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A Virtual Forum on Racism, Social Justice & Policing with Donessa Colley, Joelle Murchison, Dr. Jeffrey Ogbar, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. & others. Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. held by The Charter Oak Cultural Center, sponsored by The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, YWCA Hartford Region, Harriet Beecher Stowe CenterUCONN Hartford, and others.

The 4th annual presentation of the Jewish Plays Project’s Playwriting Contest! This will be a virtual edition of an interactive theatrical event celebrating the best of new Jewish playwriting. The Jewish Plays Project (David Winitsky, Artistic Director) has taken its National Playwriting Contest online and is seeking dedicated theater lovers and Jewish culture aficionados to vote for a winner in the contest. The three finalists from the JPP competition will be presented via livestream on Thursday, June 18 at 7pm. This event is free and open to all.

Pre-register for this fun event by visiting

The 3 selections that will be excerpted for Hartford’s livestream are:

A MOVING PICTURE by Jennie Berman Eng • directed by Ariane Barrie-Stern
An NYU student screenplay about a Mercedes Benz labor camp during WWII collides with a legendary director/teacher and the dark secret of his Hollywood success.

SETTLEMENTS by Seth Rozin • directed by David Winitsky
A JCC’s resident theater commissions a controversial play, and a battle for the institution’s soul erupts. How can the center hold in a world of extremes?

UNITED NATHANS by Jason Sherman • directed by Michael Leibenluft with Animations by Colin McGreal
A reunion in Israel for three longtime friends turns into a confrontation over the truth behind a tragic night from their past.

To learn more and see excerpts from the other plays, visit

Other events include the Kids Free Summer Camp, Concert in a (Virtual) Courtyard, and Elizabeth Moss’ online Art Exhibit.