Opens October 21
Sandra Day O’Connor was an extroverted Westerner who grew up on a ranch. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an introverted, opera-loving New Yorker. Despite their differing backgrounds, methodologies, and political leanings, a friendship was forged between these first two women justices who fought for equity and changed the legal status of the American woman. A new play by an Emmy and Peabody award-winning writer and lawyer, based on the award-winning book of the same name by Linda R. Hirshman.
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Laura Esping (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) is honored to be a part of this production and thrilled to make her debut with Six Points Theater! She's a Twin Cities actor and educator who has performed with many other local companies including the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, History Theatre, Old Log Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Illusion Theater, Full Circle Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, and At the Foot of the Mountain Women’s Theater. As an educator she has worked at the Guthrie Theater in their summer camp programs, taught in their library programs, special community request classes, and acting levels I and II. Laura holds a BA from the University of Iowa, and an MFA from the University of Minnesota.
Patty Mathews (Sandra Day O'Connor) is excited to be working at Six Points Theater again having previously been in The People's Violin. She’s been fortunate to be a part of the Twin Cities performing community for more than 25 years, working at places like History Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Lakeshore Players Theatre, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, and Park Square Theatre. She also performs with some amazing women as part of the Looney Lutherans. Other proud moments include climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2017, and trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2023. Big love to all of the cheerleaders in her life. Couldn’t do it without you!
Laura Stearns (Director) Six Points Theater audiences will remember Laura from previous productions, including 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Oh my God!, The Last Schwartz, Stars of David, and My Mothers Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, to name a few. For Sisters in Law, she happily takes the helm as director. Now living in Southern California, coming home to fall in Minnesota will be a welcome change of scenery for Laura, to see old friends and family, which includes the staff and patrons of Six Points.
Michael Hoover (Scenic Design) returns to Six Points Theater after designing Two Jews Walk Into A War...,The People's Violin, Promise of America, O my God!, Shul, Actually, The Last Schwartz, Natasha and the Coat, Collected Stories, We Are the Levinsons, The Whipping Man, Dai (enough), Bad Jews, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, among others. Michael has designed for Guthrie Theater, Theater Latté Da, History Theatre, Torch Theatre, Girl Friday Productions, and Yellow Tree Theatre. Most recently, he was the Lead Scenic Artist at the Guthrie Theater.
Morgan Rainford (Costume Design) is delighted to be returning to Six Points after designing Two Jews Walk Into A War... and The People’s Violin. They have also designed for the NCC Theatre Club, Theatre 301, and the feature film Faerie, as well as serving as a wig designer at Normandale Community College and technician at the Children’s Theatre Company.
James Eischen (Lighting Design) is making his debut at Six Points Theater. He's worked in Medora, N.D., for the Medora Musical; Superman Becomes Lois Lane, History Theatre; and national tours for Jekyll & Hyde and Ring of Fire. Numerous productions at: Troupe America, Lyric Arts Anoka, Normandale Community College, Umbrella Collective, Old Log Theatre, Duluth Playhouse, Lyric Opera of the North, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and University of Minnesota, Duluth. He taught at UMD where he received his BFA.
C Andrew Mayer (Sound Design) has designed over a dozen shows at Six Points Theater, including The People's Violin, Significant Other, Actually, and Photograph 51. He has worked at many other fine theaters in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. He was a McKnight Theatre Artist
Fellow in the summer, and serves as the Producing Director of the Acadia Repertory Theatre on Mount Desert Island in Maine.
Rick Polenek (Properties Design) returns to Six Points having previously designed props for
Two Jews Walk Into A War…, Shul and The Whipping Man, and scenery for The Wanderers, Chanukah in the Dark and Mizlansky/Zilinsky. Rick has been active in the Twin Cities’ theatre and design communities for over 50 years as a scenic designer, exhibition designer, commercial art director and college instructor. Recent projects include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie for
Dark and Stormy productions.
Tom Burgess (Projection Design) is pleased to be returning to Six Points Theater after working on Groupthink and Chanukah in the Dark. He's faculty and Technical Director for Normandale Community College. Tom's been a set designer and technical director for the Guthrie/BFA
program and the Guthrie Experience programs and has been a properties artisan for the
Guthrie’s productions of His Girl Friday, The Great Gatsby, and The Real Thing. He's also
worked at Penumbra Theatre and most recently, he’s designed and built the original dance
theatre piece, Take Me Home, in collaboration with Noelle Bohaty and the
University of Nebraska, Kearney.
Brady Whitcomb (Technical Director) is making his debut with Six Points Theater. Other theaters he's worked at include: Lakeshore Players Theatre: La Cage aux Folles, Calendar Girls, Christmas Story, Singin' in the Rain; SOAR Regional Arts: Grease, Clue, Addams Family, Mary Poppins JR., The Sound of Music, The Diary of Anne Frank; and Cross Community Players: Footloose, Legally Blonde. Brady works as a set designer and technical/build director for multiple north west Twin Cities schools . He's from Andover, Minn., and in addition to being a scenic designer, he's also an artist of many mediums including photography, mixed media, and animation.
Miranda Shunkwiler (Stage Manager) returns to Six Points Theater after working on The Wanderers, TRAYF, Uncle Philip's Coat, Groupthink, the New-Play Reading Festival, Chanukah in the Dark, and The People's Violin. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, she has been blessed to be a part of the theater community, working with companies such as History Theatre, Theater Mu, New Native Theatre, Stages Theatre Company, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Classical Actors Ensemble, and many more.
Becca Kravchenko (Assistant Stage Manager) is proud to be making her debut at Six Points Theater. She has previously spent many years in the Twin Cities theater community as an electrician and carpenter. Some of the companies she has worked with in the past include Park Square Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Theater Mu, and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from Augsburg University.
Jonathan Shapiro (Playwright) Sisters in Law, Jonathan's first play, premiered in 2019. After successful runs in Phoenix, Denver, and Los Angeles, it's scheduled to open on Broadway this year. And for the past 23 years, he has written and produced some of television’s most iconic legal dramas, including HBO’s The Undoing, Amazon Prime’s Goliath, and NBC Peacock’s upcoming series, The Missing. An Emmy and Humanitas Award winner, Shapiro’s other television credits include Peacock’s Mr. Mercedes, based on the Stephen King novel, NBC’s series The Blacklist, FOX’s Justice, NBC’s Life, and several series for ABC: Boston Legal, The Practice, and Big Sky. He's the author of the novel Deadly Force (2015), the memoir Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling (2014), and How To Be Abe Lincoln (2023), and is an adjunct law professor at the UCLA School of Law. Prior to becoming a writer, Shapiro practiced law for 12 years. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Harvard University, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.
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