2012-2013 Guthrie Theater Season


by Christopher Hampton
directed by Ethan McSweeny
September 15 – October 27, 2012
Wurtele Thrust Stage

Lights! Camera! Aktion! Where did German writers and other artists go when they escaped the rise of the Third Reich? To Hollywood, of course. Hampton mines the oddness of German intellectuals in Tinseltown for both humor and humanity. Featuring theater pioneer Bertolt Brecht and novelists Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Tales from Hollywood is narrated by Ödön von Horváth, a real-life Eastern European playwright. Horváth (who in reality died before the events of the play when he was hit on the head by a tree branch in Paris) is our guide through the story - of writers who barely speak English being asked to write a sequel to Bedtime for Bonzo, of émigrés struggling with their new home and all that infernal California sunshine, of exiles trying to forget old demons and reconcile choices they've made in the past. Featuring a large ensemble cast, Tales from Hollywood is Hampton's favorite play and often considered his best. Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy.


World Premiere
by Christopher Hampton
directed by David Esbjornson
September 29 – November 11, 2012
McGuire Proscenium Stage

April 1865. Ulysses S. Grant, general of the armies of the United States, meets Robert E. Lee, general of the confederate forces, at Appomattox Court House to sign the treaty that will end the bloodiest war in U.S. history. The days preceding the signing are depicted through the eyes of President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary, of Julia Grant and Mary Custis Lee and of others who were on the front lines of history. Will this be the healing act needed to bring a divided country back together? February 1965. St. James Baptist Church deacon Jimmie Lee Jackson is shot by an Alabama state trooper during a peaceful protest for civil rights. The incident provides the spark for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s protest march from Selma to Montgomery and for Lyndon Johnson to galvanize his political influence to push the Voting Rights Act through Congress. Separated by 100 years and 600 miles, the play's events are linked by issues at the core of the American soul: freedom, rights, race and a stubborn belief in and hope for a brighter future.


by Charles Dickens
adapted by Crispin Whittell
directed by Joe Chvala
November 13 – December 29, 2012
Wurtele Thrust Stage

The Guthrie’s perennial holiday favorite, which received a new adaptation by Crispin Whittell in 2010, continues the Theater’s holiday tradition for the 38th year, telling the story of an old miser who learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve. J.C. Cutler returns for a second consecutive year in his acclaimed performance as Ebenezer Scrooge.


by Carlo Goldoni
adapted by Constance Congdon
from a translation by Christina Sibul
directed by Christopher Bayes
December 1, 2012 – January 20, 2013
McGuire Proscenium Stage

Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte masterpiece is a physical comedy, full of mistaken identities and broken engagements, centering around the wily Truffaldino (the title role, played by Steven Epp) and his schemes to fill his pockets and his stomach. The Washington Post called the 2010 production of The Servant of Two Masters at Yale Repertory Theatre starring Epp and directed by Bayes “as delightful and delicious a farce as you’re likely to see.”


by Eugene O’Neill
directed by Joe Dowling
January 12 – February 23, 2013
Wurtele Thrust Stage

The Guthrie subscription season continues on the thrust in 2013 with the first-ever Guthrie production of Eugene O’Neill’s American classic Long Day’s Journey into Night, directed by Joe Dowling and featuring actors Helen Carey and Peter Michael Goetz. O’Neill’s shattering story of a single night in the home of the Tyrone family, riven with betrayal, accusation, addiction and delusion will reunite Carey, Dowling and Goetz after lauded productions of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons in 2002 and Death of a Salesman in 2004. Of Carey’s performance as Mary Cavan Tyrone in the current Arena Stage production of the play, Peter Marks of the Washington Post wrote, “Degree by furtive degree, Carey provides as meticulously detailed a portrait of this anguishing character as I’ve ever encountered.” Added the Washingtonian, “Goetz brings a comical brio and a mildness to the senior Tyrone, playing him not as a villain but as a selfish man who sees his own flaws.”


by Jon Robin Baitz
directed by Peter Rothstein
February 9 – March 24, 2013
McGuire Proscenium Stage

Best Play nominee, 2012 Tony Awards 

A woman returns home to Palm Springs after six years away to celebrate Christmas with her parents, brother and aunt. When she announces that she is going to publish a memoir, a tragic and crucial event in the family’s history comes to the fore, crossing a line of incendiary defiance. Other Desert Cities asks the question: Can you ever really go home?


