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The Star Tribune names Uncle Philip's Coat one of the

10 best and brightest theater shows to catch this fall!

Matty, a middle-aged struggling actor, inherits an old, shabby coat from his deceased Uncle Philip Louis Zhivatovsky. As Matty learns about the history of this timeworn garment - saving a life in a Russian pogrom, displaying brassieres for sale on Coney Island's Boardwalk, and providing warmth for a hardscrabble life on the streets of New York - it becomes a treasured possession, living on as a coat for dreamers. This exquisitely written solo performance piece about inheritance, hope, and the human spirit is not to be missed.

COVID-19 Safety and Protocols At This Time

All audience members must wear a mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while in the theater. We are no longer requiring proof of vaccination. Specific performances are also socially-distanced seating. Read more.

 

DOORWAYS PROGRAMS

Join us for these entertaining and educational programs in conjunction with Uncle Philip’s Coat. Reservations are required. Call 651-647-4315.

Meet the Actor and Director

Join Uncle Philip’s Coat actor JC Cutler and director Craig Johnson as they discuss the similarities and the differences of acting in and directing a one-person show. 

Tuesday, October 25, in the theater, after the 1 p.m. performance.

Meet the Playwright

Matty Selman is a playwright, lyricist, composer, and author based in New York. He will join us virtually to discuss Uncle Philip’s Coat and the many other hats he wears as a lyricist and composer.
  Sunday, October 30, in the theater, after the 1 p.m. performance.

Cast

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JC Cutler (Matty) returns to Six Points Theater after having made his debut in The People's Violin last season. For the past 36 years, he has made his home in the Twin Cities, performing in many venues including the Guthrie Theater (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 three canine companions, Milo, Josie and Vinny.

Production Artists

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Craig Johnson (Director) is a long time actor and director in the Twin Cities. At Six Points Theater he directed A Pickle, The Chanukah Guest, Mizlansky/Zalinsky or 'schmucks,'

and Becoming Doctor Ruth, and acted in Jest a Second! He's worked at many other Twin Cities theaters including the Jungle Theater, Theater Latté Da, Park Square Theatre, Ten Thousand Things Theater, Yellow Tree Theatre, Gremlin Theatre, and History Theatre. He teaches theater at the University of Minnesota, and is the former director of the James J. Hill House. Recognition includes Ivey Awards for acting and directing, and Theater Artist of the Year from City Pages and Lavender.

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Robin McIntyre (Scenic Design) is pleased to be returning to Six Points Theater. For 10 seasons Robin created hundreds of sets for both main stage musicals and Black Box theatre productions at Bloomington Civic Theatre and Art Center. Locally, he has designed for Lakeshore Players Theatre, Mounds View Community Theatre, Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Flying Foot Forum, Collide Theatrical Dance Company, Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis., and Cedar Summerstock Theater in Iowa. Currently, he works with the University of Northwestern, Benilde-St. Margaret's and Lakeville North High School theaters, and DalekoArts. 

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Eleanor Schanilec (Costume and Property Design) is excited for her debut with Six Points Theater! 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 also 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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Paul Epton (Lighting Design) is happy to be back at Six Points Theater where he's designed more than 60 shows including The Whipping Man, Stars of David, My Name is Asher Lev, Photograph 51,The Triangle Factory Fire Project, Rose, Old Wicked Songs, and The Chosen. He has designed for many other companies in town and out-state, including Mixed Blood Theatre, Commonweal Theatre, and Off-Leash Area, and has been on the design team for two Ivey Award productions. Over the past 30 years, he's also hung lights at the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, and numerous small companies around town. 

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Reid Rejsa (Sound Design) returns to Six Points Theater having previously worked on 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Church and State, Family Secrets, Shadow of the Valley and King of the Kosher Grocers. He has worked in audio as part of the Twin Cities theater community for over 30 years at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Jungle Theater, Theater Mu, Mixed Blood Theatre, and Children's Theatre Company. Currently, Reid is Head of Sound for the Guthrie Theater. 

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Miranda Shunkwiler (Stage Manager) returns to Six Points Theater after working on 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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Matty Selman (Playwright) is a playwright, lyricist, composer, and author based in New York City. He began his career as an actor. A graduate of New York City’s High School of  Performing Arts, he studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, and was invited to join OBIE award winning actress, playwright and director, Julie Bovasso’s Master Class in playwrighting; he later studied filmmaking with Martin Scorsese at NYU Film School. Matty first came into the national spotlight when he was selected to write the lyrics to an adaptation of Lysistrata with music by HAIR composer, Galt MacDermot. The resulting work starred Tony Award winner Cherry Jones and was presented by the American Repertory Theater. He also collaborated with Agnes of God playwright, John Pielmeier on three musicals. Matty's the composer, lyricist and librettist of La Dottoressa, a musical about feminist, scientist, educator, mother and advocate for world peace, Maria Montessori. It was presented by the Chamber Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center. Matty was selected by the Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation as its Spring Literature Grantee, 2021, for his collection of short stories, Satchel of Dreams.

 

The Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Foundation

 

Individual Producers 

Rhoda and Don Mains

 

Producers Circle 

Sonny and Amy Miller

Linda and Mike Platt

Mary Ann and David Wark

Highland Park Community Center Theater

1978 Ford Parkway St. Paul, MN 55116

Free and easy parking