MJTC Announces the Opening of Regional Premiere: THE TWENTY-SEVENTH MAN

Contact:     Barbara Brooks
                    Barbara@mnjewishtheatre.org
                    (651)647-4315

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2015

 

MJTC ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF REGIONAL PREMIERE:
THE TWENTY-SEVENTH MAN
A new play by Nathan Englander
Directed by Kurt Schweickhardt

“a meditative look at an attempt to eradicate a civilization”
                                                                            -The New York Post

St. Paul, MN -- Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is pleased to announce the opening of The Twenty-Seventh Man, a new work by Nathan Englander. This regional premiere runs from October 17 – November 8 at MJTC’s theater home in the Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116. Tickets range in price from $20 - $32, with student and group discounts available. To order, call (651)647-4315 or visit mnjewishtheatre.org. Press passes are available for the performances on Saturday, October 17 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 18 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

In a Soviet prison in 1952, Stalin’s police have rounded up 26 of the giants of Yiddish literature. As judgment looms, a 27th prisoner is tossed inside: a young man, unpublished and unknown.  Baffled by his arrest, the cellmates contemplate party loyalty, politics, and their own imprisonment and fate.  First written as a short story by Nathan Englander, the drama is based on the real incident of “the night of the murdered poets” in the Lubyanka Prison in Russia in 1952.

Cast:

Jôher Coleman (Moishe Bretzky) is a stage, TV, and voice-over talent. Favorite stage roles include the Jewish high priest Caiaphas in Kingdom Undone and Dr. Patel in Play What's Not There at the Guthrie Theater. TV credits include Head of the Class (series regular) Growing Pains, and Handy Manny

Gabriel Murphy (Vasily Korinsky) makes his Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company debut in The Twenty-Seventh Man. He trained at Webster Conservatory and the British American Drama Academy. Recent credits include Theatre Pro Rata (A Lie of the Mind), The Jungle (You Can’t Take It With You), Workhaus Collective (The Reagan Years), Park Square (4,000 Miles), The Kentucky Repertory Theatre (Moonlight and Magnolias), and Walking Shadow Theatre Company (Compleat Female Stage Beauty).

Michael Kissin (Yevgeny Zunser) is an actor, director, musician, and college educator. A company member at Mixed Blood Theatre for over 20 years, Michael also served as Artistic Director at Minnesota Festival Theater in Albert Lea and Artistic Director of Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan Playhouse. At MJTC, he directed Talley’s Folly, Goats, My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, and Stars of David, and starred in the one-man show, Boychik. His broad range of onstage roles include the Fiddler in A Christmas Carol for 13 seasons at the Guthrie Theater.

Skyler Nowinski (Agent in Charge) is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. actor training program. He previously appeared at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company in The Chanukah Guest, New Jerusalem, The Magic Dreidels, Hanukkah Lights in the Big Sky, and The Last Word... Other credits include Why We Laugh (Fortune’s Fool Theater and Nine Gates Jewish Culture Festival in the Czech Republic), Mixed Blood Theatre, Walking Shadow, The Strange Capers, Workhaus Collective, The Showboat, and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

Naveh Shavit-Lonstein (Guard) previously appeared at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company as Jacob in The Magic Dreidels, and was an ensemble member of Parade. Since 2006, Naveh has worked with numerous theater companies including Theater Latté Da, Children’s Theatre Company, Youth Performance Company, (directorial debut) Nimbus Theater, Girl Friday Productions, and has played Dromio of Ephesus in The Boys from Syracuse and Moonface Martin in Anything Goes both with Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists where he is an 11th grader.

Michael Torsch (Pinchas Pelovits) is happy to be returning to MJTC after playing Dr. Kim/Alec in Jericho this past spring, and Baruch de Spinoza in New Jerusalem. Other credits include Ken in RED (Normandale Theatre), Dad in Matthew McGuire's Beget (Agile Rabbit Theatre Company), and Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors (Cromulent Shakespeare Company). He also recently directed and acted in an original stage adaptation of Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game at the Bedlam Lowertown. 

Creative Team:

Kurt Schweickhardt (Director) has a long history with Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company.  Previous directing projects for the theater include New Jerusalem, A Strange and Separate People, The 75th (inaugural season), The Value of Names (which starred MJTC’s Producing Artistic Director, Barbara Brooks), and Old Wicked Songs. Kurt has also performed at MJTC in The Shadow of the Valley. He teaches at Normandale Community College, and is a freelance actor and director.

Michael Hoover (Scenic Design) returns to MJTC, having designed Jericho and Stars of David last season. Michael designs sets locally for many theaters, most recently Juno and the Paycock (co-designer) and Choir Boy at Guthrie Theater. Other stage design credits include Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Theater Latté Da, and Torch Theater. In addition to his freelance career as a scenic designer, Michael is on staff as the Lead Scenic Artist at the Guthrie Theater.

Annie Cady (Costume Design) returns to MJTC after previously designing many shows including New JerusalemThe Last Five YearsThe Last Word..., The Magic Dreidels, The Triangle Factory Fire Project, Cherry Docs, Miklat, and The Action Against Sol Schumann. Other credits include Children's Theatre Company, Commonweal Theatre, Dark and Stormy Productions, Normandale Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Threads Dance Project, the University of Minnesota, Workhaus Collective, and Zenon Dance.

Paul Epton (Lighting Design) discovered theater lighting at Carleton College and was an award-winning designer in Detroit. Since moving to Minneapolis, he’s designed regularly for MJTC (over 50 shows, including Photograph 51, Handle With Care, Goats, My Name is Asher Lev, Women's Minyan, The Triangle Factory Fire Project, Rose, Old Wicked Songs, and The Chosen), Mixed Blood Theatre, Off-Leash Area, Torch Theater, and the Jon Hassler Theater. 

