Two Jews Walk Into A War...

 

Director Sally Wingert's Thoughts About

Two Jews Walk Into A War... 

 

"We live in community—home and family, neighborhood, work, faith, political and social—which gives us a sense of belonging. Now imagine your community has dwindled to one fellow traveler. 

 

"Under the brutal tyranny of the Taliban, Ishaq and Zeblyan find themselves the last two Jews in Kabul. Sounds like a comedy, right? Well Seth Rozin has written a funny play with a serious dilemma. These men are trying to figure out how to increase the size of their community but the collaboration is hindered because they can’t stand one another. 

 

"It is my thrill to be able to direct this play for Six Points Theater, which I consider one of my theatrical homes. Two tremendous actors bring their considerable comic chops to a story that mirrors the harshness and absurdity of life in wartime. Please join us, we’d love to see you.”

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by Seth Rozin
with Avi Aharoni and Nathan Keepers
directed by Sally Wingert

April 30 - May 29, 2022   Extended* 

Zeblyan and Ishaq are the last two Jews living in Kabul. They both want to urgently repopulate their ancient Jewish community, but

can't agree how to do it. Inspired by true events, this play balances Borscht Belt humor and poignancy in a touching look at cultural continuity.

⦁ Call the Box Office 651-647-4315 to buy tickets.  

⦁ We are hand-picking seats for social distancing.

Individual Producers

Gail and Steve Machov 

Producers Circle 

Susan and Michael Blehert 

Renae and Phil Goldman

Katherine and Jeff Tane 

Mary Ann and David Wark 

Phil Oxman and Harvey Zuckman 

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DATES, TIMES & PRICES

LOCATION

Saturday, April 30, 2022
8:00 pm
$38
Sunday, May 1, 2022 
1:00 pm
$30
Sunday, May 1, 2022 
7:00 pm
$25
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 
7:30 pm
$25
Thursday, May 5, 2022 
7:30 pm
$25
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Sold Out 
8:00 pm
$38
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Sold Out 
1:00 pm
$25
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Sold Out
5:00 pm
$25
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 
Sold Out
1:00 pm
$23
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Sold Out
7:30 pm
$25
Thursday, May 12, 2022
Socially-distanced seating
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7:30 pm
$25
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Sold Out
8:00 pm
$38
Sunday, May 15, 2022
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1:00 pm
$30
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Sold Out
7:30 pm
$25
Thursday, May 19, 2022
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7:30 pm
$25
Saturday, May 21, 2022 
Limited Availability*
8:00 pm
$38
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Sold Out
1:00 pm
$30
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Sold Out
5:00 pm
$30
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Socially-distanced seating
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7:30 pm
$25
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Best Seats*
7:30 pm
$25
Saturday, May 28, 2022
Best Seats*

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8:00 pm
$38
Sunday, May 29, 2022
Socially-distanced seating
Call 651-647-4315 for tickets
1:00 pm
$30

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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Avi Aharoni (Zeblyan) is excited to be back at Six Points Theater where his credits include Shul, Natasha and the Coat, and his self-written, filmed production of the one-man show, Operation: Immigration, subsequently retitled My Father's Son, which won the Golden Lanyard Award at the 2019 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Locally he’s also worked with the Guthrie Theater/Transatlantic Love Affair, Park Square Theatre, Dark & Stormy Productions, Theater Latté Da, Playwrights’ Center, Pillsbury House Theatre, Off-Road Shakespeare in Seattle, The Guild Theatre in Israel, among countless others. 

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Nathan Keepers (Ishaq) returns to Six Points Theater after working on The Book of Vashti, part of the New Play Reading Festival. He is Producing Artistic Director of The Moving Company in Minneapolis. Nathan also spent 11 seasons with Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Other local credits include the Jungle Theater, the Guthrie Theater, and Ten Thousand Things Theater. Nationally, Nathan’s worked at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, American Repertory Theater, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre among others. He has been an artist in residence at a college and several universities and studied in Europe. ••

Production Artists

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Sally Wingert (Director) has previously appeared at Six Points Theater in Chanukah in the Dark, A Pickle, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Rose, Family Secrets, Woman Before A Glass, and 2.5 Minute Ride, and made her directorial debut with The Whipping Man. She’s been in over 100 productions at the Guthrie Theater, with other Twin Cities credits including, Theater Latté Da, Ten Thousand Things Theater, and Dark & Stormy Productions. Sally has performed in theaters around the country, on Broadway, and in London’s West End. 

