Kim Kivens and Miriam Schwartz in "Natasha and the Coat" by Deborah Stein in 2018. (Photo courtesy of Minnesota Jewish Theater Company)

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company Announces 2018-19 Season

The season will feature five productions, including a world premiere by Sheldon Wolf.

ST. PAUL, MINN.: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) has announced its 2018-19 season, which will be its 24th.

The season will open with What I Thought I Knew (Aug. 18-30) by Alice Eve Cohen, about an infertile Jewish woman who discovers that she is pregnant. A solo performance, it will feature Kim Kivens as 40 different characters. Jennie Ward will direct.

Next will be The Last Schwartz (Oct. 20-Nov. 11) by Deborah Zoe Laufer, a comedic drama about three  brothers and their sister who return to their family estate on the anniversary of their father’s death. Warren C. Bowles will direct.

Following will be The Chanukah Guest (Dec. 2-18) by Jenna Zark, based on the book by Eric Kimmel. It is about Bubba Brayna, who makes latkes on the first night of Chanukah and the smell from her kitchen draws an unexpected guest to her house. Craig Johnson will direct.

Next will be the new play Actually (Feb. 16-March 10, 2019) by Anna Ziegler, about two Princeton students—a Jewish girl and an African-American guy—who recount their intimate evening together to a university panel that will assess whether sexual assault took place between the two. It will feature Miriam Schwartz and JuCoby Johnson.

Closing out the season will be the world premiere of Shul (April 27-May 19, 2019) by Sheldon Wolf, about a dilapidated synagogue and its community that spans several generations. Local actor Robert Dorfman will make his directorial debut with Shul.

Founded in 1994, MJTC is a non-profit theatre organization that is rooted in Jewish content and dedicated to telling stories for people of all cultural backgrounds, which can foster greater understanding among all people.