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By Wendy Kout

Directed by Warren C. Bowles

A New Play About the Holocaust and Standing Up to Hate
SURVIVORS weaves together the true, inspirational stories of 10 Holocaust survivors whose ordinary and joyful young lives were transformed by fascism and the Nazi regime. Illustrating the risk of normalizing hate, this dynamic, uplifting work impels us to take lessons from the past, and think about how we can take constructive action to create a safer, more inclusive community. 
 


PERFORMANCES AND DOORWAYS PROGRAMS

THE RISE OF ANTI-SEMITISM
In partnership with St. Paul Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council
Minnesota & the Dakotas                   

Thursday, January 25, 2024, after the 7:30 p.m. performance

GENOCIDE
With Dr. Ellen Kennedy, Executive Director, World Without Genocide, Mitchell Hamline 
School of Law, and Pastor James Erlandson, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, St. Paul, MN
Friday, January 26, 2024, after the 1 p.m. performance

CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM AND ANTI-SEMITISM 
With Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker, Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul, MN, and Pastor John Matthews,
Grace Lutheran Church, Apple Valley, MN
Sunday, January 28, 2024, after the 1 p.m. performance

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Anya Naylor (Rosemarie Molser, Helen Przysuskier) is excited to be making her Six Points Theater debut! Recent Credits: Spiral Theater: Overtoun; Guthrie Theater: Troilus and Cressida; UMN/Guthrie: Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, Everybody, Antigone. Her training includes graduating magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program with distinction and the Ordway GreenRoom fellowship. In addition to acting, Anya is also a props artisan and playwright. She would like to thank all the wonderful people in her life for supporting her.

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Kevin Brown, Jr. (Arthur Herz, Henry Silberstern) is inspired by this project and thrilled to be making his Six Points Theater debut. He’s a local Twin Cities actor who’s performed at places like History Theatre, Artistry, Capri and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. He received his BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Miami. Go Canes!

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Sulia Rose Altenberg (Ellen Lewinsky) is excited to return to Six Points Theater having previously been in Chanukah in the Dark. After playing Anne Frank for six years in the Wall Street Journal acclaimed production of Park Square Theatre's The Diary of Anne Frank, Sulia feels fortunate to again help build understanding and empathy towards victims of the Holocaust. For over 15 years, she’s worked on nearly every stage in the Twin Cities with company’s such as Walking Shadow Theatre Company, DalekoArts, Illusion Theater, Open Eye Theatre, Frank Theatre and many more. Next you can see her in Savannah Reich’s Tristan Tzara Was My Best Friend in Junior High. Sulia's a lifelong Minneapolitan and loves to use her voice to sing in several musical duos and perpetuate the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam, 'repairing the world,' through her advocacy work.   

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David Michaeli (Kurt Weinbach, Erich Arndt) is delighted to be making his debut with Six Points Theater. A Saint Paul native, David has appeared in stage and screen productions throughout the Twin Cities, most recently with Frosted Glass Creative and Eye of Jupiter Productions, as well as his feature film debut in Oxford Comma Film Production's Sins of the Father (Amazon Prime). David has studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland, and is a recent graduate the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, earning degrees in Finance and International Business. He is honored to share the powerful and relevant stories of SURVIVORS with you.

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Tic Treitler (Evie Schuerman, Eva Abrams) is over the moon to be a part of this show and to be making their Six Points Theater debut! Tic is a Twin Cities theater artist currently studying in the University of Minnesota BFA Actor Training Program with a Minor in Dance. They have performed with local theaters including The Guthrie Theater, A Christmas Carol; Children's Theatre Company, Annie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical, An American Tail the Musical; Theater Latté Da, Falsettos; Lakeshore Players Theatre, Singin' in the Rain;  Shakespearean Youth Theatre, Troilus and Cressida, The Winter's Tale, etc. They are also an aerial circus performer, having most recently performed at Circus Juventas. They would like to thank their family for their support; they are so excited to be telling this story.

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Michael Quadrozzi (Carl Voldman) is delighted to make his Six Points Theater debut in SURVIVORS. You may have seen him this past holiday season as servant Brian in The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley on the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage. A Twin Cities actor for over 10 years, he has also performed with Yellow Tree Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, BARd Shakes, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, The National Theatre for Children, New Arab American Theater Works, Theatre in the Round, Lakeshore Players Theatre, and the Lazy Susan Dinner Theater. A full-time freelance performer and storyteller, Michael also acts in commercials and film and helps train first responders with mental health crisis intervention scenarios. Thank you for supporting the vibrant Twin Cities performing arts community!  

