The Midwest Jewish Play Writing Contest
YOU WILL VOTE…ONLY ONE PLAY WILL WIN!
March 26, 2017 7:00 p.m.
At Theater Wit, Chicago
For the fourth year, Continuum Theater partners with The Jewish Plays Project to bring the international Jewish Play Writing Contest to the Midwest. Actors read selections from three brand-new Jewish plays and the audience votes for their favorite to continue on to the final round.
The Book of Joseph
By Karen Hartman
Directed by Barbara Gaines
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
February 26, 2017 2pm
Every family has its secrets. Richard Hollander’s remained in an unopened suitcase for fifteen years after the death of his parents. Inside, he found a collection of Swastika-stamped letters written during World War II by a family he never knew—his late father Joseph’s mother, three sisters, their husbands and children. Unable to convince the family to leave Poland, Joseph escaped to the United States where he fought from afar to save his family from annihilation at the hands of the Nazis, and to avoid deportation and death himself.
June 25, 2017 2pm
This stirring, Tony Award-winning musical explores the endurance of love and hope against seemingly insurmountable odds, telling the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jewish man falsely accused of murder in 1913 Atlanta. Innovative, daring, and filled with soaring music, Parade is a moving love story, a riveting murder mystery, a gripping courtroom drama and a powerful exploration of innocence and naïveté coming face-to-face with ignorance and prejudice.
Congregation Beth Shalom, Northbrook, IL
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Selections from plays help to illustrate the issues raised by assimilation and interfaith marriage. Pew study statistics of American Jews and Big Jewish ideas are presented to spark discussion about the Jewish future.
This event, commissioned by Congregation Beth Shalom, is only by invitation to the synagogue’s Hebrew School students and their parents.
For information about booking this program, please contact Continuum Theater: firstname.lastname@example.org
January 29 – February 1, 2017
Continuum Theater brings Bible Raps to Chicago for an artistic residency. Bible Raps founder Matt Bar and his associate will perform and teach local students to write their own rap songs and create music rap videos on Jewish themes. Participating: North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Solomon Schechter Day School, Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School.
Our thanks to our donors for subsidizing these programs with grants:
Sonia Marschak, Rivka Zell and JCC Seed613