CENTRIFUGAL FORCE, by Gary Winter
directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

THE MAN IN THE SUKKAH by Deborah Yarchun, directed by Annie Levy

2013 Jewish Playwriting Contest – Top 12

THE LAW OF RETURN by Martin Blank

LET ME GO by Jonathan Caren

THE MAIDEN OF LUDMIR by Yossefa Even-Shoshan

ISRAELI PALESTINIAN RESOLUTION: A VERY EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PLAY, IN PROGRESS, BY SAMUEL GOLDMEYER by Ira Gamerman

GOOD NIGHT, MRS. BERNSTEIN by Lauren Kettler

DIVIDED AMONG THEMSELVES by Henry Kimmel

THE KARPOVSKY VARIATIONS by Adam Kraar

SKINWALKING by Cecilia Raker

*ESTELLE SINGERMAN by David Rush

LEON’S DICTIONARY by Stephanie Satie

A JEW FROM EAST JESUS by Jim Shankman

A MAN, HIS WIFE, AND HIS HAT by Lauren Yee

2013 Renegade Readings

SPIRIT IN THE SKY by Peter Ullian, directed by David Winitsky

Israeli Palestinian Resolution: a very extremely important play‚ in progress‚ by Samuel Goldmeyer by Ira Gammerman

2012 OPEN Festival

(NB – the first OPEN format was totally different. It had its own submission process and each project was fully-produced and staged. 4 full projects in 2 weeks. It was crazy, and it nearly killed us. One day, we’ll get back to that format – but without the crazy!)

VIEW PHOTOS HERE

SEE THE PROJECTS HERE

GOLEMS OF GOTHAM

based on the novel by Thane Rosenbaum

Adapted and Produced by Sherry Teitelbaum and Fran Sperling

Directed by Sherry Teitelbaum

Aerial Choreography by Fran Sperling

Music by Alicia Svigals

KLAÚZAL SQUARE

by Sarah Gancher

directed by Jen Wineman

Produced by Jen Wineman and Sarah Gancher

Video Design by: Melissa Trn

MAHALLA

by The Anthropologists

Produced by The Anthropologists

Directed by Melissa Moschitto

SALT OF THE EARTH

Read the NY Times Review of the BAM Production!

based on the novel by Amos Kenan

Adaptation and Direction by Zvi Sahar

Produced by PuppetCinema and LABA

2012 Jewish Playwriting Contest – Top 10

*SIX by Zohar Tirosh-Polk

THE WICKED SON: A PASSOVER PLAY by Cecilia Copeland

A PEOPLE by Lauren Feldman

A WORD OF SECRECY by Allan Havis

SCRAMBLED by Beth Kander

BOUNTY OF LACE by Susan Merson

BLACK FIRE/WHITE FIRE by Peter Ullian

WHO BY DROWNING, WHO BY STONING (A COMEDY) by Adam Ultraberg

CENTRIFUGAL FORCE by Gary Winter

THE MAN IN THE SUKKAH by Deborah Yarchun