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Toronto: Theatre critic Lynn Slotkin lectures on “Influential Jewish Playwrights: What Comes First, Being a Playwright or a Jew?” January 16-30

Monday, January 2, 2023

The renowned Toronto theatre critic Lynn Slotkin will deliver a three-part lecture, "Influential Jewish Playwrights: What Comes First, Being a Playwright or a Jew?” via Zoom for the Miles Nadal Jewish Cultural Centre.

Start date: Monday, January 16 2023.


On Monday from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM.

From 1/16/2023 until 1/30/2023

Location: MNjcc Zoom Meeting

Price: $24.00 Taxes not included


Is there a distinction between being a Jewish playwright and a playwright who is Jewish? What comes first, being a playwright or being a Jew? Or are they entwined? Is it obvious in the work? Is there such a thing as a Jewish theatrical sensibility? Learn about some of the most influential European, American and Canadian playwrights and their theatrical works that have made a difference. This virtual series willl be recorded.

Guest speaker: theatre critic Lynn Slotkin

January 16: European Playwrights: S. Ansky (The Dybbuk); Sholem Asch (The God of Vengeance); Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (Nathan the Wise)

January 23: American Playwrights: George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart (Once in a Lifetime, You Can't Take It With You); Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman); Tony Kushner (Angels in America); Wendy Wasserstein (The Sisters Rosensweig).

January 30: Canadian Playwrights: Jason Sherman (The League of Nathans, After The Orchard); Hannah Moscovitch (East of Berlin, The Children's Republic); Alex Poch-Goldin (Yahrzeit, The Right Road to Pontypool); Julie Tepperman (Yichud - Seclusion).

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Lynn Slotkin has been a theatre critic for CBC Radio’s Here and Now, CIUT Friday Morning, and she conducted seminars in theatre criticism for Theatre Ontario. Her reviews and articles have been published in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Performance Magazine, American Theatre Magazine, Eye Weekly, How Theatre Educates, Orbit, Mystery Scene Magazine, The Canadian Jewish News, the London Free Press and The Hollywood Reporter. She has done theatre commentary for Studio Two on TV Ontario and CBC TV-Newsworld. She has been profiled in The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and on Bravo TV for the Arts and Minds Program. She also publishes the e-newsletter The Slotkin Letter which chronicles her theatre going in Toronto and internationally, and which is used as a resource for actors, directors, artistic directors and theatre aficionados. Lynn sees approximately 300 plays annually in Canada, the U.S and internationally. For more information, visit

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At the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company we embrace and celebrate the Jewish story – stories about our history, stories about our beliefs, stories about our struggles and triumphs. These stories have been 5,000 years in the making; they have universal application. These stories have to be told and need to be seen. It is our responsibility and privilege to share them with the world. For more information, visit

Photo: Lynn Slotkin.