New Jewish Festival Now Accepting Submissions for 2014

J-FEST, the new community-based festival of Jewish theatre, is now open for submissions for their inaugural season. The festival will run May and June 2014, in three locations across the Northeast, culminating in a performance at the JCC in Manhattan on the Upper West Side, which will be followed by an industry panel. Applications and instructions are available on J-FEST's website,

J-FEST shows will be performed on a rotating basis. Each location will be in a different state so that the festival can take on the identity of the community in each location. Each production will culminate with a performance at the JCC in Manhattan on the Upper West Side, followed by an industry panel. The touring model allows productions to be exposed to four distinct audiences.

J-FEST is looking for eight productions falling into the following niche groups: young adults, children's theatre, family entertainment, musicals, plays, cabarets, solo shows, spoken-word pieces, and performance art. A J-FEST piece is a bare bone production showcasing a script in development that is able to travel easily and has a running time of less than ninety minutes.

J-FEST seeks to spark thought and start conversations around Jewish issues. Most of all the festival strives to present entertaining work that is accessible to the JCC community. What does "Jewish" mean to J-FEST? It means Jewish characters, Jewish themes, creative interpretations of Yiddish or Hebrew folk tales...or all of the above, and more! What does "Jewish" mean to you?

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