3rd annual Jewish Playwriting Contest open for submissions

David Winitsky (Artistic Director) and Jeremy Stoller (Contest Producer) of the jewish plays project (jpp) are excited to announce the return of their competition for full-length plays dealing with contemporary jewish themes. Using a curated jury process followed by a series of live selection events, the Contest will give equal voice to jewish audiences and artists in creating jewish theater for the 21st century.

Eligibility:  From their website:  “THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS and other IDEALS. We believe that jewish identity and culture are specific manifestations of universal human cravings for spiritual, ethical, moral and worldly joy. “Matrilineal descent” is neither important nor necessary.”

What to submit:  Full-length plays that deal with contemporary jewish themes that have never been produced in New York City.  Full guidelines can be found on their website.

The following must be true of a submitted play:

  1. It is not a Yiddish play.
  2. It is in English.  (Translatons welcome.)
  3. It is not a Holocaust play. (There is a separate category for those. See //shoah)
  4. It contains significant jewish themes, characters, content, or points of view.
  5. It does NOT fall into the beloved category of “ethnically stereotypical comedy” (No ‘Yiddishemammeh” plays, no “My Afternoon With Bubbe”, no “Jewtopia”)
  6. It has not had a full production in the NY Metro region, or been published.
  7. It is NOT a musical (plays with music may apply).

How to apply:  Submissions are made through their online form.

What you get:  The winning play will receive development as part of the jpp’s 3rd OPEN Festival of new jewish theater at the 14th Street Y (residency, reading or workshop up to $2,500 plus artist travel to New York) in June of 2014. The Top 10 plays in the Contest will be considered for further development by the jpp, either as part of the Festival or through other programs.

Deadline:  21 November 2013 at 6pm

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

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