The Minnesota Son of a Twice-Immigrant Iranian Tells His Story in One-Man Show

“Operation: Immigration” delves into identity in a story about the son of an Iranian-born Jew, streamed by Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
Avi Aharoni, who writes and stars in "Operation: Immigration"
Avi Aharoni, who writes and stars in “Operation: Immigration”

Photo by Sarah Whiting

When Operation: Immigration premiered at the 2019 Minnesotan Fringe Festival, the story of a young Minnesotan seeking information about his late father won a Golden Lanyard Award.

Written and performed by Avi Aharoni, a regular in the Twin Cities theater circuit, the one-man show has been updated since then, and now it’s slated for an online run, October 17-25, as the second show in the 2020-2021 season of the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC).

“It’s a story about an Iranian-born Jew who was an immigrant, twice—first to Israel and then to America, and specifically to Minnesota,” a press release states. “It’s a story about family, old traditions, hard work, assimilation, and personal identity.”

After Aharoni spent many years traveling and living abroad, writing, producing, and starring in this show has been “the toughest, scariest theatrical experience of his career,” according to a biography on the MJTC website. Aharoni has previously performed with the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Dark & Stormy Productions, Theater Latte Da, and Pillsbury House Theatre. His past MJTC work includes Natasha and the Coat and Shul.

Performance times and tickets—$10 for season subscribers, $15 for individual tickets—can be found at, viewable via a YouTube link.