C Andrew Mayer (Sound Design) has been privileged to work with many of the finest Twin Cities theater companies. Previously for MJTC, he was sound designer for Jericho, New JerusalemThe History of Invulnerability, and Photograph 51, among others, and projections designer for Stars of David. He was a McKnight Theatre Fellow and won an Audelco Award for his design for Carlyle Brown's Pure Confidence at 59E59 in New York City. In summer, he serves as Producing Director of the Acadia Repertory Theatre in Maine.

Kelli Tucker (Stage Manager) has been the regular stage manager for MJTC since 2011. She stage-managed the Ivey Award-winning productions Rose and Our Class as well as Becoming Dr. Ruth, Jericho, Stars of David, New Jerusalem, Handle with Care, My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Photograph 51, and others. 

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is a non-profit organization currently celebrating its 21st 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 further information about MJTC, visit mnjewishtheatre.org, email info@mnjewishtheatre.org, or call (651)647-4315.

This project was made possible with support from the Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment, a fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Foundation.

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.

MJTC Announcing Opening of Becoming Dr. Ruth

Contact: Katharine Kline, Communications Manager

612)205-1609 or mnjewishtheatre@gmail.com

For Immediate Realase

July 28, 2015

MJTC ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF BECOMING DR. RUTH:

A SOLO SHOW WITH MIRIAM SCHWARTZ

By Mark St. Germain

Directed by Craig Johnson

“Inspiring and highly enjoyable.”

                                     -The New York Times

St. Paul, MN -- Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is pleased to announce the opening of the solo show, Becoming Dr. Ruth, starring Miriam Schwartz and directed by Craig Johnson. This regional premiere runs from August 20 - 30 at the Highland Park Center Theater, 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116. Tickets range in price from $20 - $32. Student and group discounts are available. To order, call (651)647-4315 or visit mnjewishtheatre.orgPress passes are available for the opening night performance on Thursday, August 20 at 7:30 pm. 

Dr. Ruth Westheimer is well-known for her career as a pioneering sex therapist, but few people know her incredible life story. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and becoming an Israeli sniper, to her struggle to succeed as a single mother in America, Mark St. Germain deftly illuminates this remarkable woman's untold story. Becoming Dr. Ruth is filled with the humor, honesty, and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became Dr. Ruth. 

Cast:

Miriam Schwartz (Dr. Ruth) is a Seattle native and graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. She was previously seen at MJTC as Jessica in Jericho, and Ayelet in Handle With Care. Other theater credits include Walking Shadow Theatre Company (Gabriel), 7th House Theater (Cinephillia), Workhaus Collective (Homegrown, The Hollow), Guthrie Theater (Born Yesterday), and Theatre Forever (The Brutes), as well as roles including Sonya in Uncle Vanya,  Jenny in In Game or Real, and multiple roles in Clandestino.

Creative Team:

 Craig Johnson (Director) has directed and acted at many area theaters including MJTC, directing Mizlansky/Zilinsky or Shmucks and appearing in Jest a Second. He recently directed The Matchmaker for GirlFriday Productions and Boeing Boeing for Torch Theater. Craig received Ivey Awards for directing (Street Scene, Girl Friday Productions, 2011) and acting (Gross Indecency, Walking Shadow, 2013) and was named Theatre Artist of the Year 2013 by City Pages. 

Kirby Moore (Scenic Design) began his Twin Cities career on a design internship at Children's Theatre Company.  Former MJTC design work includes The Chanukah GuestKing of the Kosher GrocersRose,Sight Unseen, and The Magic Dreidels. Design work for other theaters includes Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, and Theatre in the Round. Feature film credits include Purple RainRunaway Train,Invaders from MarsThat was then, This is now, and many television commercials. Kirby is the resident designer and technical director for Metropolitan State University, and prop master for the History Theatre.

Liz Josheff Busa (Costume Design) has previously designed for MJTC in Jericho and Stars of David. As well as being a freelance designer, she is a Red Eye Theater company member where she has collaborated on over 40 productions.  Her theater work includes costume, set, and projection design. In addition, she has designed for film and television, and has worked in arts education as a teaching artist.

Paul Epton (Lighting Design) discovered theater lighting at Carleton College and was an award-winning designer in Detroit. Since moving to Minneapolis, he’s designed regularly for MJTC (over 50 shows, including Photograph 51Handle With CareGoatsMy Name is Asher LevWomen's Minyan, The Triangle Factory Fire ProjectRose, Old Wicked Songs, and The Chosen), Mixed Blood Theatre, Off-Leash Area, Torch Theater, and the Jon Hassler Theater. 

Anita Kelling (Sound Design) graduated from the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2010 with a BA in Theatre Arts.  She is delighted to return to the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, where she previously designed The Chanukah Guest,  Handle with CareHanukkah Lights in the Big Sky, and The Magic Dreidels.  Around town, she has designed productions for Park Square Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, 20% Theatre Company, COLLIDE Theatrical Dance, Theatre Unbound, Freshwater Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Chameleon Theatre Circle, and The Sabes JCC Theatre.

Jonathan Gross (Projections Advisor) consulted on the projection design for MJTC’s recent productions of My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan WeddingPhotograph 51and The History of Invulnerability.  He has previously been a technical assistant to lighting and set designers for several productions at MJTC including The Chanukah GuestMoonlight and Magnolias, My Name is Asher Lev, and Our Class. Jon is a visual artist and photographer.  

