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Theater Arts Instructor Michael Kissin Slows his Role…but Not by Much

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments
MCTC Theater Arts Instructor, Michael Kissin Photo Courtesy of Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

MCTC Theater Arts Instructor Michael Kissin
Photo Courtesy of Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Theater Arts Instructor Michael Kissin was featured in a recent article in the Star Tribune for his role in the play The Twenty-Seventh Man currently running at the Minnesota Jewish Theater Company. Michael Kissin is an actor, director and musician in addition to his teaching role at MCTC, and has been a company member at the Mixed Blood Theatre for over 20 years. Michael has directed plays including Talley’s Folly, Goats, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding and Stars of David, and starred in the one-man show Boychik.

The original story is posted below.

Michael Kissin feels connection to MJTC’s ‘The Twenty-Seventh Man’

Twin Cities stage vet Michael Kissin honors his Jewish roots in a play about Stalin’s purge of Yiddish writers.

“Crimes of the Heart,” MCTC’s Fall Play

Posted on: October 15th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Small Poster crimes of the heartMinneapolis Community and Technical College, in association with Student Life and the Theater Arts department, present the fall play production of Crimes of the Heart, written by Beth Henley and directed by MCTC Theater Arts Instructor Maxine Klein.

Performances

The play runs October 28 – 31 at 7 p.m. There is an additional matinee performance Saturday, October 31 at 1 p.m. Sign language interpretation will be provided at the Thursday, October 29 performance.

Cost

Admission is free! Audience members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate.

Location

MCTC Whitney Fine Arts Theater, 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis, MN. Information available at 612-659-6122.

About the Play

One of the most entertaining and popular of contemporary plays, Beth Henley’s comedy Crimes of the Heart won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, the New York Critics Circle Best American Play and a Tony Award nomination for Best New Play. From loves savored and lost to attempted murder, the play takes its characters on a gothic, zany adventure that promises to challenge actors and delight audiences.

“It has heart, wit, and a surprisingly zany passion…it would certainly be a crime for anyone interested in the theatre not to see this play.”

-The New York Post

“While this play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also, unmistakably, the tale of a very troubled family. Such is Miss Henley’s prodigious talent that she can serve us pain as though it were a piece of cake.”

-The New York Times

“The 39 Steps,” MCTC’s Spring Play

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC spring playMinneapolis Community and Technical College, in association with Student Life and the Theater Arts department, present the spring play production of The 39 Steps. The play, written by Patrick Barlow, was adapted for the stage from the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock classic movie.

Performances

The play runs April 8-11 at 7 p.m. There will be an additional matinee performance April 11 at 1 p.m.

Cost

Admission is free. Audience members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation.

Location

MCTC Whitney Arts Fine Arts Theater, 1424 Yale Place Minneapolis, MN. Parking is available in the MCTC parking ramp. Information is available at 612-659-6122.

About the play

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with laughs and thrills, over 100 characters, played by a talented cast of 4, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is mysteriously murdered. Soon, a secret, ruthless organization called The 39 Steps is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of drama, murder, mystery, suspense thriller, and inventive comic farce,  amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

MCTC Theater Arts Students Present “A Soldier’s Play”

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Poster: A Soldier's PlayMinneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), in association with MCTC Student Life, present their winter play production of A Soldier’s Play. The World War I-era story written by Charles Fuller and directed by Kevin West highlights the tense racial divide in the U.S. in the 1940s against the backdrop of a murder mystery.

Performances

The play runs February 5–8 at 7 p.m. There is an additional matinee performance Saturday, February 8 at 1 p.m. Sign language interpretation is available upon request.

Cost

Admission is free! Audience members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate.

Location

MCTC Whitney Fine Arts Theater
1424 Yale Place
Minneapolis
Information available at (612) 659-6122

About the Play

The award-winning Soldier’s Play takes place near the end of World War I in the Deep South. A black officer is sent to investigate the murder of a black sergeant. The crime scene: a black regiment with white officers in Jim Crow country. Far from home and farther yet from justice, the young officer—already facing virtually insurmountable odds—is up against a deadline of three days to learn the truth about the murder. This tense, dangerous assignment will reveal much about the brutal racism of the 1940s, and equally as much about the racism of our time.