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Orthodox teens and lifelong best friends Zalmy and Shmuel are intent on saving the world, one mitzvah at a time. But when a curious outsider draws Zalmy into the forbidden secular pleasures of 1990s New York City, Shmuel must do everything in his power to keep their dreams intact or risk losing his friend forever. This play, which takes place in Manhattan and Brooklyn in 1991, is a funny and heartwarming ode to the turbulence of youth, the universal suspicion that we don't quite fit in, and the faith and friends that see us through. TRAYF runtime approximately 90 minutes.
 

Producers Circle 

Barbara Brooks and Rick Friede 

Amy and Barry Newman 

Mark and Gail Bender Satz 

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Cast

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Paul LaNave (Jonathan) is excited to be returning to Six Points Theater after previously appearing in Significant Other. He has worked locally with Park Square Theatre, Dark & Stormy Productions, The Playwrights' Center, Gremlin Theatre, and many others, and was a principal cast member of the award-winning Twin Cities-based web series Theater People.

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Marci Lucht (Leah) is making her debut at Six Points Theater. She's an actor, director and teaching artist, and has performed with Park Square Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Full Circle Theater, Theatre in the Round, Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, and Old Log Theatre among others. She was awarded admission into Penumbra Theatre’s Pedagogies of Art for Social Change program. Marci's the Education Manager at Yellow Tree Theatre and a resident teaching artist with Guthrie Theater. She has led classes for Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Penumbra Theatre, Project Success, and Bilingual Learning Center. 

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Soren Thayne Miller (Zalmy) returns to Six Points Theater for his third show. He was an understudy in Oh my God! and was on stage in The Chanukah Guest.  Soren's been acting in professional theater for almost 10 years including the U.S. National Tour of Broadway’s Matilda the Musical, productions at the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Theatre Latté Da, Stages Theatre Company, SteppingStone Theatre, and Ashland Productions. Soren's in his senior year at St. Paul Academy and Summit School where he's active in Spotlight Showcase with Hennepin Theatre Trust, school productions, choir, and fencing. 

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Charlie Peterson (Shmuel) is making his Six Points Theater debut! Charlie is a junior at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and has performed in Little Shop of Horrors, Once, Small Mouth Sounds, The Seagull, Mosquitoes, and Ragtime while there. 

Production Artists

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Jennie Ward (Director) returns to Six Points Theater where she previously directed Chanukah in the Dark, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother and What I Thought I Knew. She directed and assistant directed at Playwrights’ Center, Guthrie Theater, Jungle Theater, and St. Croix Festival Theater. Jennie directed and taught in Chicago, New York City, and Boston. She taught at the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Acting Conservatory, Hamline University, and Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. As the Managing Director at the Center For Performing Arts in Minneapolis, she helped produce radical and rigorous development opportunities for performing artists. She earned her MFA in Directing from Harvard.

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Michael Hoover (Scenic Design) returns to Six Points Theater after designing Groupthink, 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 Theater Latté Da, History Theatre, Torch Theatre, Girl Friday Productions, and Yellow Tree Theatre. Most recently, he's the Lead Scenic Artist at the Guthrie Theater.

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Eleanor Schanilec (Costume Design) is happy to be back at Six Points Theater after her work with Uncle Philip's Coat. 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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Jenny Moeller (Lighting Design) is a props and lighting designer, theater artist, and writer working in the Twin Cities who is excited about making her debut at Six Points Theater. She is currently Technical Director of the Twin Cities Horror Festival, serves on the board for Arts Nest in Minneapolis, and is the former Artistic Director of Raw Sugar. She has worked as technical director, designer, and builder for many theaters, including the Minnesota Opera, Southern Theater, Off Lease Art Box, Theatre Pro Rata, Theatre Unbound, and Nimbus. 

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Anita Kelling (Sound Design) returns to Six Points Theater where she last worked on 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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Miranda Shunkwiler (Stage Manager) returns to Six Points Theater after working on 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, New Native Theatre, Stages Theatre Company, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Classical Actors Ensemble, and
many more. 

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Lindsay Joelle (Playwright) hails from the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. The granddaughter of a survivor in Poland's Underground Resistance, Lindsay is drawn to stories of misfits, rebels, and the unassimilated. Plays include The Garbologists (Philadelphia Theatre Company, City Theatre, Northlight Theatre) an EST/Sloan Foundation commission; TRAYF (The Geffen Playhouse, Theater J, New Repertory Theatre); and The Messengers, an Audible Theatre Emerging Playwright Commission recorded by Audible. Lindsay was the National New Play Network’s Playwright-in-Residence at Curious Theatre and is an alumna of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, Nashville Repertory Theatre’s Ingram New Works Lab, Columbia University (BA), and Hunter College (MFA). 

LOCATION

We’re back in our theater home

Highland Park Community Center

1978 Ford Parkway St. Paul, MN 55116

Free and easy parking

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