Kelli Tucker (Stage Manager) has been the regular stage manager for MJTC since 2011. She stage-managed the Ivey Award-winning production, Rose. Other credits at MJTC include JerichoStars of DavidNew JerusalemHandle with CareMy Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Our ClassPhotograph 51, and others. 

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is a non-profit organization currently celebrating its 21st 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 further information about MJTC and its 21st season, visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org, email info@mnjewishtheatre.org, or call (651)647-4315.

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.

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MJTC Announces 21st Season

Contact:     

Katharine Kline, Communications Manager

(612)205-1609 or mnjewishtheatre@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2015

MJTC ANNOUNCES 2015 / 2016 SEASON

New season features a diverse lineup of five bold productions, including a hit Broadway comedy starring Sally Wingert.

 St. Paul, MN -- Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is pleased to announce its 21st 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.

Becoming Dr. Ruth by Mark St. Germain (Regional Premiere)

A solo performance about the triumphant life of Dr. Ruth starring Miriam Schwartz.

The Twenty-Seventh Man by Nathan Englander (Regional Premiere)

A powerful drama about Stalin’s violent attempt to eradicate Yiddish culture.

The Chanukah Guest by Jenna Zark (An MJTC commission and return hit)

A charming and festive holiday tale for the whole family.

The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch 

An uproarious Broadway comedy about midlife malaise starring Sally Wingert.

Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon (Regional Premiere)

An edgy hit comedy about millennials’ struggles with family, faith, and legacy.

 

Becoming Dr. Ruth

August 20 - 30, 2015

By Mark St. Germain

Directed by Craig Johnson

A solo show with Miriam Schwartz

Dr. Ruth Westheimer is well-known for her career as a pioneering sex therapist, but few people know about her incredible life. Escaping the Nazis, surviving as an Israeli sniper, and life as a single mother are all part of the triumphant story of Karola Siegel, the girl who became Dr. Ruth.

The Twenty-Seventh Man

October 17 - November 8, 2015

By Nathan Englander

Directed by Kurt Schweickhardt

In a Soviet prison in 1952, Stalin's police have rounded up 26 of the giants of Yiddish literature. As judgment looms, a 27th prisoner is tossed inside: a young man, unpublished and unknown. Baffled by his arrest, his cellmates contemplate party loyalty, politics, and their own imprisonment and fate. The Twenty-Seventh Man is a powerful examination of the slow suffocation of words, culture and, ultimately, truth that occurs under despotic rule.

The Chanukah Guest

December 6 - 22, 2015

By Jenna Zark

Directed by Candace Barrett Birk

Based on the book by Eric A. Kimmel

Celebrate the holiday season with Bubba Brayna, her beloved grandchild, and a very unexpected (and hungry!) visitor. This charming, heartwarming, and festival tale of mistaken identity will delight young and old alike. Ages 3+.

The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

February 13 - March 6

By Charles Busch

Directed by Warren C. Bowles

Starring Sally Wingert

A middle-aged Upper West Side housewife is devoted to mornings at the Whitney, afternoons at MOMA, and evenings at BAM. Plunged into a midlife crisis of epic proportions, she's shaken out of her angst by the arrival of a flamboyant childhood friend. This Tony-nominated comedy from one of contemporary theater's most masterful playwrights is filled with passion, wit, humor, and humanity.

Bad Jews

April 30 - May 22

By Joshua Harmon

Directed by Hayley Finn

The night after their grandfather's funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal battle royale over a coveted family heirloom. In one corner is "Super Jew" Daphna: volatile, self-assured, and unbending. In the other, Liam: secular, entitled, and just as stubborn. In the middle is Jonah, thrust into the impossible position of peacemaker. Bad Jews is an edgy comedy that reveals millennials' struggles with family, faith, and legacy.

Location and Tickets

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

About MJTC

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is a non-profit organization currently celebrating its 21st 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 21st season, visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org, email info@mnjewishtheatre.org, or call (651)647-4315.

 

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MJTC Announces the Opening of Jericho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 17, 2015

MJTC ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF REGIONAL PREMIERE:

JERICHO

A new play by Jack Canfora

Directed by Warren C. Bowles

“A smart, hard-hitting drama filled with biting wit.”

                                     -The New York Times

St. Paul, MN -- Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is pleased to announce the opening of a new work by Jack Canfora, Jericho. This regional premiere runs from April 18 - May 10 at the Highland Park Center Theater, 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116. Tickets range in price from $19 - $28. Student and group discounts are available. To order, call (651)647-4315 or visit mnjewishtheatre.org. Press passes are available for the performances on Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

This powerful new play looks at four thirty-something New Yorkers as they navigate the emotional aftermath of September 11. Characters struggle to make sense of their lives as they grapple with cultural identity, fraught relationships, residual guilt, and overwhelming grief. These issues come to a head as the family gathers for a confrontational Thanksgiving meal. Displaying surprising humor and wit, this thought-provoking play about living and letting go is a moving testament to survival and redemption. 

Cast:

 Ryan M. Lindberg (Josh) is thrilled to be returning to MJTC for his seventh production. Previous credits at MJTC include Handle With Care, The Gospel According to Jerry, Goats, Moonlight and Magnolias, Modern Orthodox, and The Twilight of the Golds. Ryan has appeared around town with the Guthrie Theater (Six Degrees of Separation), Walking Shadow Theatre Company (Squawk, Robots vs. Fake Robots), Park Square Theatre (You Can’t Take It With You), and Gremlin Theater (An Absolute Turkey, Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather). Ryan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program.

