Begun in 2002, Wellsprings is Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s initiative to find and develop a continuous flow of new plays rooted in the Jewish experience and illuminating the common humanity among us all. Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company commissions new work and accepts unsolicited submissions from playwrights for world premiere productions. The Magic Dreidels by Jenna Zark was Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s first commission. The play received its world premiere in 2000, and has played multiple holiday seasons at MJTC as well as at other theaters in the United States. Hanukkah Lights in the Big Sky by Buffy Sedlachek was also commissioned by MJTC, and received its world premiere here in 2005. Others plays that received their world premieres at MJTC after being submitted to the theater are Lovers and Traitors: The Killing of the Rosenbergs by Elissa Mautner, Shadow of the Valley by Lewis K. Schrager, and The Gospel According to Jerry by Richard Krevolin and Rabbi Irwin Kula. Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company works with playwrights from around the country to bring exciting new plays and musicals to the stage.
“Brought material we have discussed straight into our hearts and lives! The stage was fascinating, story was entertaining, actors were wonderful! What a great show!” — First grade teacher on "The Magic Dreidels"
“We loved it. A very important story presented in a powerful and moving way.”— Fourth grade teacher on "Hanukkah Lights in the Big Sky"
“This needs to be on Hallmark Hall of Fame.”— Audience member on "Shadow of the Valley"
“receiving its premiere in the skilled hands of the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company….far more polished play than one would customarily expect to premiere” —St. Paul Pioneer Press on "Lovers and Traitors: The Killing of the Rosenbergs"
“a play that needs to be seen for what it has to say.”— Star Tribune on "The Gospel According to Jerry"