Well hello, folks.
We are delighted to announce that the Jewish Plays Project is now accepting Project Submissions for its 2015 season.
What's New this Year?
In past seasons, we have accepted new work formally through the Jewish Playwriting Contest and informally through a variety of industry channels. This year, we’re combining the two. Every project will go through the same online channel, and it will be up to the primary creative on each to select to which programs they want to submit.
We’re aiming to keep control of your work in the artists' hands. Do the writers want as many opportunities for your new work to be seen, developed, appreciated, and advanced? So do we. They can check all the boxes. Writers want us to look at your new play but don’t want it in the public eye of the Contest? No problem. They can just leave that Contest box blank, and we’ll keep it to ourselves.
We’re also accepting musicals this time around! We developed our first musical last year (Sharyn Rothstein and Kris Kukul’s modern Megillah, Beauty Queen) and really liked it. While musicals don’t quite fit into our Contest or OPEN structure yet, we want to survey the field and find out what’s being created. Can't wait to see 'em!
What’s the Same This Year?
Our two main development programs – the Contest and OPEN: Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y - rock on. The Contest will take us around the country, bringing more than 500 diverse and committed lay leaders into the conversation to help us find the material that best represents our community right now. OPEN will light up New York in June, 2015 with the Contest winner and a few additional projects selected by the JPP staff.
What Do We Want To See?
Plays that think differently about what Jewish theater can be, strive for epic size and impact, and embrace the emotional, the mystical, the theatrical.
Writers grappling with social justice, economic justice, diversity, strong women in Jewish life, LGBTQ inclusion, new perspectives on Israel, environmentalism, and interfaith relations. Artists tackling the challenging, the controversial, the provocative. We are unafraid to walk these roads.
We're asking the field to take a deep look at Jewish ideas, traditions, stories, myths, culture (and yes, even religion). We hope they get into this ancient balagan that’s full of really smart, useful, ethical and moral rules. We want them to show us how they Jew.
That’s it really. Stay tuned to this space to see what we get. Submissiosn are open until October 9.
Make sure your colleagues, friends and enemies know!