Church & State Press Release

Contact:  Katie D. Howells
communications@mnjewishtheatre.org
(651-647-4315)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2017

 GUN VIOLENCE & GOD IN AMERICAN POLITICS EXPLORED IN NEW PLAY AT MJTC
Church & State Takes a Hard Look at the 2nd Amendment and Role of Religion in Government

St. Paul, MN--Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) continues its 23rd season with Church & State by Jason Odell Williams.

Good-natured and popular Republican Senator Charlie Whitmore is up for re-election. Just three days before voting, he lets slip to a blogger his new thoughts on the second amendment and the separation of church and state. As the news spreads on Twitter, Charlie’s bible-thumping wife, Sara, works to retain religion in their marriage while Alex, Charlie’s New York Jewish liberal staffer, fights to keep the campaign from spinning out of control. Hailed as “A powerful… highly contemporary piece” (Huffington Post), this new play looks at America’s political system today.

Church & State features Matthew Rein in the role of Senator Charles Whitmore. He was previously seen at MJTC in My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, The Last Five Years, and Triangle Factory Fire Project. Miriam Schwartz returns to MJTC as Alex. She was previously seen in Becoming Dr. Ruth, Dai (Enough), and Handle with Care (also written by Jason Odell Williams). Kim Kivens (Sara) and Josh Zwick make their debut with MJTC. Michael Kissin returns to MJTC to direct; he previously directed My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, The Magic Dreidels, Goats, and The Last Five Years.

October 21 – November 12 2017
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. $23
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. $25
Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. $38
Sundays at 1:00 p.m. $30
Sunday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. $25
Tuesday, October 24 at 10:00 a.m. $23
Sunday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m. (Audio-Described Performance)

All performances are held in the theater of Highland Park Community Center at 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116. The theater is fully accessible.

To order, call (651)647-4315 or visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is a non-profit organization currently celebrating its 23rd season. Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company ignites the hearts and minds of people of all cultural backgrounds by producing theater of the highest artistic standards. Rooted in Jewish content, our work explores differences, illuminates commonalities, and fosters greater understanding among all people. For more information about MJTC and its 23rd season, visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org, email info@mnjewishtheatre.org, or call (651)647-4315.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

Individual Producers Donald and Rhoda Mains, Ann Wynia

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