Play-Lab Kishroniyah: Magshimim and Bogrim

This past Friday, chanichim (campers) from Magshimim and Bogrim exhibited their Tours de Force — 6 original plays — after 3 days of intensive writing, rehearsing, directing, and presenting as part of our Play-Lab Kishroniya.  They were guided by Instructor Rachel Mann (bio, below). Here are photos of the preparation and performances, with the program offerings below:

Ramah Play Lab

By Harrison Blum
A young boy and his mother take a surprising trip to the dentist’s office. In this play full of action, drama, emotional suspense, and ice cream, a mother and son fight for their lives from a dentist drawn to the dark side.

By Tali Kuperberg
Nova is a normal teenage girl hiding the small fact that her dad is dying. But when a boy in her class, Jackson, tries to unravel this mysterious girl, she will have to uncover the truth and the facts of what she has been pushing way down.

By Ilan Sperber
When his teacher reprimands a student hacker for getting bad grades, he feels misunderstood.

By Elle Faiga and Nina Borzekowski
A mysterious love story involving two best friends and one man.

Playwright and novelist Rachel Mann is excited to bring her experiences writing and producing plays in New York City to Camp Ramah!  Rachel is the author of On Blackberry Hill, a novel set in a Jewish summer camp, which won the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Her play, Class Mother, was nominated for best play at the Winterfest Theater Festival 2016. She is a 2017 member of Athena Theatre’s playwrights group, Athena Writes. Her theatrical work has been seen at Forward Theater Company in Madison, WI, and various theaters in NYC, including Athena, InViolet, EST’s First Brew, and The PlayGround Experiment. Her writing has been published and performed at The Forward, Kveller, Liars’ League NYC and Manhattan Lit Crawl. She has three daughters (all Ramah campers).