Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s Doorways program first began in 2002. MJTC is proud to provide this innovative programming to complement the work on stage. Such programs include:
- community forums
- lectures and symposia
- events in partnership with other organizations such as museums and synagogues
- post performance discussions
- Continuing legal education seminars (CLE) for credit
- work with school children
Doorways programs are designed to open the doors to greater understanding and enjoyment of the plays we present and to give deeper insights into the subjects and issues they address. Each production of the season has Doorways programs to enhance the artistic and educational value of the work you see onstage. Our post performance discussions feature esteemed guests who are professionals in our community. They join us to provide further information on topics in the production, and foster stimulating conversation with those in attendance. Our CLE programs are co-sponsored by the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Doorways Programs
Learn about Puppets and Theater
and get a holiday photo on the set of the play!
Sunday December 17 following the 1:00 p. m. performance
Join us for a fun, behind-the-scenes experience led by Producing Artistic Director Barbara Brooks. Cast members will demonstrate operation of puppets, children will learn about design elements of the play, and family holiday photos will be taken on the colorful and festive set. Photo opportunity is limited to availability. Call 651-647-43158 to sign up now.
Church & State Doorways Programs
In congruence with MJTC's production of Church & State, post-show programs will be offered with the following performances: Sunday October 22 at 1:00 pm, Thursday October 26 at 7:30 pm, Sunday October 29 at 1:00 pm, and Thursday November 2 at 7:30. See below for more details!
Constitutional Law - October 22
Join us for a panel discussion focusing on the second amendment and separation of church and state, moderated by attorneys Steven Z. Kaplan and Phil Goldman, professor of political science David Schultz (Hamline University), and Rabbi Alexander Davis from Beth El Synagogue. 1.0 CLE credit applied for. Sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.; following the 1:00 p.m. performance.
Talk-back with The Cast - October 26
Join Church & State actors as they share personal insights, take audience questions, and discuss elements of the production.
Q & A with The Playwright - October 29
Jason Odell Williams skypes in from New York to answer audience questions and bring further understanding of the script.
The Funny Side of Politics - November 2
Learn about the process of creating political humor. Join radio host and comedian Robert Baril (ACME Comedy), Founder and Executive Producer of Minnesota Tonight Jonathan Gershberg, and actress/comedy writer Alyssa DiVirgilio (Blackout Improv).
Robert Baril's trademark brand of smart, lacerating humor has made him one of the fastest rising comedians in the Twin Cities, and garnered him his own radio show on AM 950, Laughing Matters with Robert Baril. CLICK HERE to purchase Baril's debut comedy album from Grammy winning Stand Up Records. Midwest Record reviews calls Baril "A smart guy that delivers switchbacks with lightning speed and rapier wit".
Jonathan Gershberg is a Twin Cities comedian, writer and producer. In 2015 he created Minnesota Tonight, the critically acclaimed TV show that satirizes local news and politics. It's like Minnesota's own Daily Show, don'tcha know. Video segments, tickets to live tapings and more info at mntonight.com.
Alyssa DiVirgilio is a Twin Cities actress and comedy writer. She was recently "Grace" in Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company's production of We Are the Levinsons. Alyssa can be seen performing with Blackout Improv every third Monday at Mixed Blood Theater and at Minnesota Tonight at the Brave New Workshop.