Maggie Bearmon Pistner (Rachel) is delighted to return to MJTC. She was recently seen in Other Desert Cities at Bloomington Civic Theatre and, in June, will be in an original experimental piece created for the Red Eye Theatre’s Work in Progress. Maggie has worked at many Twin Cities theaters including The Jungle, Park Square Theatre, and Walking Shadow. In 2013, Maggie told her mother’s story in the one-woman sold-out Fringe show “They Called Her Captain.” Maggie is a voice-over and commercial talent.    

Max Polski (Ethan) is happy to make his debut at MJTC. Max is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. He has acted at the Guthrie Theater, Drury Lane Theater in Chicago, and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York. 

Miriam Schwartz (Jessica) is a Seattle native and graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. She is thrilled to be working with MJTC again where she was previously seen as Ayelet in Handle With Care. Other theater credits include Walking Shadow Theatre Company (Gabriel), 7th House Theater (Cinephillia), Workhaus Collective (Homegrown, The Hollow), Guthrie Theater (Born Yesterday), and Theatre Forever (The Brutes), as well as Sonya in Uncle Vanya,  Jenny in In Game or Real, and multiple roles in Clandestino

Anna Sutheim (Beth) has been working in theater and music in the Twin Cities since 2011. Favorite performing experiences have included shows with 20% Theatre (her solo show Singing Out), Nimbus Theatre (Emma in Babel, Penelope in Happy Birthday, Wanda June), The Friction Collective (the Countess in Primadonnas), and Nautilus Music Theater (performer and writer for REACH, and a 2014 Management Fellow). She is currently writing a pastiche chamber opera set in a coffee shop.

Michael Torsch (Dr. Kim/Alec) is happy to be returning to MJTC after playing Baruch de Spinoza in New Jerusalem last fall. Other recent credits include Ken in RED (Normandale Theatre), Dad in Matthew McGuire's Beget (Agile Rabbit Theatre Company), and Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors (Cromulent Shakespeare Company). He also recently directed and acted in an original stage adaptation of Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game at the Bedlam Lowertown. 

Creative Team:

Warren C. Bowles (Director) previously directed Photograph 51 at MJTC.  He has more than 40 years of experience as an actor, director, fight choreographer, and playwright at Mixed Blood Theatre and others across the country. Directing credits include Park Square Theatre, San Diego Public Theatre, Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Interact, Southwest State University, Augsburg College, and others. In 2004, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak proclaimed a "Warren Caesar Bowles Day." Warren is a recipient of a 2005 McKnight Fellowship for Theater Artists.

Michael Hoover (Scenic Design) returns to MJTC, having recently designed Stars of David. Michael designs sets locally for many theaters including the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Theater Latté Da, and Torch Theater. Upcoming, Michael is co-designing Juno and the Paycock and designing Choir Boy at the Guthrie later this spring. In addition to his freelance career as a scenic designer, Michael is on staff as the Lead Scenic Artist at the Guthrie Theater.

Paul Epton (Lighting Design) discovered theater lighting at Carleton College and was an award-winning designer in Detroit. Since moving to Minneapolis, he’s designed regularly for MJTC (over 50 shows, including Photograph 51, Handle With Care, Goats, My Name is Asher Lev, Women's Minyan, The Triangle Factory Fire Project, Rose, Old Wicked Songs, and The Chosen), Mixed Blood Theatre, Off-Leash Area, Torch Theater, and the Jon Hassler Theater. 

C Andrew Mayer (Sound Design) has been privileged to work with many of the finest Twin Cities theater companies. Previously for MJTC, he was sound designer for New Jerusalem, The History of Invulnerability, and Photograph 51, among others, and projections designer for Stars of David. He was a McKnight Theatre Fellow and won an Audelco Award for his design for Carlyle Brown's Pure Confidence at 59E59 in New York City. In summer, he serves as Producing Director of the Acadia Repertory Theatre in Maine.

Liz Josheff Busa (Costume Design) is pleased to be back at MJTC, having previously designed for Stars of David. As well as being a freelance designer, she is a Red Eye Theater company member where she has collaborated on over 40 productions.  Her theater work includes costume, set, and projection design. In addition, she has designed for film and television, and has worked in arts education as a teaching artist.

Kelli Tucker (Stage Manager) has been the regular stage manager for MJTC since 2011. Jericho marks her 21st production at MJTC. She stage-managed the Ivey Award-winning productions Rose and Our Class. Other credits at MJTC include Stars of David, New Jerusalem, Handle with Care, My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Photograph 51, and others. 

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is a non-profit organization currently celebrating its 20th 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 further information about MJTC and its 20th anniversary season, visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org, email info@mnjewishtheatre.org, or call (651)647-4315.

 

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MJTC Announces the Opening of Stars of David

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 20, 2015

MJTC ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF MUSICAL REVUE:

STARS OF DAVID

Based on the book by Abigail Pogrebin

Directed by Michael Kissin 

“You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy. Touching, humorous, and often moving.”

