Monday, June 13, 2011

In the Beginning: A Jewish Playwrights Festival, June 13-16

The 2nd annual In the Beginning: A Jewish Playwrights Festival takes place over the next four days at the JCC Miles Nadal in Toronto.

Each night brings a different play by a different Jewish Canadian playwright and a Jewish Canadian director. Tonight's offering is The Peace Maker by Natasha Greenblatt and directed by Aviva Armour-Ostroff. This will be followed by Therefore Choose Life by Kathy Kacer and Jake Epstein directed by Jen Schuber; Haunted by Daniel Karasik directed by Richard Rose; and Tough Jews by Michael Ross Albert directed by Jack Grinhaus.

The Miles Nadal JCC is located at 750 Spadina Avenue at Bloor St. W. All shows begin at 7:00pm and are free.


In the Beginning: A Jewish Playwrights Festival

Esther Arbeid 416-924-6211 x 606

Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Bloor St (at Spadina)
June 13 - 16, 2011 | FREE Admission

The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company presents IN THE BEGINNING: A JEWISH PLAYWRIGHT'S FESTIVAL, in partnership with the Miles Nadal JCC and the Koffler Centre of the Arts, June 13 - 16, 2011.  

Now in its second year, IN THE BEGINNING aims to open the door for Jewish voices that offer fresh perspectives on Jewish history, heritage, and experience. IN THE BEGINNING is designed to develop the canon of Jewish theatre writers in Canada and offer Jewish Canadian playwrights the chance to workshop their scripts with professional actors and directors culminating in a staged public reading at the Miles Nadal JCC in Toronto.

"This festival showcases emerging Jewish playwrights sharing new Jewish stories that need to be heard," said David Eisner, co-Artistic Director of the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company. "Ultimately we'd like to develop these pieces and potentially move them forward to a future production."

Produced by Sascha Cole for the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, the four plays - by Natasha Greenblatt; the mother and son team of Kathy Kacer and Jake Epstein; Daniel Karasik; and Michael Ross Albert - were selected from over 20 submissions received from across Canada.

The plays are:

THE PEACE MAKER by Natasha Greenblatt
Directed by Aviva Armour-Ostroff
Monday, June 13, 7 PM
THE PEACE MAKER, a political drama overflowing with music, takes us on one woman's journey from Israel to the West Bank as her attempts to make peace backfire.

THEREFORE CHOOSE LIFE by Kathy Kacer and Jake Epstein
Directed by Jen Shuber 
Tuesday, June 14, 7 PM
When a letter from the past arrives unexpectedly, a Holocaust survivor is forced to choose between his wife of 25 years and the woman he thought he had lost in the camps.

HAUNTED by Daniel Karasik
Directed by Richard Rose
Wednesday, June 15, 7 PM
The widow of a murdered doctor becomes involved with her congregation's young rabbi.  Meanwhile, her daughter has begun to see her father's ghost.  A play about spiritual hunger, and the various ways the spiritually hungry pursue the spectre of redemption.

TOUGH JEWS by Michael Ross Albert
Directed by Jack Grinhaus
Thursday, June 16, 7 PM
In the crime-filled ghetto of Depression-era Toronto, the members of a first generation Canadian family struggle to maintain the bonds that hold them together and implicate themselves in the Crime of the Century.

For more information visit or call 416.932.9995.

IN THE BEGINNING is presented by the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, in partnership with the Miles Nadal JCC and the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Sponsored by the RBC Foundation.

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