The People’s Violin

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by Charles Varon 
with JC Cutler
directed by Warren C. Bowles

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.

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DATES, TIMES & PRICES

LOCATION

Saturday, October 23 
8:00 pm
$38
Sunday, October 24
1:00 pm sold out
$38
Sunday, October 24
7:00 pm
$38
Tuesday, October 26
1:00 pm sold out
$38
Wednesday, October 27
7:30 pm
$38
Thursday, October 28
7:30 pm
$38
Saturday, October 30
8:00 pm
$38
Sunday, October 31
1:00 pm sold out
$38
Wednesday, November 3
7:30 pm
$38
Thursday, November 4
7:30 pm
$38
Saturday, November 6
8:00 pm
$38
Sunday, November 7
1:00 pm sold out
$38
Wednesday, November 10
7:30 pm
$38
Thursday, November 11
7:30 pm
$38
Saturday, November 13
8:00 pm
$38
Sunday, November 14
1:00 pm sold out
$38
Artist and Student Rush
$15

We’re back in our theater home:

Highland Park Community Center

1978 Ford Parkway St. Paul, MN, 55116

Free and easy parking

Cast

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JC Cutler (Sol Shank) is thrilled to be making his debut at Six Points Theater. For the past 35 years, he has made his home in the Twin Cities, performing in many venues including the Guthrie Theatre (over 50 productions), Jungle Theater, Cricket Theatre, Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Illusion Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, Children's Theatre Company, and others. He’s traveled to Dublin, Moscow, and Morocco for various projects and most recently to London for the premiere of Tony Kushner’s Tiny Kushner. He’s grateful for the life he’s been able to spend in and out of the theater, due entirely to the love and support from his wife Judy, his kids, grandkids, and his two canine companions, Josie and Milo.

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Lea Kalisch (Nirit, Nicole) is beyond thrilled to finally be making her Twin Cities stage debut at Six Points Theater.  She is a Swiss-born NYC-brewed polyglot actress and singer, a fire-cracker with a “shtetl neshume,” who landed in Minnesota at the beginning of the pandemic.  Recently she was seen on the big screen in the Jewish horror movie The Vigil. Lea has performed Yiddish solo concerts in America and Europe, and starred in multiple shows and Yiddish plays Off Broadway (Awake and Sing, God of Vengeance, Bad Jews). Her multilingual one-woman show In Love With A Dream! blends Yiddishkayt with Latino flavor and New York swag. Eshet Chayil of Hip Hop was her debut music video , and her new one, Run Run Run, will be out soon.

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David Coral (multiple roles) is very pleased to return to Six Points Theater! Since 1998, he’s performed in the Twin Cities area with Park Square Theatre, Girl Friday Productions, and Theatre in the Round, The Great River Shakespeare Festival (Winona, Minn.), The Commonweal (Lanesboro, Minn.), and many others. Work with Six Points Theater includes The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, and The Triangle Factory Fire Project. He received a best supporting actor nod in 2000 for A Lie of the Mind - Starting Gate Productions , and in 2010 for My Name is Asher Lev - Six Points Theater. David also freelances as a film, commercial and voice-over talent and is featured in the films Little Words and Dawning.

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Tony Larkin (multiple roles) debuted at Six Points Theater in Significant Other, playing a variety of characters. A recent transplant from Atlanta, Tony's been working in professional regional theater for the past 30 years, beginning at age 10, when he was in the national tour of Camelot. Since then, he's worked all over. Most notably: The Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, Ga.), Jewish Theatre of the South (Dunwoody, Ga.), New Repertory Theatre (Watertown, Mass.), The Acorn Theatre (New York, NY), Bank Street Theater (New York, NY), Highlands Playhouse (Highlands, NC), Penobscot Theatre Company (Bangor, Maine), and many others. Huge thanks to Barbara, the cast, and all of you for supporting live theater.

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Patty Mathews (multiple roles) is excited to be working at Six Points Theater, after being away from the theater during the pandemic. 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. In addition to the stage, she also does voice-over and on-camera work. One of her biggest adventures was climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2017. Big love to all of the cheerleaders in her life. Couldn’t do it without you!

