Play Guides offer students and theatergoers a deeper understanding of Guthrie productions by providing commentaries about the playwright, the play's cultural and historical context and its literary significance, as well as additional sources and questions for classroom use.

Play Guides for each season will be posted as they are available. If you are looking for a Play Guide from a past season not listed below, contact our librarian at 612.225.6117.

Play guides are made possible by Best Buy Foundation

2014-2015 Season»

The Play Guides for The White Snake, The Heidi Chronicles, A Steady Rain, A Christmas Carol, The Cocktail Hour, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Mr. Burns a post-electric play and The Crucible and the Intro Guide to Stage Kiss are currently available. We also have a special edition program for young audiences for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Play Guides for the remaining plays of the 2014-2015 Season will be posted as soon as they are available.

Creating the World on Stage»

Weeks and sometimes months of preparation are needed to get a Guthrie production to the stage. These essays written during the 2014-2015 season give a glimpse backstage, where our in-house production team makes that magic happen.

2013-2014 Season»

Born Yesterday | A Christmas Carol | Crimes of the Heart | Hamlet/Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead | An Iliad | My Fair Lady | Othello | Tribes | Uncle Vanya | Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

2012-2013 Season»

Appomattox | As You Like It | A Christmas Carol | Clybourne Park | Embers | Long Day's Journey into Night | Nice Fish | Other Desert Cities | Pride and Prejudice | The Primrose Path | The Servant of Two Masters | Tales from Hollywood | The Taming of the Shrew | Twelfth Night

2011-2012 Season»

The Birds | The Burial at Thebes | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof | Charley's Aunt | A Christmas Carol | The Edge of Our Bodies | End of the Rainbow | Hay Fever | Julius Caesar | Much Ado About Nothing | Roman Holiday | The Sunshine Boys | Time Stands Still

2010-2011 Season»

The 39 Steps | Arms and the Man | Arsenic and Old Lace | A Christmas Carol | The Comedy of Errors | God of Carnage | The Great Game: Afghanistan | H.M.S. Pinafore | The Master Butchers Singing Club | Romeo and Juliet | The Winter's Tale

2009-2010 Season»

Brief Encounter | A Christmas Carol | Dollhouse | Ella | Faith Healer | The Importance of Being Earnest | Macbeth | M. Butterfly | Romeo and Juliet | The Scottsboro Boys | A Streetcar Named Desire

2008-2009 Season»

The Caretaker | Caroline, or Change | A Christmas Carol | A Delicate Balance | Happy Days | Henry V | The Intelligent Homosexual ... | Little House on the Prairie | Shadowlands | The Two Gentlemen of Verona | A View from the Bridge | When We Are Married

2007-2008 Season»

9 Parts of Desire | After a Hundred Years | A Christmas Carol | The Government Inspector | The Home Place | Jane Eyre | A Midsummer Night's Dream | Peer Gynt | Pen | Private Lives | The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde | Third

2006-2007 Season»

1776 | Boats on a River | A Christmas Carol | Edgardo Mine | The Falls | The Glass Menagerie | The Great Gatsby | Lost in Yonkers | Major Barbara | The Merchant of Venice | The Real Thing

2005-2006 Season»

A Christmas Carol | The Constant Wife | Freezing Paradise | Hamlet | His Girl Friday | Intimate Apparel | The People's Temple |

2004-2005 Season»

As You Like It | A Body of Water | A  Christmas Carol | Death of a Salesman | Freezing Paradise | Lady with the Lapdog | Oedipus | Pericles | Pygmalion | She Loves Me | The Sex Habits of American Women

2003-2004 Season»

Blue/Orange | Boston Marriage | A Christmas Carol | Crowns | Nickel and Dimed | The Night of the Iguana | Othello | The Pirates of Penzance | Pride and Prejudice | Romeo and Juliet

2002-2003 Season»

The Chairs | A Christmas Carol | The Comedy of Errors | Good Boys | Mrs. Warren's Profession | Resurrection Blues | Six Degrees of Separation | The Stuff of Dreams | Three Sisters | Top Girls | Wintertime

2001-2002 Season»

Ah, Wilderness! | All My Sons | Amadeus | Antony and Cleopatra | The Canterbury Tales | The Carpetbagger's Children | Da | Merrily We Roll Along | Thief River

2000-2001 Season»

Hamlet | Hedda Gabler | The Invention of Love | Molly Sweeney | Once in a Lifetime | To Fool the Eye | Twelfth Night | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?