                                     -The New York Times

 St. Paul, MN -- Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is pleased to announce the opening of a rousing musical revue, Stars of David. This regional premiere runs on weekends from February 14 - March 8 at the Highland Park Center Theater, 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116. Tickets range in price from $19 - $28. Student and group discounts are available. To order, call (651)647-4315 or visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org. Press passes are available for the performances on Saturday, February 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 15 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

This captivating musical revue, based on the best-selling book by Abigail Pogrebin and conceived by Aaron Harnick , shines with engaging personal portraits of over 30 accomplished Americans as they reflect on their Jewish heritage and the role it has played in their lives.  With original songs by some of theater’s most noted composers and lyricists, including Duncan Sheik, Marvin Hamlisch, and Sheldon Harnick, we hear the stories of admired people such as Leonard Nimoy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Al Franken, Kenneth Cole, Tony Kushner, Steven Spielberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Joan Rivers, Fran Drescher, Aaron Sorkin, and many more 

Cast:

Laura B. Adams returns to MJTC where she previously played Claire in My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding. She has appeared in numerous TV commercials and voice-overs. Stage credits include Hamlet (Park Square Theatre), Mishagas! (Actors Theater of MN), Michele! A Musical Bachumanntary (Theatre Garage), and Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays (Frank Theatre). She was most recently seen in Three Penny Opera (Frank Theatre). She has been an actress with The Mystery Cafe for 25 years.

David Carey makes his MJTC debut in this production. Previous Twin Cities credits include Company and 1776 (Theatre in the Round), Private Lives (Park Square Theatre), How To Talk Minnesotan (Plymouth Playhouse), Sunday In The Park With George (Bloomington Civic Theatre), and Our Town (Theater Latté Da). 

Bryan Porter returns to MJTC where he previously appeared in My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding. Other recent credits include Buddy Holly  (History Theatre), Alice in Wonderland  (Flying Foot Forum), One Arm (2014 MN Fringe), The Three Musketeers  (Walking Shadow/Guthrie), Dear White People  (Lionsgate), Gershwin Songbook Series  (Ordway), and Sherlock Holmes (Park Square Theatre). 

Daisy Macklin Skarning returns to MJTC where she previously appeared in The God of Isaac. Her credits include Yellow Tree Theatre, Gremlin Theatre, History Theatre, Old Log Theater, Theatre Latté Da, Starting Gate Productions, Illusion Theater, The Playwrights' Center PlayLabs, Jungle Theater, Children's Theatre Company, Brave New Workshop, and Hey City Theater.  Film and television credits include Public Domain and ShopHQ Guest Host.  

Creative Team:

Michael Kissin (Director) is a freelance actor, musician, and college educator.  A company member at Mixed Blood Theatre for over 20 years, Michael also served as Artistic Director at Minnesota Festival Theater and Paul Bunyan Playhouse. At MJTC, he directed Talley’s Folly, Goats, and My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, and starred in Boychik. Other directing credits include Mixed Blood Theatre, Park Square, TRP, Theatre L’Homme Dieu, and Acadia Rep (Maine).  Many onstage roles include the fiddler in A Christmas Carol for 13 seasons at the Guthrie Theater.

Kevin Dutcher (Music Director) has been a part of MJTC for over 18 years. He appeared onstage  in Old Wicked Songs and Parade, directed The Last Five Years, and music directed My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding,  Chutzpah á go-go, and The Odd Potato. He combines his passions for theater, music and teaching by directing plays for the Spring Lake Park and Fridley school districts, and teaching music at Horace Mann Elementary School in St. Paul.

Liz Josheff Busa (Costume Design) is a Red Eye Theater company member, where she has collaborated on over 40 productions.  Her theater work includes costume, set, and projection design. In addition, she has designed for film and television, and has worked in arts education as a teaching artist.

Paul Epton (Lighting Design) has designed regularly for MJTC (over 50 shows, including Photograph 51, Handle With Care, Goats, My Name is Asher Lev, Women's Minyan, The Triangle Factory Fire Project, Rose, Old Wicked Songs, The Chosen), Mixed Blood Theatre, Off-Leash Area, Torch Theater, and the Jon Hassler Theater.

Michael Hoover (Scenic Designer) is making his MJTC debut with this production. Michael has designed sets locally for many theaters, including the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Theater Latté Da, Gremlin, and Torch.  He most recently designed Death and the Maiden for Torch and Gremlin Theaters. In addition to his freelance career as a scenic designer, Michael is on staff as the Lead Scenic Artist at the Guthrie Theater.

C Andrew Mayer (Projections) has worked previously for MJTC in New Jerusalem, The History of Invulnerability, Photograph 51, The Last Word…, and The Action Against Sol Schumann. He was a McKnight Theatre Fellow and won an Audelco Award for his design for Carlyle Brown's Pure Confidence at 59E59 in New York City. In summers, he serves as Producing Director of the Acadia Repertory Theatre in Maine.

Shelli Place (Choreographer) has staged plays, musical reviews, and fashion shows in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She has created live shows for museums and major cruise lines. She was Creative Director for Disney Business Productions, where she developed shows for ADP, Wells Fargo, HP, Liz Claiborne, and directed the NFLA-Player of the Year Awards for several years during Super Bowl Week.  She recently choreographed Life Could be A Dream (Old Log Theatre). 

Kelli Tucker (Stage Manager) has been the regular stage manager for MJTC since 2011. She is proud to be working on her 20th production at MJTC, Stars of David. She stage managed the Ivey Award-winning productions Rose and Our Class. Other credits at MJTC include New Jerusalem, Handle with Care, My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Photograph 51, and others.  

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is a non-profit organization currently celebrating its 20th 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 further information about MJTC and its 20th anniversary season, visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org, email info@mnjewishtheatre.org, or call (651)647-4315.

 

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MJTC Launches its Holiday Show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 28, 2014

MJTC ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF ITS HOLIDAY SHOW

The Chanukah Guest 

By Jenna Zark

Based on the book by Eric A. Kimmel

Directed by Candace Barrett Birk

A new MJTC commission and world premiere!

St. Paul, MN -- Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) will feature The Chanukah Guest, a new commission and world premiere production, as its holiday show this year. The Chanukah Guest will run from December 4 - 21, 2014 at Hillcrest Center Theater, 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116. This production is appropriate for children ages 3 and up. For tickets, call (651)647-4315 or visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org.

