Starting in 2019, the Jewish Plays Project, NYC, now accepts scripts for new Jewish plays and musicals on an open, rolling basis – there is no submission deadline.
SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS and other IDEALS. They 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.
The JPP seeks plays that find the intersection between Jewish identity and global self. They want to look at the places where Jewish ideas, traditions, stories, myths, culture (and yes, religion) impact, inform, and hopefully improve our lives.
Submitted plays and musicals will be considered for:
- Jewish Playwriting Contest: our national, community-powered search for the most exciting new Jewish plays;
- Artist Shabbats: small-group, private sessions focused on one new play;
- NYC Readings: public and industry presentations in prominent NYC venues of new plays and musicals that are ready for production;
- Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y: our ever-changing showcase of new work at our East Village NYC home.
- Renegade Readings: rapid response readings for new plays in critical stages of development.
The following must be true of a submitted play or musical:
- It contains significant Jewish themes, characters, content, or points of view.
- It is not a Holocaust play (stories that deal directly with the history of the Shoah, its survivors and their children, or the World War II period more generally).
- It does NOT fall into the beloved category of “ethnically stereotypical comedy” (No ‘Yiddishemammeh” plays, no “My Afternoon With Bubbe”, no “Jewlicious”)
- It is in English, or primarily in English
- It is full length, meaning over 75 minutes in length.
- It has not had a full production in the NY Metro region, or a major regional theater (LORT C or above).
- The play has never been published in any form.