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Michael Hoover (Scenic Design) returns to Six Points Theater after designing 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.

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Morgan Rainford (Costume Design) is elated to be back at Six Points Theater where they previously worked on The People's Violin. They have also designed for the Normandale Theatre Club, Theatre 301, and the feature film Faerie. They currently 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 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) is excited to be back with Six Points Theater where she last worked on 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 Theater having previously designed props for Shul and The Whipping Man and scenery for Chanukah in the Dark. 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 Not for Sale at History Theatre and The Family Line for Stage North. Upcoming projects include a regional tour of Glensheen for History Theatre.

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Jo Holcomb (Dramaturg) returns to Six Points Theater where she’s worked on The People's Violin, Promise of America, Operation: Immigration, Oh My God, and Shul. At the Guthrie Theater Jo was involved in more than 75 productions, including Indecent; Watch on the Rhine, and Native Gardens. She has also worked as a dramaturg at Ten Thousand Things Theater and Macalester College, and teaches in the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and the O’Neill National Theater Institute.

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Timothy M. Payton (Technical Director) is returning to Six Points Theater for his sixth production, the third 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) dusts off her stage manager’s hat once again at Six Points Theater having last worked on The People's Violin. Laura's performances at Six Points Theater include 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Oh my God!, The Mikveh Monologues, The Last Schwartz, Stars of David, and My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding. Laura's 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. She's 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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Scott Gilbert (Stage Manager) is making his debut with Six Points Theater, although he became Manager of Operations in September of last year. Raised in Arizona, he moved to the Twin Cities over 25 years ago and calls it home. He has 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, The Chameleon Theatre Circle and his own company, Segue Productions. 

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Constance Brevell (ASM/Production Assistant) is a BIPOC Twin Cities based stage manager. She’s worked locally with The Wildwood Theatre, 20% Theatre Company, Gadfly Theatre Productions, Shadow Horse Theatre, and Theatre Elision, to name a few, and in Wisconsin, Phipps Center for the Arts and St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, both in Hudson. She's also worked on a show at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Constance holds a BA in Theatre Honors from Gustavus Adolphus College.

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Seth Rozin (Playwright) is the author of more than a dozen plays, including Men of Stone, Missing Link, Black Gold, Two Jews Walk Into A War…,The Three Christs of Manhattan, Human Rites, and Settlements, which have been produced at 28 theaters across the country and in Australia. He also wrote the book, music and lyrics for A Passing Wind, which was featured in the inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in 2011. He is the co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia, for which he has directed over 50 productions.  

 
 Catch Up With Avi Aharoni Appearing in Two Jews Walk Into A War...

Q:
 You're from the Twin Cities. Has being from here influenced your career?

A:  Growing up in the Twin Cities has TOTALLY influenced my acting career. Staying in the Twin Cities (or coming back after my travels) has allowed me the time to learn which direction I'd like to take my career.  

Q: Can you remember when you first became interested in theater/acting? 
A: I was in sixth grade, and I went to see some classmates do a play at the community center. I signed up for musical theater summer camp, and immediately, I knew that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. 

Q: What is it about your character, Zeblyan, that you can relate to?
A: He's a bit mischievous without being malicious. He cracks jokes during otherwise somber or difficult times. He also questions what he's being told while remaining truthful to himself.

Q: Is there a central theme or message audiences will take away from the play?
A: How do we adapt to our ever-changing human behavior while still holding on to the world that once was? Seth Rozin's script provides a beautiful canvas for such discussion. 


 •• Get to Know Nathan Keepers Appearing in Two Jews Walk Into A War...

Q: Where are you originally from and how did you get to the Twin Cities?
A: I was born in Madison, Wis. But my family moved here the summer I turned four. So I’m from here, too.

Q: Can you remember when you first became interested in theater/acting? 

A: It’s always been around me. My mother is a performer and director, so the theater has permeated my life from the beginning.

Q: What is it about your character, Ishaq, that you can relate to?
A: Strength in holding on to what you created and what you believe in is a good thing to relate with.

Q: Is there a central theme or message audiences will take away from the play?
A: A piece of theater lands on each audience member differently, so they make the themes and messages what they are. What’s happening in this world right now - from Putin walking into Ukraine, the Taliban coming back into power, profound loss from the pandemic, our reckoning with and questioning of what has been and what will be - I think the play will be pretty resonant to folks.