Jewish Playwriting Contest
The Jewish Playwriting Contest seeks to discover, highlight, and nurture contemporary Jewish drama by engaging with artistic and Jewish communities throughout the English-speaking world. The Contest has received and vetted over 1,800 plays by 1,000 writers in 34 states and 10 countries. The JPP has actively developed 55 of those plays, 36 of which have gone on to production in cities across the globe, including New York, Los Angeles, London, and Tel Aviv, playing for more than 100,000 audience members.
STEP 1: COLLECT
The JPP gathers scripts from around the world —about 300 per year —representing a phenomenally rich and diverse cross section of new Jewish drama. So far, we’ve received and vetted
1,800 PLAYS FROM 1000 PLAYWRIGHTS IN 34 STATES AND 10 COUNTRIES.
STEP 2: IDENTIFY
An Artist’s Panel of more than 80 theater professionals reads like mad –each play is read at least 5 times to answer these questions:
1. Is it a great play?
2. Does it ask a 21st Century Jewish Question?
3. Can it have a future on the world’s best stages?
After four months, a select group of plays are named Finalists
STEP 3: DEVELOP
We bring the Top Plays to as many as 12 Jewish communities around the country, presenting them for lay leaders, clergy, arts-lovers, and regional theater pros.
YOUR JCC, SYNAGOGUE, BOOK CLUB OR THEATER CAN BE A PART OF THE CONTEST!! JUST CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW!!
STEP 4: ADVOCATE
The JPP connects our plays with theatrical decision-makers all over the U.S. and beyond, working to find the best home and the best way to connect our stories to thousands of audience members!
36 OF OUR PLAYS GONE ON TO PRODUCTION IN NEW YORK, LA, LONDON, AND 3 COUNTRIES FOR THOUSANDS OF AUDIENCE MEMBERS
The 12th Jewish Playwriting Contest Finalists
The Jewish conversation today is vastly different than 12 years ago. We are proud to present six playwrights who are asking the questions that matter now. Jewish social media. The Book of Life. Science and faith. The A disappearing mural at Yad Vashem.
This is the reason the JPP exists: to bring these stories to you, to create community dialogue around the things that matter, and ultimately, to champion these plays as they move onto the best stages in the world. We’re excited for you to be a part of our journey.
Jewish Playwriting Contest SemiFinalists
Chocolate Marmite Cake by Magali Jeger
A Jew and a famous Muslim go on a date. Papparrazzi ensues.
Observant by Pamela Weiler Grayson
A violent shooting forces three generations of women to confront their Jewish identities.
Paper Listens by Kwik Jones
Six women in an Israeli prison band together to fight.
The Tenth Voyage of Capitano Giangurgolo Coccodrillo Fanfarone Matamoros Spavento by Ian Thal
Commedia meets Sinbad meets the blood libel.
The True Chronicles of Ben-Zion Palachi, The Rabbi Pirate by Eric Marlin
The historical phenomena of Jewish pirates.