MJTC announces the opening of: The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife

Contact:     Morgan Holmes
                     Communications Manager
                     [email protected]

December 21, 2015

MJTC announces the opening of:
The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife
By Charles Busch
Directed by Warren C. Bowles
Starring Sally Wingert

St. Paul, MN -- Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is pleased to announce the opening of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, directed by Warren Bowles and starring Sally Wingert. This production runs from February 13th – March 6th, 2015 at the Highland Park Community Center Theater, 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116. Individual tickets go on sale January 8th and range in price from $20 - $32. Student and group discounts are available. To order, call (651) 647-4315 or visit mnjewishtheatre.org. Press passes are available for performances on Saturday, February 13th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 14th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Marjorie Taub is depressed, frustrated and utterly dissatisfied. Plunged into the throes of a midlife crisis, no one is safe from her theatrical eruptions of self-doubt and self-pity. Neither Ira, her philanthropic yet distracted husband, nor Frieda, her mother who has a penchant for colon talk, can distract her from her angst. That is, until a mysterious childhood friend arrives and shakes things up. Flamboyant and full of surprises, this Tony-nominated satirical romp is sure to leave audiences laughing with abandon.


David Coral (Ira Taub) has appeared onstage at MJTC in The Magic Dreidels, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, My Name is Asher Lev, The Triangle Factory Fire Project, Twilight of the Golds, and The Chosen. Other acting credits include Pillsbury House, Torch Theater, and Park Square Theater, among others.  Directing credits include Theatre in the Round, Starting Gate Productions, and Shadowplay. David is also a freelance commercial, film and voice-over talent, and is a principal actor in the feature-length films Dawning and Little Words

Charles Goitia (Mohammed) appears at MJTC for the first time. He graduated from the University of South Dakota’s Musical Theatre program and has performed in musicals and operas locally with Lyric Arts, The Chameleon Theatre Circle, and Skylark Opera, among others.

Linda Kelsey (Frieda) returns to MJTC, after appearing in Handle with Care. She is best known for the role of Billie Newman on the television show Lou Grant. Other TV credits include ERThe Mary Tyler Moore ShowM*A*S*H, The Twilight ZoneStreets of San Francisco, and Eleanor and Franklin. Local theater credits include Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Torch Theatre and Mixed Blood Theatre, among others.

Maggie Bearmon Pistner (Lee Green) return to MJTC, previously appearing in Jericho and The History of Invulnerability. Other theater credits include Jungle Theater, Park Square Theatre, Artistry, Red Eye Theater and Walking Shadow Theatre Company. In 2013, she debuted her one-woman sold-out Fringe show “They Called Her Captain.” Maggie is a voice-over and commercial talent.    

Sally Wingert (Marjorie Taub) previously appeared at MJTC in Family Secrets, Woman Before a Glass (for which she won her first of two Ivey Awards), 2.5 Minute Ride, and, most recently, the 2014 Ivey award-winning production Rose. Other credits include Guthrie Theater, where she has appeared in more than 80 productions since 1985, Theater Latté Da, Mixed Blood Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Park Square Theatre, Children's Theatre Company, The Playwrights’ Center, Dark and Stormy Productions, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and The O'Neill. She was awarded a 2014 McKnight Fellowship for Theater Artists.

Creative Team: 

Warren C. Bowles (Director) previously directed Jericho and 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.

Liz Josheff Busa (Costume Design) has previously designed for MJTC in Becoming Dr. RuthJericho 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) 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 Day Trippers, among others. 

Michael Hoover (Scenic Design) returns to MJTC, having designed The Twenty-Seventh ManJericho and Stars of David. Michael designs sets locally for many theaters, including 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.

C. Andrew Mayer (Sound Design) has designed sound previously at MJTC for The Twenty-Seventh Man, JerichoNew Jerusalem, The History of Invulnerability, and Photograph 51, among others, and designe projections 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. During the summer, he serves as Producing Director of the Acadia Repertory Theatre in Maine.

Robert J. Smith (Properties Design) has designed props for MJTC’s The Chanukah Guest and New Jerusalem. He has designed props for 15 shows at Theatre in the Round, most recently for Black Coffee and Treasure Island, and stage-managed three shows. Other local credits include Gray Space Performance Company, Starting Gate Productions, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, and Tedious Brief Productions. In Salt Lake City, he was resident stage manager for the Children's Theater at Promised Valley Playhouse. Robert has a degree in radio and TV broadcasting.

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 The Chanukah Guest, 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 in 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 21stseason, visit mnjewishtheatre.org, email [email protected], 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.