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HANNAH RITTNER WINS THE 2019 CANADIAN JEWISH PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre with The Harold Green Jewish Theatre, The Segal Centre, The Winnipeg Jewish Theatre and The Calgary JCC are proud to announce the winner of the 2019 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition: Elijah by Toronto playwright Hannah Rittner.

Honorable mention goes to 2nd place winner Havdalah/A Separation by Robyn Israel from London, Ontario and 3rd place winner Holocaust Lumber: A New Immigrant Story by Allan Rosenfeld from North York, Ontario.

The MNjcc will present a “Between Stages” public staged reading of Elijah on Monday June 8 at 7:00 pm as part of the prize. Hannah will also receive $1000 generously donated by the Asper Foundation.

In Elijah, Leora travels from Toronto to Halifax to celebrate the days of awe (the week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) with her expecting queer-sister Shira and her non-binary Israeli partner Ariel. A play about the transformative power of forgiveness and how it impacts our ability to move beyond the trauma of the past. 

Hannah Rittner’s plays have been developed by Nightwood Theatre (Write from the Hip Unit 2016-17), Theatre Passe Muraille (2016 Pitch Andy Winner), NYU’s Musical Theatre Department (Love & Exile), The Stratford Festival’s 2016 Playwrights Retreat (The Life and Death of Ana Petrovna), and the University of Calgary (The Life and Death of Ana Petrovna). Productions include: Estate (Neptune Theatre & LunaSea Theatre), Three Women Mourn the Apocalypse (Old Norman Productions), and The Unbelievers (2016 SummerWorks Performance Festival). She holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing with Distinction from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is the 2019-2020 playwright-in-residence of Driftwood Theatre.

Since 1995, the MNjcc has produced over 40 theatrical readings in an informal workshop environment. “Between Stages” has provided an opportunity for Canadian playwrights such as Dave Carley (A View from the Roof, the first Between Stages reading in 1995) and Alice Abracen (The Covenant, 2017 winnerto hear their work read by professional actors and receive feedback from a live audience.

For more information about Between Stages or The Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, contact Esther Arbeid, Director of Cultural Engagement

Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON, M5S 2J2

416-924-6211 x606, esthera@mnjcc.org

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