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Coming Soon: TuBishVanya

It doesn’t look as though my own #MakeItHappen idea is going to go through, but here’s an update about one funded project that caught my attention and may appeal to you as well. 

Dear 24/6 Audience and Friends,

As some of you may know, we’ve been working on an adaptation of Chekov’s Uncle Vanya combining it with a traditional Tu Bishvat seder. We’re thrilled to announce that we won the Schusterman Foundation’s Make It Happen micro-grant and will be premiering our Vanya at the JCC in Manhattan on Wednesday January 15th, 2013. To purchase tickets to the opening night performance go to: http://www.jccmanhattan.org/holidays?page=cat-content.

Uncle Vanya will have three more subsequent performances:

  • Thursday January 16th, 2013 we will be performing at NYU – location and information to be announced soon.
  • Sunday January 19th and Monday January 20th, 2013, we will be performing at Manhattan Theatre Club Studios, 311 43rd Street 8th Floor. Sunday at 1:30 pm and Monday at  7:30pm. Tickets are $15 if you RSVP in advance, and $20 at the door. To rsvp email us at twentyfoursix@hotmail.com.
  • 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company has a lot of exciting work planned for 2014 and to ensure our work goes on, we ask for your help. [Support us] with a tax-deductible contribution either via  credit card at this link: https://www.thefield.org/Profile.aspx?SAID=2323 or for information how to contribute via check here: http://twentyfoursix.weebly.com/support-us.html.

    Every donation great and small helps. We thank you in advance!

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2014!

    Sincerely,
    Yoni Oppenheim
    Avi Soroka
    Co-Artistic Directors
    24/6: A Jewish Theater Company

    Uncle Vanya was made possible by a #MakeItHappen micro grant.#MakeItHappen is a global initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network. For more information, visit makeithappen.schusterman.org

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


    Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • For those of you in Israel: Check out this mini-conference on literary translation coming up at Bar Ilan University. (An email announcement that I received assures: “The conference is in English and is free of charge.”)
  • Reading through the January 2014 edition of the Generations of the Shoah International (GSI) newsletter this week, I realized that I might not yet have recommended this monthly e-publication for anyone wanting to follow events and publications relating to Holocaust commemoration and study. Or it has been a long time since I’ve done so.
  • On my tbr list: Claudia Roth Pierpont’s Roth Unbound. Especially after D.G. Myers’s review.
  • An intriguing post from Theater J, including student reflections on Motti Lerner’s play “The Admission.”
  • And in case you missed it: an all-too-brief preview of notable “Jewish books” coming in 2014.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week: University Statements Rejecting Academic Boycott of Israel

    Statements excerpted here.

    And institutions presented in alpha order here.

    See also: Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin on thanking these universities. I’ve been trying to so via Twitter. How about you?

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


    Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • On Tablet, author Alison Pick describes how Christmas helped her discover and ultimately reclaim her Jewish roots.
  • Another essay for the season, from Gary Shteyngart.
  • Rabbi Jack Riemer shares a list of some of the best Jewish books he “enjoyed and learned from this year.”
  • More from Matti Friedman re: “censorship” at Hillel.
  • ICYMI: my own year in Jewish books. And my year in Jewish plays.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    My Year in Jewish Plays

    As I continue to tiptoe around the possibility of writing plays myself–with a special interest in writing plays on Jewish subjects–I’ve been managing to get myself to the theater a little more often. Herewith, the “Jewish plays” I was lucky enough to see–in full production or in staged readings–in 2013.

  • “The Assembled Parties,” by Richard Greenberg
  • “The Law of Return,” by Martin Blank
  • “The Model Apartment,” by Donald Margulies
  • “Bad Jews,” by Josh Harmon
  • “Arafat in Therapy,” by Jeremie Bracka
  • “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” by Mark St. Germain
  • And you? Any encounters with the Jewish stage that you’d like to share from the year just ending?

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