Production Artists

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Warren C. Bowles (Director) is back at Six Points Theater, having previously directed The People's Violin, The Last Schwartz, DAI (enough), The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Jericho and Photograph 51. As an actor, he appeared as Simon in Six Points Theater’s The Whipping Man. He’s had more than 50 years’ theater experience at Mixed Blood Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Guthrie Theater, 10,000 Things Theater, and others. In 2016 he received an Ivey Award in recognition of directing The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, and in 2005, received a McKnight Fellowship for

Theater Artists.  

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Eleanor Schanilec (Costume Design) is excited to return to Six Points Theatre after designing Uncle Philip's Coat and Trayf. She’s designed or assistant designed costumes for Park Square Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Theatre Pro Rata, Open Window Theatre, Sidekick Theatre, Nautilus Music-Theater, Shakespearean Youth Theatre and St. Paul Academy and Summit School. Eleanor has stitched and crafted costumes for Mixed Blood Theatre, Mixed Precipitation, and others. She’s a member and co-founder of The Costume Collective MN.      

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Todd M. Reemtsma (Lighting Design) is delighted to return to Six Points Theater having previously worked on The Wanderers, Two Jews Walk Into A War... Chanukah in the Dark, The People's Violin, Operation: Immigration and Significant Other. He has designed lighting for American Repertory Theatre-Director’s Lab (Cambridge, Mass.), Gallery Players (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and Footsteps Theater Company (Chicago, Ill.), as well as St. Croix Festival Theatre (St. Croix Falls, Wis.), for Man of La Mancha, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Anita Kelling (Sound Design) returns to Six Points Theater where she last worked on The Wanderers,  TRAYF, Two Jews Walk Into A War…, all three plays for the New-Play Reading Festival: The Book of Vashti, Book of Hours and Groupthink, and Chanukah in the Dark. She has also designed for Park Square Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Girl Friday Productions, Prime Productions, Theater Mu, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Yellow Tree Theatre, Stage North Theatre Company, Freshwater Theatre, Theatre in the Round, 20% Theatre Company, The Chameleon Theatre Circle, Normandale Community College, and SteppingStone Theatre. Anita holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota.

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Rick Polenek (Properties Design) returns to Six Points having previously designed props for Sisters in Law, Two Jews Walk Into A War…, Shul and The Whipping Man and scenery for Mizlansky/Zilinsky, Chanukah in the Dark and The Wanderers. Rick has been active in the Twin Cities’ theater and design communities for over 50 years as a scenic designer, exhibition designer, commercial art director and college instructor. Recent projects include Fetal for Frank Theatre.

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Scott Gilbert (Stage Manager) returns to Six Points Theater having worked on Uncle Philip's Coat and Two Jews Walk Into A War... Raised in Arizona, he moved to the Twin Cities over 25 years ago and calls it home. He’s been active in the local theater scene for decades and has stage managed, designed, produced, directed and even acted for numerous local theaters including Theatre in the Round and his own company, Segue Productions. 

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Becca Kravchenko (Assistant Stage Manager/Production Assistant) is happy to be returning to Six Points Theater after working on Sisters In Law. 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, and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from Augsburg University.

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Wendy Kout (Playwright) is an award-winning writer/producer of stage, film, television and virtual screen, whose work has been appreciated around the world. Wendy was commissioned to write SURVIVORS in 2017 by Ralph Meranto, Artistic Producing Director of CenterStage Theatre in Rochester, NY. Wendy is honored to have SURVIVORS produced by Barbara Brooks and directed by Warren C. Bowles at Six Points Theater. This Holocaust and tolerance teaching play now has five independent touring productions in the U.S. and Canada, including the West Coast tour which Wendy is co-producing. The world premiere of We Are the Levinsons was produced by Six Points Theater and won BroadwayWorld Regional Awards for Best Play and Best Ensemble.  In film, she co-wrote and co-produced Jacob the Baker and wrote Dorfman in Love, starring Elliott Gould. Both are streaming on Amazon and other platforms. In television, Wendy created and co-executive produced the ABC hit comedy, Anything But Love, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis. She lives in California with her husband/favorite male writer Dennis Koenig. 

LOCATION

Highland Park Community Center Theater

1978 Ford Parkway St. Paul, MN, 55116

Free and easy parking

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