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 different Artist Panelists 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 world-wide audiences.
36 OF OUR PLAYS HAVE GONE ON TO PRODUCTION IN ST. LOUIS, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, SILICON VALLEY, BERLIN, LONDON, TEL AVIV, AND NEW YORK CITY FOR THOUSANDS OF AUDIENCE MEMBERS
The 13th Jewish Playwriting Contest Finalists
As we enter our B’nai Mitzvah season, we are thrilled to bring you seven amazing stories that highlight the breadth of the Jewish conversation today. There is darkness in these dystopian futures, but also joy and lightness, Queer expression and radical recovery
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
Barbra Streisand by Aidan La Poche
A designer faces intense pushback on their new Hasidic-inspired collection.
Blood Play by Rachel Mars
The first Blood Libel smashes up against a tech company’s revolutionary blood product.
Edith by Noah Parnes
A campy, queer retelling of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Female, Ashkenazi with A Sewing Machine by Jamie Greenblatt
A cancer diagnosis sends an adopted artist on a quest for her roots.
Ilya’s Escape, Sasha’s War
by Leonard D. Goodisman
A fable of war, escape, and identity from the Tsar’s Russia to 20th Century U.S.
An Orthodox girls high school puts on “The Dybbuk”, with mystical results.
In Her Madim by Rebecca Ostroff
A Canadian IDF volunteer has a fateful evening with a soldier in crisis.