The Chanukah Guest is based upon the children’s book of the same title by Eric A. Kimmel. It tells the story of Bubba Brayna, who is quite old and cannot see nor hear well, but she makes the best potato latkes in the village. As she prepares for the first night of Chanukah, a knock at the door brings a most unexpected visitor. This charming, heartwarming, and imaginative tale explores the cultural traditions of Chanukah and will bring extra excitement to the holiday season for theatergoers of all ages.

The Chanukah Guest will actively engage children in the audience by opening each performance with interactive opportunities that will allow children to experience the production from a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective. 

Creative Team:

Jenna Zark (Playwright) is a playwright whose work was last produced at MJTC in last season’s holiday commission, The Magic Dreidels. Her work, A Body of Water, was published by Dramatists Play Service and was produced at Circle Repertory in New York. Recent Twin Cities productions include Alyeska at Blank Slate Theatre, A Great Miracle Happened Here at the Illusion Theater’s Fresh Ink Series, A Little Princess at Steppingstone Theatre, and I Wouldn’t Be Here and In Coya’s House at the History Theatre. Jenna is a two- time winner of McKnight Artists Fellowships and a member of the musical theater collective Prosody. This year, she also published The Beat on Ruby’s Street, a novel for middle-school readers.

Candace Barrett Birk (Director) is an actress, teaching-artist, director, and health-coach.  She was the director of the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles.  She has directed/performed with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, and locally, with the Guthrie, Live Action Set, Hippocrates Café, Theatre in the Round and Open Eye Figure Theater. She was seen on the MJTC stage in Our Class. She also teaches acting at the Guthrie and serves as Lead Artist for their Theater and the Healing Arts program.

Cast:

Skyler Nowinski (Rabbi / Guest) is from Houston Texas. He graduated from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. actor training program. He appeared previously at MJTC in New Jerusalem The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656The Magic Dreidels, Hanukkah Lights in the Big Sky, and The Last Word.... Other credits include Mixed Blood Theatre, Walking Shadow, The Strange Capers, Workhaus Collective, The Showboat, and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. He traveled with Step In Time Theater to present Why We Laugh at the Nine Gates Jewish Culture Festival in the Czech Republic. 

Joanna Harmon (Bubba Brayna) was previously seen on MJTC’s stage playing Lois Lane in The History of Invulnerability. Recent credits include the title role in Charlotte's Web at Children’s Theatre Company, and performer/deviser of The Big Show with Theatre Forever. She serves as Executive Director of Live Action Set (LAS) and leads the company's pursuit to inspire creativity, speak to the soul, and explore live theater’s distinct potential. In 2011, LAS was recognized with an Ivey Award for Best Overall Performance. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. 

James Pratt (David) was previously seen on MJTC’s stage playing Jakob in The Magic Dreidels. He is a sixth grader at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet School in St. Paul. James has been in previous productions at Steppingstone Theatre and Chanhassen Dinner Theater. One of his favorite roles has been Ollie Herdman in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. James also enjoys listening to music, especially the Beatles, and playing bass guitar.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is a non-profit organization currently celebrating its 20th 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 further information about MJTC and its 20th anniversary season, visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org, email info@mnjewishtheatre.org, or call (651)647-4315.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.      

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MJTC Wins an Ivey Award for Rose

Contact:     Katharine Kline
                   Communications Manager
                   mnjewishtheatre@gmail.com
                   (612)205-1609

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2014

 

MJTC Wins an Ivey Award for Rose

St. Paul, MN -- Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) was awarded an Ivey Award for its late summer production, Rose, by Martin Sherman. Rose ran at MJTC from August 9 - 24, 2014 and took place in private homes. The production starred Sally Wingert and was directed by Hayley Finn.

The Ivey Awards Committee recognized Rose for its “intellect and emotional intensity,” calling Sally Wingert’s performance “captivating.” Rose weaves 80 years of memories into a personal portrait of Jewish identity and history from the perspective of an elderly woman sitting Shiva. Her memories weave their way all the way from a Ukrainian shtetl in the 1920’s to the Nazi invasion of Poland, to Israel and, finally, to modern American life in Miami.

Accepting the award on behalf of MJTC was Producing Artistic Director, Barbara Brooks. In her acceptance speech, Barbara thanked lead actress Sally Wingert, Director Hayley Finn, Stage Manager Kelli Tucker, Costumer Christine A. Richardson, and the gracious hosts who opened their homes for this uniquely intimate theatrical experience.

This is the fourth Ivey Award recognizing MJTC productions. The other Iveys were awarded to Miriam Monasch for her direction of Our Class (2012), Chris Griffith for his puppet design in Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (2009), and Sally Wingert for her performance in Woman Before A Glass (2007).

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is a non-profit organization currently celebrating its 20th 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 further information about MJTC and its 20th anniversary season, visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org, email info@mnjewishtheatre.org, or call (651)647-4315.

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Announcing the Launch of New Jerusalem

Contact:     Katharine Kline
                   Communications Manager
                   mnjewishtheatre@gmail.com
                   (612)205-1609

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2014

 MJTC’s 20th Anniversary Season

Announcing the launch of its fall production:

NEW JERUSALEM, THE INTERROGATION OF BARUCH DE SPINOZA AT TALMUD TORAH CONGREGATION: AMSTERDAM, JULY 27, 1656

By David Ives

Directed by Kurt Schweickhardt

“Fierce, funny, and up-to-the-minute in its moral investigations.”

