Jewish Plays Project's OPEN Festival to Close with G-D'S HONEST TRUTH, 6/27-29

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Jewish Plays Project's OPEN Festival to Close with G-D'S HONEST TRUTH, 6/27-29

JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT has announced the workshop production of G-D'S HONEST TRUTH by Renee Calarco, directed by and Artistic Director David Winitsky, as part of OPEN: The Festival of New Jewish Theatre. G-D'S HONEST TRUTH marks the culmination of this year's festival which included a special presentation of True Bible Studies by Robert Askins and readings of new plays by Ben Gassman, Tom Block, M.J. Kaufman, Lenelle Moise and Lila Feinberg.

G-D'S HONEST TRUTH plays Friday, June 27th at 7:30pm; Saturday, June 28th at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 29th at 2:00pm at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10003). Tickets are free (suggested donation of $18) and are available by calling 347-878-5771 or online at www.jewishplaysproject.org/tickets. Running Time: Approx 90 minutes.

"I love that Renee's play is based on this crazy true story, and then gets to really question the stories we tell ourselves. Her ideas are totally contemporary, but connect to deep roots" -Artistic Director David Winitsky.

Roberta and Larry have just purchased a miraculous Holocaust Torah for their synagogue. So why does the shul in the next town have one, too?

Featuring Marcia Jean Kurtz, David Deblinger, Nicolo Grelli, Sarah Sokolic and Dori Legg.

RENEE CALARCO (Playwright) is a writer, teacher and performer based in Washington, DC. Her plays include The Religion Thing (2013 nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play), Short Order Stories (2007 recipient of the Charles MacArthur Award), The Mating of Angela Weiss, Bleed, First Stop: Niagara Falls, The 12 Days of Christmas, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, and others. Her plays have been produced, developed, and commissioned by Theater J, Charter Theater, Geva Theatre, Project Y, Adventure Theatre, Doorway Arts Ensemble, and the Source Theatre Festival. Renee teaches both playwriting and comedy improv at The Theatre Lab, and playwriting at George Washington University. She's a founding member of The Welders and a proud member of The Dramatists Guild.

DAVID WINITSKY (Director) is the Artistic Director of the Jewish Plays Project, a collaborator with StorahTelling, and a PresenTense New York City Fellow. He has directed or assisted on Broadway, off-Broadway, and regionally at Papermill Playhouse, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Festival and Philadelphia Theatre Company. NYC: Displaced Wedding (New Worlds Theatre Project). A Wonderful Flat Thing (14th St Y), Dominic D'Andrea's One Minute Play Festival, Brooke Berman's Until We Find Each Other (Midtown International),. Regional: Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (What Exit?), and Javier Malpica's Our Dad is in Atlantis (Playwrights Theatre). MFA in Directing from Northwestern, BA in Mathematics from Cornell. Member: Lincoln Center Directors Lab and Emerging Artists Theatre. David is the proud husband of playwright and painter Elizabeth Samet, and father to Ezekiel and Alexander.

THE JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT puts bold, progressive jewish conversations on world stages. The jpp's innovative and competitive development vehicle invests emerging artists in their jewish identity; engages jewish communities in the vetting, selecting and championing of new voices; and secures mainstream production opportunities for the best new plays. A revolution is underway in jewish culture. In music, in books, in film, artists are creating amazing new pathways to Jewish identity. We believe that it is time for theater to join the movement.

All performers appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

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