The Guthrie WorldStage Series presents
Propeller’s productions of
by William Shakespeare
directed by Edward Hall
in repertory February 27 – April 6, 2013
Wurtele Thrust Stage

Britain’s all-male Propeller company stages Shakespeare with its trademark wit, muscularity and vitality; termed “thrillingly fresh” and “sharp, contemporary and urgent” in the British press, Propeller will perform Shakespeare’s two comedies of mistaken identities, transformations and deception in repertory.


World Premiere
by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins
based on the poetry of Louis Jenkins
directed by Mark Rylance with Claire van Kampen
April 6 – May 18, 2013
McGuire Proscenium Stage

Two men have gone ice fishing on the last day of the season; the ice is melting and the DNR is watching. They are hoping for something essential, immortal, something down there that is pure need, when a construction worker roars across the ice on his snowmobile, spear, dynamite and fancy dress in hand. And the last blizzard of the season is about to begin.


World Premiere
by Crispin Whittell
based upon the novel Home of the Gentry by Ivan Turgenev
directed by Roger Rees, 2012 Tony nominee for Best Direction of a Play
April 27 – June 15, 2013
Wurtele Thrust Stage

Theodore has come home! After years in Paris, he's relieved to return to his Russian estate, despite the sullen greeting of his servant and the behavior of his silly cousin Maria. Yet he's captivated by Maria's daughter Liza, a sensible girl wise beyond her years. But where is Theodore's adored wife - and are the rumors about his infidelity true? As others pursue love and move their lives forward, Theodore's hope for happy future clashes with a past that refuses to be entirely left behind. The Primrose Path's bright humor and eclectic characters capture a moving snapshot of Russian life on the cusp of change. Former artistic director of the renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Olivier and Tony award-winning actor Roger Rees -- best known for his roles on "Cheers" and "The West Wing" -- directs this world premiere.


by Bruce Norris 
directed by Lisa Peterson
June 1 – August 4, 2013
McGuire Proscenium Stage

Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play

The winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Bruce Norris’ play deals with generations of race and class in a response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, with the action taking place across a span of a half-century amid the changing fortunes and residents of a neighborhood in Chicago.


by Jane Austen
directed by Joe Dowling
July 6 – August 31, 2013
Wurtele Thrust Stage

In Jane Austen's beloved story of Elizabeth Bennet, her sister Jane, Mr. Bingley and, of course, Mr. Darcy, marriage is in the air -- and on the minds of the five Bennet daughters, who are in need of suitable husbands. With the news that nearby Netherfield Park has been leased by wealthy young Mr. Bingley, the matrimonial matchmaking begins with a flourish in the Bennet household and throughout their country neighborhood. A tangle of mistaken impressions and unexpected revelations keeps Austen’s most famous young couple apart until a major social error by the youngest Bennet daughter ironically allows Darcy to swallow his pride and Elizabeth to rethink her prejudice.


*not a part of the subscription series


The Acting Company in association with
the Guthrie Theater presents

by William Shakespeare
directed by Dan Rothenberg
January 12 - February 3, 2013

In Shakespeare's comedy, young people in love flee into the Forest of Arden and find themselves in a game of romance, lust and mistaken identity.


The Guthrie Theater presents
a Pillsbury House Theatre production of

by Tracey Scott Wilson
directed by Marion McClinton
February 8 - March 3, 2013

Tracey Scott Wilson's charged contemporary drama explores race in America through the prism of three young people living together in a neighborhood in the process of gentrification.


The Guthrie Theater presents
a Mu Performing Arts production of

by R.A. Shiomi
directed by Rick Shoimi
March 8 - 24, 2013

This comedic mystery takes place in the Japanese community of Vancouver and tells the story of a private investigator ensnared in a web of politics and race while searching for the mysterious Cherry Blossom Queen.


adapted from Homer by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare
translated by Robert Fagles
directed by Benjamin McGovern
May 4 - 26, 2013

This one-performer interpretation of the classical story by Homer about war and bravery features Guthrie veteran Stephen Yoakam. 


Subscribe to the 2012-2013 Season

New season subscriptions range in price from $70 to $625 and are on sale now.

Single tickets for Tales from Hollywood and Appomattox are on sale now. Single tickets for A Christmas Carol go on sale September 4. Single tickets for all other shows on the Wurtele Thrust and McGuire Proscenium stages go on sale August 10. Prices for these shows range from $24 to $85. Single tickets for productions in the Dowling Studio range from $24 to $40 and go on sale August 10.

Group tickets for all shows are on sale now.

For more information, call the Guthrie Box Office 612.377.2224 or 1.877.44.STAGE (toll-free).