MJTC Announces 21st Season


Katharine Kline, Communications Manager

(612)205-1609 or [email protected]


July 17, 2015


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 As judgment looms, a 27th prisoner is tossed inside: a young man, unpublished and unknown.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 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 mnjewishtheatre.org, email [email protected], or call (651)647-4315.


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