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PIONEER PRESS Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company season opens with show at Harriet Island

Updated: Dec 22, 2021


July 27, 2020 at 10:22 p.m.


Kim Kivens performed “What I Thought I Knew” at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company in 2018. (Photo courtesy MJTC)


By KATHY BERDAN | kberdan@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press



Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company is opening its 2020-21 season with outdoor performances of the play “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother,” including productions at Harriet Island in St. Paul on Aug. 16, 22 and 30.


Starring well-known Twin Cities actor Kim Kivens, “25 Questions” leads off a season MJTC is calling “Theater Six Feet Apart.”


“25 Questions” is an add-on to the St. Paul theater’s three-show season, which will be a combination of outdoor sites, pay-per-view and possibility of being inside the theater’s Highland Park home for the spring play in April 2021, according to a news release.


“25 Questions for a Jewish Mother” opens Aug. 15 at a private back yard, but the show is open to the public. The shows at Harriet Island are in the Target Stage area. Tickets are $35 (or $25 for those who buy the season “passbook”). COVID-19 restrictions will be in place.


According to the MJTC news release, “25 Questions” is based on responses from 50 Jewish mothers who were asked “What makes a Jewish mother different?” It will be performed through Aug. 30 at various outdoor sites. For info, go to mnjewishtheatre.org.


The season features:

“Operation: Immigration,” a filmed performance shown online Oct. 17-25. According to the news release: “A young Minnesotan searches for information about his late father’s life and finds a story of immigration and assimilation.” The play has been updated from a 2019 Minnesota Fringe performance.


“Musical Revue” features music from Jewish composers, including Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Bob Dylan. The filmed performance will be online Feb. 13-21.


“The People’s Violin” will run April 25-May 15 and tells the story of a filmmaker who 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.”


For prices and ticket packages, go to mnjewishtheatre.org.

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