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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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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 Department and Student Life Present Spring Play “Top Girls” April 9–12

Posted on: March 29th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Top Girls spring play posterDirected by John Townsend, veteran Twin Cities theater critic for the Star Tribune and Lavender Magazine, this play by Caryl Churchill makes a powerful statement about the changing role of women in a society that used to be driven entirely by men.

The play is set in the Big 80s. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher have hypnotized the world with the concept of “voodoo economics” in which wealth is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands and the scraps “trickle down” to those lucky enough to be where they may land. It’s a time when many women realize they want “a piece of the pie,” but haven’t yet noticed that the game is rigged. Our protagonist Marlene doesn’t care—she will get to the top of the Top Girls Employment Agency no matter the cost.

Amidst her single-minded efforts to rule her company, ghosts from other centuries and from her own past haunt her. Will she yield to their wisdom or will she continue to play the economic and political game?

  • April 9–12, 7 p.m. Matinee session on April 12 at 1 p.m.
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College Whitney Fine Arts Theater
  • 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis
  • Free admission. A non-perishable food shelf donation is suggested.
  • Sign language available upon request.

For more information, call 612-659-6122 or 612-200-5542.

Theatre on the Park presents “Lysistrata”

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by insidemctc 3 Comments

Oct. 26, 27, 28, 29 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.
Whitney Fine Arts Center, 1424 Yale Place

Information: 612-659-6118

Admission is free. Audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Emergency Foodshelf Network of Hennepin County.

“Lysistrata” was written by one of the greatest comic dramatists of all times, the Greek genius Aristophanes. The play’s action centers around a group of women who are sick and tired of their men fighting war after war: they resent, in a word, what the wars do to their home life and the life of the state. So the women hit on a plan that, if successful, will keep their men at home instead of on the battlefield. The sisters’ plan is ingenious, hilarious, daring and sexy.

MCTC’s production will be directed by Obie Award-winning director Maxine Klein. Scenic and Lighting Designer for Lysistrata is by Kathy A. Stewart with costumes designed by Barbara Portinga. The production will be stage managed by MCTC alumnus Justin Kirkeberg with Michael Robertson producing the show. The cast features 16 MCTC and Metropolitan State University students including Mary Van Briesen, Jane Reese, Drew Malcom, Laura Ann Lewis, Aysha Karagoez, Pepper Branster, Shannon Maria Houska, William Anderson, Isaac Bradley, Charles Coleman, Abraham Winter, Carlos Vera, Steven Flamm, Lijesh Krishnan, and J.D. Swanson. Both Elizabeth Streiff and Kathrine Preble are community/volunteer actors for the show.