Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company Announces 2017 / 2018 SEASON


July 18, 2017


New season features a diverse lineup of five bold productions, including Raye Birk in his Twin-Cities directorial debut, and the world premiere, Natasha and the Coat, by Deborah Stein.

St. Paul, MN--Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is pleased to announce its 23rd season of staging stories about Jewish history and culture with themes universal to people of all backgrounds. MJTC is led by producing artistic director Barbara Brooks.

 Via Dolorosa by David Hare. Robert Dorfman stars in this solo performance about the famous playwright’s trip to the Middle East. Raye Birk in his Twin-Cities directorial debut! 

Church and State by Jason Odell Williams. A Republican Senator up for re-election has a change of thoughts concerning God and the second amendment.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Shari Aronson. Family-friendly and festive tale on how Hershel saves the town from Hanukkah-hating Goblins.

Collected Stories by Donald Margulies. A drama with a young writer and her mentor that explores the question: can someone of one culture tell the story of another?

Natasha and the Coat by Deborah Stein. A NYC fashion intern meets a 20-something Hasidic Jew, and their intersecting lives make an impact on each other.  


Via Dolorosa by David Hare, August 19th - August 27th, 2017

At the age of 50, playwright, screenwriter and director David Hare decided to travel to Israel to explore the 50 year old state and write about it. His conversations with politicians, artists, settlers and historians in Israel and Palestine provocatively reveals the ideas, hopes and dreams of those living amidst the Israeli-Arab conflict. To be directed by Raye Birk in his Twin-Cities directorial debut.


Church & State by Jason Odell Williams, October 21st - November 12th, 2017

Good-natured and popular Republican Senator Charlie Whitmore is up for re-election in North Carolina. Just three days before voting is to take place, he lets slip to a blogger his new and not-so-popular thoughts on God and the second amendment.  As his bible-thumping wife, Sara, works to retain religion in their marriage, Alex, his New York Jewish liberal staffer, fights to keep the campaign from spinning out of control. Hailed as “gripping entertainment” (LA Times), this new comedy looks at America’s political system today. To be directed by Michael Kissin.


Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Shari Aronson. Dec. 7th-Dec. 21st, 2017 This play is adapted from the book by Eric Kimmel. 

Hershel of Ostropol has been walking long and hard with growing anticipation for the Hanukkah holiday. Tired and hungry, he imagines the smell of latkes and the bright lights of the menorah. But when Hershel arrives in Helmsbergville, the village is silent. Goblins have been preventing Hanukkah in Helmsbergville for years. Can this visitor help bring Hanukkah back? Enlisted by the townspeople, Hershel agrees to spend eight nights in the old synagogue to try to defeat the goblins. To be directed by Shelli Place.


Collected Stories by Donald Margulies, February 24th - March 18th, 2018

Ruth Steiner is a respected author in the autumn of her career when she hires Lisa, a graduate student, to be her assistant. Under Ruth’s mentorship, Lisa’s talent is unleashed, but when Lisa writes a novel based upon her teacher’s past, their friendship explodes with questions about intellectual property and the ownership of experiences.  This gem of a play, by one of today’s most admired playwrights, displays “tangled connections between creativity and ideology…thick with ideas like a stockpot of good stew.” (Village Voice) Director to be announced.


Natasha and the Coat by Deborah Stein, APRIL 21st - MAY 13th, 2018                                      

Natasha has just begun a fashion internship in an atelier in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When she clumsily spills coffee on a vintage fur coat, she takes it to a dry cleaner where the work of Yossi, an Hasidic Jew, results in beautiful restoration. As Natasha, eager to please her unknowing boss, brings more and more items for cleaning, the very different lives of these two 20-somethings intersect, opening up possibilities for what their futures may hold. Join MJTC for the world premiere of a poignant play about independence, self-exploration, and defining your dreams. Director to be announced.

Ms. Stein was a two-time Jerome Fellow (2006-07 and 2007-08), and then a McKnight Advancement Grant recipient (2010-2011). Natasha and the Coat had readings at Geva, New Dramatists, and Bay Area Playwrights Festival, both at the Magic Theatre and Berkeley Rep, and will be receiving its world premiere at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company.

All performances are held in the theater of Highland Park Community Center at 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116. Season subscriptions are now available.  To order, call (651)647-4315 or visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org.

This 2017-2018 season is made possible by the ongoing generous support of Target®, Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, Minnesota State Arts Board, RBC Wealth Management, and Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. 

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.