August 12, 2021
Brett Burger I feel like a giddy school child as I continue to get more and more press releases about theatres reopening and announcing their new seasons. With the pandemic and extended time away from producing and performing, many have reevaluated their overall strategy, outlook and purpose as a theatre company. With that, after 26 seasons the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company has rebranded and changed their name to Six Points Theater. “We’re excited to introduce our new name that embraces the vitality of our mission and history while looking forward to our future,” says Barbara Brooks, Producing Artistic Director.
“We’ll continue to share stories with you that reveal the common threads of humanity through a Jewish lens. To share stories that matter. To share stories that make us laugh and cry. To share compelling and entertaining stories that reflect today’s complex world.”
They’ve announced their upcoming season which includes a healthy mixture of mysterious drama, seriocomedy, new plays and more. According to a press release sent by Six Points Theater, patrons will also be able to add on a world premiere holiday production—a new commission with songs.
A Pickle July 28 – August 15, 2021 by Deborah Yarchun After entering her kosher pickles into the Creative Activities Competition for preserved food at the Minnesota State Fair, Doris discovers that they’ve been discarded onto a backroom table. The following year she finds her family delicacy disqualified for the second year in a row! Disappointed but not defeated, Doris sets out on a quest to uncover why they’re not receiving their due ranking amongst pickles. Based on true events, this sold-out hit from last season is back by popular demand. Starring Sally Wingert. The People’s Violin October 23 – November 14, 2021 by Charles Varon A filmmaker with a faltering career receives a grant to make a documentary about his father, a famous Jewish author and therapist for Holocaust survivors. When the discovery of a mysterious violin slowly uncovers the family’s unspoken history, the project turns into a gripping quest for truth. This intriguing and suspenseful drama, framed as a documentary, reveals the complexity of family, relationships and the search for identity. Chanukah in the Dark December 5 – 21, 2021 by Hayley Finn It’s Chanukah, and 10-year-old Max is looking forward to presents, latkes and his grandmother’s amazing donuts. But when an ice storm causes a power outage, Max discovers that Chanukah is all about overcoming adversity, and seeing the miracles in life! A World Premiere with original songs. Commissioned by Six Points Theater. (This is an add-on to the 3-Show Subscriber Package.)
New Play Reading Festival February 23 – March 13, 2022 Three new plays, hand-picked and not-yet seen by the public, will be presented in onstage readings. This format will allow audiences to experience cutting-edge work and Six Points Theater to broaden the landscape of Jewish theater. Two Jews Walk Into a War April 30 – May 22, 2022 by Seth Rozin Zeblyan and Ishaq are the last two Jews living in Kabul. While they both want to urgently repopulate their ancient Jewish community, how to do so is something they cannot agree upon. Against a backdrop of explosions and bullets, the two men must reconcile their theological differences and work together. Inspired by true events, this play balances Borscht Belt humor and poignancy in a touching look at cultural continuity.
For more information on ticket pricing and purchasing, visit mnjewishtheatre.org. Six Points Theater is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of our audiences, artists and staff. The following precautions will be taken at all performances: recommended social distancing; attendance to be limited based upon state and city mandates; and traffic patterns to avoid choke points.