New Jewish Voices

Plays Produced by the Jewish Repertory Theatre

Edited by Edward M. Cohen

Subjects: Jewish Studies, Drama
Series: SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture
Paperback : 9780873959971, 260 pages, June 1985
Hardcover : 9780873959964, 260 pages, June 1985

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Benya the King by Richard Schotter

36 by Norman Lessing

Elephants by David Rush

Friends Too Numerous to Mention by Neil Cohen and Joel Cohen

Taking Steam by Kenneth Klonsky and Brian Shein

Appendix One:-Plays produced by the Jewish Repertory Theatre, 1974-1984.

Appendix Two:-Scripts developed at JRT Writers' Lab and their subsequent readings, productions, publication, and awards, 1978-1984.


New Jewish Voices presents the first anthology of modern Jewish-American drama. These highly acclaimed plays, previously produced by New York City's nationally-renowned Jewish Repertory Theatre, offer an enjoyable and eye-opening introduction to the unique and modern voice of five young writers. The insights and visions of these playwrights will help redefine Jewish theater. While offering college students and amateur dramatic groups exciting new material, these five plays will entertain and delight every reader. An introduction by Edward M. Cohen, associate director of Jewish Repertory Theatre, outlines the history of Jewish theatre in America, the origins and development of the Jewish Repertory Theatre, the methods and programs of play development used at the theatre, and an analysis of current trends in modern Jewish playwriting. The anthology also includes production photos, a list of all plays produced by the theatre, and original scripts.

Edward M. Cohen associate director of the Jewish Repertory Theatre, has directed and produced plays for more than 10 years. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Directing Fellowship, Cohen also received the John Golden Award for his play "Cakes With The Wine. "