Rachel Calof

A Memoir with Music


adapted for the stage by Ken Lazebnik
music and lyrics by Leslie Steinweiss
directed by Ellen S. Pressman

This dynamic, solo theatrical event is based on the memoir of a Jewish picture bride who emigrated from Russia to North Dakota in 1894 to marry a man she had never met, determined to make a new life as a homesteader.  For four years after she arrives, she and her husband live in a twelve by fourteen shack with her in-laws and their children. Years later, at the age of 55 and living in St. Paul, Rachel chronicled her story which was discovered by her children after her death.  This memoir with music is complete with engaging humor, compassion, and a detailed account of the hardships she encountered.


To make a reservation please call 651-647-4315!

Thursday, August 15 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 17 at 8 pm
Sunday, August 18 at 1 pm & 7 pm
Wednesday, August 21 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, August 22 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 24 at 8 pm
Sunday, August 25 at 1 pm

All performances will be held at the Hillcrest Center Theater
1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116

Doorway Programs

Q & A with Kate Fuglei and Ellen S. Pressman
Meet actress Kate Fuglei and the director of Rachel Calof, Ellen S. Pressman, following the performance on Saturday, August 17th.

Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein Discussion
Participate in a discussion of the play with Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein of Temple of Aaron, St. Paul, and Katherine Tane, Executive Director of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest following the 1 pm performance on Sunday, August 18th.

Jews and North Dakota
Join Katherine Tane, Executive Director of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, as she tells us the tale of how the Jewish immigrants landed in North Dakota following the performance on Wednesday, August 21st.