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April 4, 2024 | West Hartford, CT – In collaboration with Charter Oak Cultural Center and the Jewish Plays Project, Playhouse on Park is hosting the 8th Annual Hartford Jewish Playwriting Contest. This interactive event will be held on Tuesday, April 16th, 2024 at 7pm at Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Road in West Hartford. Dessert reception begins at 6pm. Tickets are $10, general admission, and can be purchased at

The Hartford Community Readers Panel has chosen their top 3 plays:  MEMORIAM by Nora Flashon (Israel / London); OSHER & THE INFINITE CURTAIN by Elise Wein (New York, NY); and WHY IS THIS NIGHT? A TYPICAL, QUEER, 19th CENTURY, SHTETL MURDER MYSTERY by Daniel Kritosser. Join us for a dessert reception followed by a reading of an excerpt from each of the three plays. The audience then votes for the play they would like to see advance to the finals in New York! To learn more about the playwrights, the plays and/or the Jewish Playwriting Contest, visit

The Jewish Plays Project identifies, develops, and presents new works of theater through one-of-a-kind explorations of contemporary Jewish identity between audiences, artists, and patrons. 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. The JPP has featured some of the best artists working in New York, including writers David Hein and Irene Sankoff (Come from Away), Jonathan Caren (Rise on Netflix), and Lauren Yee (Cambodian Rock Band); directors Marc Bruni (Beautiful), Daniella Topol (Rattlestick Theater AD), and Tamilla Woodard (Yale Drama School); and actors Andrew Polk (The Band’s Visit), Gus Birney (Dickinson on AppleTV+), Ronald Guttman (Mad Men, Hunters), Kirrilee Berger (Amazon’s Just Add Magic), and Obie and Drama Desk nominee Marcia Jean Kurtz. For more information, visit

Charter Oak Cultural Center is a beautiful historic landmark and vibrant non-profit multi-cultural arts center, doing the work of social justice through the arts. To learn more, visit

About Playhouse on Park: Managed under the direction of Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc., Playhouse on Park is Greater Hartford’s award-winning destination for the performing arts. Playhouse on Park offers a wide range of thought-provoking, inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable professional theatre productions that leave audiences often smiling, sometimes crying, and always talking about what they have just experienced. For more information, visit