AJT February 2020 Newsletter

This Issue: 2020 Conference, 10-Min Plays Needed, AJT Doings

If You Haven't Heard Yet, the Alliance for Jewish Theater's 2020 Conference Officially Announced the Location

Alliance for Jewish Theater's 2020 Conference will be
Sunday, October 25 - Tuesday, October 27
in Washington D.C.
hosted by Theater J

Here's something one of our first time attendees said about last year's AJT conference.

“This was my first time attending and volunteering for The Alliance for Jewish Theatre’s 2019 Conference, and it was a profoundly affirming experience of my Jewish identity and my love for theatermaking. Through panels, workshops, and performances, I was able to better to engage myself and my peers in discussions on theater-making rooted in Tikkun Olam. To me, making art, making theatre, is rooted in repairing the world, and therefore, rooted in political activism. Meeting with the attendees and presenters of this conference allowed me to dive deeper into these conversations, and for that, I feel so fortunate. May the seeds and trees that have been planted in the collective consciousness of this community inform our own work and extend out into the world.”
- Danielle Levsky, Social Media Manager, Alliance for Jewish Theatre

Save These Dates! Sunday, October 25 - Tuesday, October 27

Writing a Play from a Jewish Source (AJT Monthly Webinar)

What - Writing a Play from a Jewish Source Webinar

Who - Toby Klein Greenwald, Artistic director of Raise Your Spirits Theatre, Israel

When - Sunday, March 22, 1pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time

How - via Zoom Video and Audio Conferencing

Tickets - Free for AJT Members, $20 for Non-Members

RSVP and More Info - email jeremy@alljewishtheatre.org

The goal of Toby’s webinar is to examine the process of study, writing and directing that comprises the creation of a show written from a Jewish source. We will discuss how to choose from among different interpretations, read between the lnes, and understand the historical context. Ask yourself what story or personalities speak to you personally; about what do you feel passionate? Have questions? Would like to learn more? Let the message reveal itself to you, even if it is something different than what you imagined when you began. Dare to be inspirational.

Toby is an award-winning theater director, journalist and educator, who has authored or co-authored six original biblical musicals – on Esther, Noah, Ruth, Deborah, the daughters of Tzelofchad, and Rebecca, and wrote a spoken word play on Abraham. They have been performed in Israel and licensed for performance in the United States, Canada and India.

The Wanderers by Anna Ziegler currently running at Theater J in Washington D.C.

10-Minute Jewish Plays Needed

Continuum Theater in Chicago, IL is seeking 10-minute Jewish Plays

What: Continuum Theater at The Greater Chicago Jewish Festival

Where: The Greater Chicago Jewish Festival at St. Paul Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve

When: Sunday, June 7, 2020

Seeking: 10-minute plays with Jewish content, the plays do not need to be newly written. Material that is lighthearted or thought provoking, as long as it is strong and uplifting. Submission can be made from anywhere in the world.

Send To: Devorah Richards <Devorah@continuumtheater.org>

Send By: Tuesday, March 15, 2020

Pop-Up Event in Atlanta, GA on Sunday, March 15

Theatrical Outfit (Atlanta, GA) presents…

Indecent by Paula Vogel directed by Mira Hirsch

March 15, 2020 — Sunday, 2:30 p.m.

Come join us for a performance of Indecent, which is directed by former AJT Board President Mira Hirsch. Mira will lead a talk-back session after the show.

Location: Theatrical Outifit, 84 Luckie Street, Atlanta, GA 30303 — located near Centennial Park — one block west of Landmark Diner, two blocs east of Ted’s Montana Grill.

Tickets can be purchased calling the box office at 678/528-1500. To get a 10 % discount, please use KIMMEL as your code. The discount does not apply to service fees. Please feel free to bring friends and family. Tickets are going fast. The show runs about two hours with no intermission. If you go on line, the theatre will show that tickets are sold out. Some tickets are being held for us until Feb. 21 so that’s why you need to call the box office before that date.


If you plan to come, please contact Hank at hwkimmel@gmail.com

Significant Other by Joshua Harmon currently running at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company

What Our Members Are Up To

St. Louis, Missouri: The New Jewish Theatre, We Are the Levinsons by Wendy Kout, directed by Jennifer Wintzer, March 19 – April 5, 2020

Washington D.C.: Theater J, The Wanderers, by Anna Ziegler, directed by Amber McGinnis, February 19 — March 15, 2020

Los Angeles, California: Jewish Women’s Theatre, Sex, Addiction & Love in the 21st Century,

March 14 — 24, 2020

Washington D.C.: Mosaic Theater Company, Inherit The Windbag by Alexandra Petri, directed by Lee Mikeska Gardner, March 11 – March 29, 2020

Philadelphia, PN: Theater Ariel, Ethics of the Fathers by Jesse Bernstein at Kallah 2020: Night of Jewish Learning on March 21, 2020

St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, Significant Other by Joshua Harmon, directed by Hayley Finn, February 15 – March 8, 2020

Upstate NY: Jewish Repertory Theatre of WNY, What I Thought I Knew by Alice Eve Cohen, directed by Saul Elkin, February 6 - March 1, 2020

North America: Jewish Plays Project Announces their Top 7 Plays for 2020

Canada: AJT Board Member Robyn Israel won second place in the 2019 Canadian Jewish playwriting competition for her play Havdalah/A Separation. Originally from Montreal, Robyn's work is a family drama that explores baseball (Expos and Royals), Judaism, and the forces that separate us.