Production Artists

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Warren C. Bowles (Director) is back at Six Points Theater, having previously directed 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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Michael Hoover (Scenic Design) returns to Six Points Theater after designing Promise of America - A Celebration of Jewish American Song, 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.

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Morgan Rainford (Costume Design) is elated to be making its Six Points Theater debut. They have also designed for the Normandale Theatre Club, Theatre 301, and the feature film Faerie. They also serve as the Costume Assistant at the Children’s Theatre Company.

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Todd M. Reemtsma (Lighting Design) is delighted to return to Six Points Theater having previously worked on 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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C Andrew Mayer (Sound Design/Projections) has designed over a dozen shows at Six Points Theater, including Significant Other, Actually, and Photograph 51. He has worked at many fine theaters in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. He was a McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow and in the summer, serves as the Producing Director of the Acadia Repertory Theatre on Mount Desert Island in Maine.

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Ryan Melling (Video Design) is pleased to be back at Six Points Theater where he has worked on Promise of America: A Celebration of Jewish American Song and Operation: Immigration. He has produced work with The Moving Company, Minnesota Opera, Threads Dance Project, MIZNA, The Great Northern Festival as well as individual artists: Akiko, Joy Dolo and Luverne Seifert. Formerly Video Content Producer for the Guthrie Theater, his work has been widely recognized by the national performing arts field in creative content for digital media. He is the owner and creative director of Little Fire Digital Studio — a company focused on creating original video content with performing artists and arts organizations.

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Jo Holcomb (Dramaturg) returns to Six Points Theater where she’s worked on Promise of America: A Celebration of Jewish American Song; Operation: Immigration; Oh My God; and Shul. At the Guthrie Theater, from 1996, Jo was involved in more than 75 productions, including Metamorphoses; Indecent; Watch on the Rhine; Native Gardens; The Crucible; A Christmas Carol; Crimes of the Heart; Uncle Vanya; The Burial at Thebes; M. Butterfly; The Glass Menagerie and Six Degrees of Separation. She also worked at Ten Thousand Things Theater and Macalester College where she was the dramaturg for Angels in America: Part One. Jo has taught at the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program; and the National Theatre Institute, O'Neill Center.

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Timothy M. Payton (Technical Director) is returning to Six Points Theater for his fifth production, the second as technical director. Tim is currently the Set Designer and Technical Director for Saint Paul Central High School. He’s also a Set Designer with the Young Artists Initiative and Lex-Ham Community Arts, both in St. Paul. Over his 25-year theater career, Tim has performed many technical backstage functions. In 2017, he graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul, with a BA in Theatre.

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Laura Stearns (Stage Manager) is excited to dust off her Stage Manager’s hat and get back in the booth for Six Points Theater. Audiences will remember Laura from her performances in Six Points Theater productions of My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Stars of David, The Mikveh Monologues, The Last Schwartz, Oh My God, and most recently 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. Laura has spent the better part of the last 35 years working in theater both on and off stage, and has been seen on a variety of local stages including Illusion Theater, Park Square Theater, and Prime Productions. Laura is an advocate for safety and accountability in theater spaces and is an administrator of the Minnesota Theater Accountability Coalition (MNTAC.org)

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Miranda Shunkwiler (Production Assistant) is grateful to be making her debut at Six Points Theater. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, she has been blessed to be a part of the theater community, working with companies such as New Native Theatre, Stages Theatre Company, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Classical Actors Ensemble, and many more.

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Charles Varon (Playwright) has been credited by The San Francisco Chronicle with “redefining the art form of solo performance.” For over 25 years, Charlie has written, performed, directed and taught at The Marsh Theater in San Francisco. His award-winning shows – all created in collaboration with David Ford – include Rush Limbaugh in Night School, The People’s Violin, Rabbi Sam, Feisty Old Jew, and Second Time Around, a collaboration with world-renowned cellist Joan Jeanrenaud. As collaborator/director, Charlie has worked with Dan Hoyle since 2004. Charlie recently completed a comic novel, Feisty Old Jews, about old Jews living at a retirement home. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic and other publications. Charlie is now teaching online writing classes.