                                     -The Washington Post

St. Paul, MN -- Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) launches its fall season with New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656. This production runs from October 18 - November 9, 2014 at the Hillcrest Center Theater, 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116. Tickets range in price from $19 - $28. Student and group discounts are available. To order, call (651)647-4315 or visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org.

New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656 is a timely and riveting exploration of identity, morality, community, and theology. In the 1600‘s, Sephardic Jews of Spain and Portugal fled to Amsterdam to escape the mass conversions, public burnings, and killings of the Catholic Inquisition. In exchange for safe haven, they agreed to police their own community for unorthodox beliefs. So when Spinoza, heir apparent to the chief Rabbi, is accused of atheism, he is summoned to the synagogue to defend himself. The ensuing trial is rich with philosophical and political investigations that echo strongly today.

Creative Team:

David Ives (Playwright) is perhaps best known for his evening of one-act plays, All In The Timing and for his drama Venus In Fur, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. His other plays include The School For Lies (adapted from Molière’s The Misanthrope); The Liar (adapted from Corneille); Time Flies; and Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain.) He has also translated Feydeau’s A Flea In Her Ear and Yasmina Reza’s A Spanish Play. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting and a graduate of The Yale School of Drama.

Kurt Schweickhardt (Director) returns to MJTC for his 7th production. Previous productions include A Strange and Separate People, The 75th, The Value of Names, and Old Wicked Songs. Kurt has also performed at MJTC in The Shadow of the Valley.

Alex Brightwell (Simon De Vries) has previously appeared at MJTC in Photograph 51 and The History of Invulnerability. His other credits include Walking Shadow Theater Company and Theatre in the Round. He is a graduate of the U of MN / Guthrie Theater B.F. A. actor training program.

George Muellner (Saul Levi Mortera) has previously appeared at MJTC in Our Class, Chaim’s Love Song, and Parade. His other credits include Park Square Theatre, Nautilus Music Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, History Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, and MN Fringe Festival.

Skyler Nowinski (Gasper Rodrigues Ben Israel) has previously appeared at MJTC in The Magic Dreidels, Hanukkah Lights in the Big Sky, and The Last Word. His other credits include Mixed Blood Theatre, Walking Shadow, Workhaus Collective, and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of the U of MN / Guthrie Theater B.F. A. actor training program.

Briana Patnode (Clara Van Den Eden) makes her MJTC debut. Her credits include Theatre Coup d’Etat, Public Theater of Minnesota, and CLIMB Theater Company.

James Ramlet (Abraham Van Valkenburgh) makes his MJTC debut. His credits include the Guthrie Theater, Frank Theatre, History Theatre, and Children’s Theatre Company.

Michael Hugh Torsch (Baruch De Spinoza) makes his MJTC debut. His credits include Normandale Theater, Agile Rabbit Theatre Company, and Theatre Corrobora.

Rachel Weber (Rebecca De Spinoza) makes her MJTC debut. Credits include Children’s Theatre Company, Bloomington Civic Theatre, Park Square Theatre, and Theatre in the Round.

The creative team also includes Theresa Akers (Scenic Design), Annie Cady (Costume Design), Paul Epton (Lighting Design), C. Andrew Mayer (Sound Design), and Kelli Tucker (Stage Manager).

Related Programs:

MJTC’s Doorways Programs provide deeper insights into the subjects and issues addressed in its productions. For New Jerusalem, these include:

Symposium on Baruch de SpinozaJoin us after the matinee performance on Sunday, October 19th for a presentation by Geoffrey Gorham, Philosophy Department Chair, Macalester College. 

Continuing Legal Education Program Judges and lawyers will discuss the themes that run throughout the play and apply to the legal system today. Following the matinee performance on Sunday, October 26.       (1 CLE credit applied for.) Sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. 

Meet the Director & Cast Join us after the performance on Thursday, October 23rd  for a discussion with the director and cast of the show. Gain further insights into the play and how the director and actors approach their work.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is a non-profit organization currently celebrating its 20th 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 further information about MJTC and its 20th anniversary season, visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org, email info@mnjewishtheatre.org, or call (651)647-4315.

Individual Producers Linda and Mike Platt

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.     

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MJTC Welcomes New Communications Manager

Contact:         Katharine Kline, Communications Manager
                       mnjewishtheatre@gmail.com
                       (612) 205-1609

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2014

MJTC Welcomes New Communications Manager

St. Paul, MN --- Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) welcomes Katharine Kline to the MJTC family as its newly appointed Communications Manager.

Katharine brings a wealth of arts experience to MJTC. Formerly, she was the Director of The Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts in Washington, DC. In this position, she oversaw Theater J, The Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, The Screening Room Film Series, and The Washington Jewish Film Festival.  Additionally, Katharine directed the Department of Literary and Music Programs at the Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts where she oversaw an annual literary festival, founded and directed The Washington Jewish Music Festival, and curated a year-round author and concert series. She attracted nationally renowned talent to the arts center, including Tony Kushner, Robert Pinsky, Amos Oz, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Thomas Friedman, and guests for NPR's Selected Shorts program. Katharine holds a BA in Religion and an MA in Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago.

“I’m very excited to welcome Katie” says Barbara Brooks, MJTC’s producing artistic director.  “The part-time communications manager position was established two years ago as part of MJTC's long-range strategic plan to increase organizational capacity by enlarging staff.  Katie brings not only an extensive background in arts administration, but an enthusiasm for and commitment to the work of MJTC.  She’s a perfect fit for the position and our plans for growing staff-time.”

