2017-2018 Season



Live on the edge of your seat.

We’ve chosen nine awe-inspiring stories that we can’t wait to share with you. Join us to open your heart and engage your mind.


Romeo and Juliet 

by William Shakespeare
directed by Joseph Haj

A timeless tale of star-crossed lovers 
September 9 – October 28, 2017
Wurtele Thrust Stage 

It’s a story so well-known it scarcely needs an introduction, yet surprisingly the Guthrie has produced it just twice before. Set in Verona, where the rival houses of Capulet and Montague have had a long-standing feud, Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of star-crossed lovers, filled with all the passion of young love. Underscored by ingenious wit and astonishing beauty, the play pits the bitterness of resentment against the intensity of romance. 


Watch on the Rhine 

by Lillian Hellman
directed by Lisa Peterson

A classic political thriller 
September 30 – November 5, 2017
McGuire Proscenium Stage  

Set in 1940, Fanny Farrelly is expecting the arrival of her daughter Sara, Sara’s German husband Kurt, and their children who have fled Europe due to Kurt’s role in the anti-Nazi resistance movement. When a Romanian houseguest who is a Nazi supporter discovers Kurt’s identity, he threatens to expose him. Published in 1941 by Lillian Hellman, a brilliant activist who was ahead of her time, Watch on the Rhine is a timely examination of moral obligation, sacrifice and what it means to be American.


Blithe Spirit 

by Noël Coward
directed by David Ivers

A high-spirited farce
November 25, 2017 – January 14, 2018
McGuire Proscenium Stage

It’s summertime in Kent, and Charles Condomine is working on his latest novel, The Unseen. As part of his research he and his wife Ruth host a séance with an eccentric medium known as Madame Arcati and invite their friends to play along. But the evening takes a supernatural turn when Arcati conjures Charles’ deceased first wife, who doesn’t have plans to leave. Lighthearted and endearing, this otherworldly classic is sure to tickle your goosebumps.



by Paula Vogel
conceived by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman

A theatrical play with music
February 17 – March 24, 2018
Wurtele Thrust Stage  

Inspired by the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance – a play that follows a Jewish brothel owner and the lesbian romance between his 17-year-old daughter and a prostitute – Indecent charts the journey of a drama upheld as a groundbreaking piece of Jewish literature by some, and an act of obscenity by others. An ensemble of eight plays music as well as nearly 40 roles to shed light on one of the most fascinating scandals in theater history. 



by Danai Gurira
directed by Taibi Magar

A boisterous family drama 
March 10 – April 14, 2018
McGuire Proscenium Stage

There’s something old, something new and something borrowed in this feisty, heart-warming play about a Zimbabwean-American family preparing for their daughter Tendi’s wedding. Marvelous and Donald have built their American dream in Minnesota, so when Tendi requests a traditional African blessing before marrying her white fiancé from Minnetonka and a surprise guest drops a bombshell, the rehearsal dinner can’t come soon enough. Family fireworks are interwoven with questions of cultural identity in this acclaimed play.


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 

by Todd Kreidler
based on the screenplay Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner by William Rose 
directed by Timothy Bond

A thought-provoking comedy of manners
April 7 – May 27, 2018
Wurtele Thrust Stage   

Matt and Christina Drayton are a progressive couple living in San Francisco. It is 1967 when their daughter Joanna arrives home unexpectedly with Dr. John Prentice, an African American doctor 14 years her senior. They’re in love and they want the Draytons’ blessing for their marriage – today. The Draytons have prided themselves on their liberal-mindedness, but now they are forced to put their values to the test. Based on the iconic film, this classic is a witty and insightful reflection on two families confronted by their prejudices.


An Enemy of the People 

based on the play by Henrik Ibsen 
by Kia Corthron
directed by Lyndsey Turner

A high-intensity drama
April 28 – June 3, 2018
McGuire Proscenium Stage

A world premiere adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s play, An Enemy of the People follows Dr. Stockmann who aims to expose dangerous water pollution in a Norwegian spa town’s public baths. At first he’s seen as a hero, but gradually the whistleblower comes under fire for publicizing a problem that could destroy the town’s economy and reputation. With ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, this high-intensity drama reveals the dangers a single person may face in a quest for truth. 


West Side Story  

based on a conception by Jerome Robbins
book by Arthur Laurents
music by Leonard Bernstein
lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
directed by Joseph Haj 

An iconic American musical
June 16 – August 26, 2018
Wurtele Thrust Stage 

It's 1957 and two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, are prowling the streets of Manhattan's West Side. When Tony falls for Maria, the sister of a rival gang member, a rumble is planned. Like Romeo and Juliet they're caught in an ages-long feud with no escape, even as they pledge their love for each other. Through the genius of Bernstein and Sondheim, incomparable hits like "Maria," "Tonight," "Cool" and "I Feel Pretty" are merged with the greatest love story ever told in this larger-than-life musical. 


The Legend of Georgia McBride 

by Matthew Lopez
directed by Jeffrey Meanza

A feel-good music-filled comedy
July 14 – August 26, 2018
McGuire Proscenium Stage 

As an Elvis impersonator at Cleo’s bar, Casey had everything going for him, including a new sequin jumpsuit. But just like that he loses his gig, rent is overdue, and his wife announces there’s a baby on the way. So when Elvis leaves the building and a drag show moves in, all hands are on deck for Casey’s transformation. He always knew he’d be a star – but not quite like this. With snappy zingers and show-stopping numbers, you won’t want to miss this wildly entertaining show.


New season subscriptions start at $90 and go on sale May 19, 2017.

Single ticket prices for all mainstage shows, excluding A Christmas Carol, range from $15 to $92; A Christmas Carol ranges from $15 to $137. Discounts are available for students, seniors and children.

Single ticket on sale dates:
July 17, 2017: Romeo and Juliet, Watch on the Rhine, Blithe Spirit
September 5, 2017: A Christmas Carol
November 1, 2017: Indecent, Familiar, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, An Enemy of the People
February 15, 2018: West Side Story, The Legend of Georgia McBride 

For more information or to purchase tickets or season subscriptions, call the Season Ticket Office at 612.225.6238 or toll-free 1.877.997.3276.