CANADIAN JEWISH PLAYWRITING COMPETITION
Originally a program run by an independent group of dedicated volunteers, The Toronto Jewish Theatre Committee, the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition was founded in 1989 and operated out of the Bathurst JCC in North Toronto.
In 1999, the MNjcc adopted this program and ran it with a group of jurors from the professional theatre community. Before 2006 there was an average of six plays submitted each year. With more publicity and exposure, up to 20 plays are submitted from six Canadian provinces, the United States and Israel each contest year.
The competition is now a bi-annual program. The prize for the winning play is a Between Stages play reading (see below). Stay tuned for call for submissions to our 2021-2022 contest.
Program and presenting partners of the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition are The Harold Green Jewish Theatre (Ontario), The Segal Centre for the Performing Arts (Quebec), The Winnipeg Jewish Theatre (Manitoba), The Calgary JCC (Albert) and Chutzpah!Festival (Vancouver). The Asper Foundation is a generous sponsor of the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition.
Since 1995, the MNjcc has produced over 40 theatrical readings in an informal workshop environment. “Between Stages” has provided an opportunity for Canadian playwrights such as Dave Carley (A View from the Roof, the first Between Stages reading in 1995) and Alice Abracen (The Covenant, 2017 winner) to hear their work read by professional actors and receive feedback from a live audience.
For more information about Between Stages or The Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, contact Esther Arbeid, Director of Arts and Culture,
Miles Nadal JCC, firstname.lastname@example.org
BETWEEN STAGES: PLAY READINGS
Miles Nadal JCC with the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company co-present a free reading of the 2019 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition Winner:
Sunday, January 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Starring: Amaka Umeh, Brittany Kay, Shaina Silver-Baird
Directed by Marie Farsi
In Elijah, Leora travels from Toronto to Halifax to celebrate the days of awe (the week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) with her expecting queer-sister Shira and her non-binary Israeli partner Ariel. A play about the transformative power of forgiveness and how it impacts our ability to move beyond the trauma of the past.
This Workshop Reading is FREE for all to enjoy and will be streamed live on the Harold Green Jewish Theatre website.
Followed by a Q & A with the playwright and cast.
This program would not be possible without the generous support of the Asper Foundation. Many thanks to our wonderful jurors at The Segal Centre for Performing Arts (Montreal), Calgary JCC, Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company (Toronto) and The Winnipeg Jewish Theatre.
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