MJTC is a non-profit organization currently celebrating its 20th season. MJTC ignites the hearts and minds of people of all cultural backgrounds by producing theater of the highest artistic standards. Rooted in Jewish content, its work explores differences, illuminates commonalities, and fosters greater understanding of all people. For more information about MJTC and its 20th anniversary season, visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org, email info@mnjewishtheatre.org, or call (651)647-4315.

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MJTC Announces 20th Anniversary Season

2014-15 Season to Include A New Commission/World Premiere, A New Musical, and Performances in Twin Cities Homes

ST. PAUL, MN (July 17 2014) ‐‐ Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company is pleased to announce an exciting line up of five shows for its 2014-15 season.  Artists familiar to MJTC theatergoers will be on stage and on the creative teams through the 20th anniversary season. 

The season will open with Rose by Martin Sherman.  Sally Wingert, previously seen at MJTC in Family Secrets, Woman Before a Glass, and 2.5 Minute Ride, stars in this riveting solo show, previously produced by MJTC in 2002 and 2003.  “I’m very excited to open our 20th season with Rose. This glorious script provides an illuminating historical overview of 20th century Jewish events, and I’m thrilled to welcome back Sally to bring this work to life” says Barbara Brooks, MJTC’s producing artistic director.  Throughout the play, Rose sits Shiva, a Jewish tradition of mourning in which following a death, the mourner sits on a wooden bench at home.   Performances of Rose will take place in different homes throughout the Twin Cities. Rose will be directed by Hayley Finn, who previously directed The Gospel According to Jerry, The Last Word, Compulsion or the House Behind, Handle with Care, and The History of Invulnerability at MJTC.  Rose will run August 9 through August 24, 2014.

Up next will be New Jerusalem, the Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656 by David Ives.  This riveting drama, rich with philosophical and political ideologies that echo today, is an exploration of nature, liberty, and the meaning of G-d.  When Sephardic Jews of Spain and Portugal came to Amsterdam to escape the mass conversions, public burnings, and killing of the Catholic inquisition, they agreed to police their own community for unorthodox beliefs.  When Baruch de Spinoza, heir apparent to the chief Rabbi, is accused of atheism, he’s summoned to the synagogue to defend himself.  New Jerusalem will be directed by Kurt Schweickhardt. Previously at MJTC, Kurt directed The 75th for MJTC’s inaugural season, and then subsequently directed The Value of Names, Old Wicked Songs, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, and most recently, A Strange and Separate People.  Kurt appeared on the MJTC stage in the world premiere production of Shadow of the ValleyNew Jerusalem will play October 18 through November 9, 2014.

The Chanukkah Guest, a new MJTC commission, will receive its world premiere in the holiday season.  Adapted for the stage by Twin Cities playwright Jenna Zark, and based on the book of the same name by Eric A. Kimmel, this funny, heartwarming, and imaginative tale explores the cultural traditions of Chanukkah.  Although Bubba Braina is quite old and cannot see nor hear well, she makes the best potato latkes in the village.  As she prepares for the first night of Chanukkah and her guests, a knock at the door brings a most unexpected visitor.  MJTC previously commissioned Jenna to adapt The Magic Dreidels, also based on a book by Eric A. Kimmel. The Magic Dreidels has been embraced by audiences, subsequently playing many times at MJTC as well as in other American cities.  The Chanukkah Guest will run December 4 through 21, 2014.

MJTC will return after the new year with Stars of David, adapted from the book written by former 60 Minutes producer Abigal Pogrebin, and conceived by Aaron Harnick.  This new musical revue shines with engaging personal portraits of over 30 accomplished Americans as they reflect on their Jewish heritage and the role it has played in their lives.  With original songs by some of theater’s most noted composers and lyricists including Duncan Sheik, Marvin Hamlisch, Jeanine Tesori and Sheldon Harnick, we hear the stories of admired people such as Leonard Nimoy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Al Franken, Kenneth Cole, Tony Kushner, Steven Spielberg, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  “I will thrilled to be introduced to this new show by the office of Daryl Roth.  As it was being developed, they kept me informed and then invited me to see the early run in NYC.  I’m so pleased that MJTC is one of the first theaters to bring this work to the stage.”  Stars of David will be directed by Michael Kissin.  Previously at MJTC, Mike directed the sold-out hit My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding and its return engagement, as well as Goats and Talley’s Folley.  Mike appeared on stage in the one-man show, BoychickStars of David will run February 14-March 8, 2015.

MJTC will conclude the season with Jericho by Jack Canfora.  This absorbing new play looks at four 30-something New Yorkers navigating the emotional aftermath of tragedy.  Beth lost her husband in the World Trade Center on 9/11, and now, four years later, is dating Ethan. Thanksgiving brings the two together with Ethan’s brother, Josh, and his wife, Jessica.  Josh, who survived the attack on the towers, is trying to make sense of his life, now with differently held perspectives and values. This insightful play about living and letting go is a testament to survival and recovery.  Jericho will be directed by Warren C. Bowles.  Previously at MJTC, Warran directed Photograph 51Jericho will play April 18 through May 10, 2015.

Tickets

Season passbooks are now available by calling 651‐647‐4315. Subscription prices: $55‐$75; full time student passbook is $36. 

Individual tickets for Rose are also now on sale; price: $45/$55 for opening night.  

Box office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company is a non‐profit organization now in its 20th year of presenting professional productions rooted in the Jewish experience and illuminating the common humanity among us all. The audience for MJTC is almost equally divided between Jews and non‐Jews. For further information about MJTC, call 651‐647‐4315 or visit our website at www.mnjewishtheatre.org; or join our facebook family at http://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaJewishTheatreCompany or follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MNJewishTheatre.