Some lucky theatergoers will get to spend an intimate evening with stage star Sally Wingert in the dog days of summer.
Wingert will perform in “Rose,” Martin Sherman’s one-woman show about an 80-year-old Holocaust survivor. The two-hour show will be staged in various Twin Cities homes in August as the kick-off to the Minnesota Jewish Theatre’s 20th anniversary season.
Wingert has headlined other shows at MJTC, including "Family Secrets," "Woman Before a Glass," and "2.5 Minute Ride." Randy Latimer starred in MJTC’s production of “Rose” in 2002 and 2003. Hayley Finn directs the current revival (Aug. 9-24).
MJTC’s 2014-2015 line-up includes David Ives’ “New Jerusalem, the Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656." While Ives is known primarily for comedy, the funniest thing about "New Jerusalem" may be its long title.The drama, which centers on a would-be chief rabbi accused of atheism, will be directed by Kurt Schweickhardt, who has acted in or staged several shows at the St. Paul-based company (Oct. 18-Nov. 9).
Jenna Zark’s “The Chanukkah Guest,” which was commissioned by MJTC commission from Eric A. Kimmel’s book of the same name, will be MJTC’s holiday offering. Zark previously adapted “The Magic Dreidels” for MJTC. A director for “The Chanukkah Guest” has yet not been named (Dec. 4-21).
“Stars of David,” a musical revue adapted from Abigail Pogebrin’s book, celebrates the lives of figures such as Leonard Nimoy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Michael Kissin directs (Feb. 14-March 8, 2015).
MJTC closes its season with Jack Canfora’s “Jericho,” which orbits the lives of 9/11 survivors. Warren Bowles directs (April 18-May 20, 2015).
Three- play season passbooks, $55-$75, are available. Individual tickets to “Rose,” $45-$55, also are avaialbe. The Aug. 9 opening performance includes pre- and post-show receptions. Tickets to the holiday production go on sale Nov. 7.
“It’s a very strong season with many different types of work,” said MJTC artistic director Barbara Brooks. “I’m thrilled that [producer] Daryl Roth’s office contacted me about the musical, ‘Stars of David.’ I’m thrilled that Mike [Kissin] is doing it. ‘Jericho’ is a very absorbing piece of theater that was first seen last fall. And I’m glad to be working with Sally again. It's a great season for us.”