We Are the Levinsons
April 22 - May 14, 2017
By Wendy Kout
Directed by Kurt Schweickhardt
WORLD PREMIERE COMEDY!
Lil and Lenny Levinson’s house is brimming with music and chatter when their daughter, Rosie, makes a surprise homecoming for Lil’s birthday. Three weeks later, Lil’s sudden passing leaves Rosie miscast to fill her mother’s shoes as she tries to rally the depressed Lenny as well as her rebellious daughter, Sara. Through death, dysfunction and delusion, the Levinsons and their caregiver, Grace, a transwoman hoping to start her own family, carry out familial rituals and use humor to triumph over life’s trials. You won’t want to miss this heartwarming new play about family and love.
Alyssa DiVirgilio (Grace) is a graduate of Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Alyssa continued her acting studies in Los Angeles at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Ivana Chubbuck studios. Since re-settling in Minnesota, Alyssa is a player in Minneapolis based Blackout Improv Comedy troupe. Alyssa is grateful to be working with the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company for the first time to tell this heartwarming story.
Robert Dorfman (Lenny) appears for the first time at MJTC. Local credits include Guthrie Theater (over a dozen productions most recently Sense and Sensibility and Critic/Hound), Dark and Stormy Productions (most recently And So It Goes), and the Children’s Theatre Company (Balloonacy coming up in the fall!) A native New Yorker, Broadway credits include The Lion King and Social Security. Recent regional credits include New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre, San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre in DC.
Melinda Kordich (Rosie) is delighted to be back at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. She appeared on the MJTC stage as Patricia in Sight Unseen (1999). She has also worked in theater, film, television and voice over both in MN and NY. In her years of experience, she has worked with Betty Davis, and even had drinks with Errol Flynn!
Nancy Marvy (Lil) is pleased to be making her debut at MJTC with this production. She has appeared on many stages in the Twin Cities including the Guthrie, Ordway, Illusion, Fitzgerald, Chanhassen, History Theater, Mixed Blood, and many others. Film and TV credits include Rosa Coletti in Happy Days, and Mother in Untamed Heart. "This one is for Mom and 'the Girls' kibitzing and noshing at the card table when I came home from school!"
Adelin Phelps (Sara) is thrilled to be back at MJTC. She most recently appeared in Down in Mississippi with Carlyle Brown & Company. Other credits include Promise Land with Transatlantic Love Affair, MJTC (Bad Jews), History Theatre (Watermelon Hill), Theater Latté Da (Lullaby), Theatre Forever (The Nature Crown, The King is Dead), Dark & Stormy Productions (The Drunken City), Park Square Theatre (King Lear), Illusion Theater/Transatlantic Love Affair (Ballad of the Pale Fisherman, Red Resurrected, These Old Shoes, Ash Land), and Walking Shadow Theatre Company (Compleat Female Stage Beauty).
Here's our statement regarding our casting of We Are the Levinsons.
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