The Guthrie Theater (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) today announced that in light of recent local and national events it will invite the community into a conversation about racism by offering free performances of Carlyle Brown’s powerful solo project, Acting Black on August 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dowling Studio. Part performance, part stand-up, and part TED Talk, Acting Black is a 60-minute piece that illuminates the roots of American racism and its consequences for everyone. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the audience, inviting citizens to wrestle with important questions and dissect their own beliefs.
The Guthrie Theater today announced it will present the regional premiere of Battlefield, a groundbreaking new play based on the ancient Mahabharata and the 1985 play by Jean-Claude Carrière, and adapted and directed by British theater titan Peter Brook and collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne. Part of an exclusive international tour, the production will run on the McGuire Proscenium Stage as part of the Guthrie’s respected WorldStage Series for 12 performances only.
The Guthrie Theater today announced casting for its production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener and directed by Joseph Haj. Described as one of the greatest musicals of the 20th century, this production soars onto the Wurtele Thrust Stage for the first time in Guthrie history. South Pacific will play June 18 – August 28, 2016. Single tickets start at $39 ($15 for select previews), and are now on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at www.guthrietheater.org.
The Guthrie Theater today announced details and dates of the 2016-2017 Dowling Studio presentations on Level Nine, including new work by returning local companies as well as first-time local partnerships. All tickets for productions in the Dowling Studio are $9, and go on sale July 20, 2016. To purchase tickets, call the Guthrie Theater Box Office 612.377.2224 or toll-free 877.44.STAGE and online at www.guthrietheater.org.
The Guthrie Theater (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) today announced casting for Trouble in Mind, a witty comedy about American culture, race and self-determination. Under the direction of Valerie Curtis-Newton, and written by pioneering African American playwright Alice Childress, Trouble in Mind will play May 7 – June 5, 2016 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage. Single tickets start at $34 ($15 for previews), and are on sale now through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at www.guthrietheater.org.
On Friday, June 24, the Guthrie will host the Bali Ha’i Ball, a fundraiser for the theater’s artistic and educational programming, on the opening night of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, directed by Artistic Director Joseph Haj. Tickets, which start at just $25 for a post-performance dessert reception and after-party, are now on sale by calling 612.225.6160, e-mailing RSVP@guthriehteater.org, or at www.guthrietheater.org.
The Guthrie Theater today announced it has been awarded a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to underwrite a groundbreaking initiative for the theater’s entire ninth floor, home to the 200-seat Dowling Studio, the Citizens of Minnesota Overlook – a signature feature of the lobby known as the “amber box” – and a unique retractable wall that unifies the performance space with its lobby. The six-pronged initiative, conceptualized by Artistic Director Joseph Haj, emphasizes the creation of a theater that wrestles with urgent questions and inspires dynamic dialogue with its audience, expands the diversity of voices, visions and styles on its stages, and engages community members currently underserved by its work.
The Guthrie Theater today announced the return of The Telling Project and its presentation of Telling: Minnesota 2016, co-directed by Telling Project Founder and Executive Director Jonathan Wei and Co-Founder Max Rayneard. Aimed at prompting the community’s discussion and recognition of the realities of military service, Telling: Minnesota 2016 will be presented Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1, 2016 in the Dowling Studio. Tickets are free and may be reserved through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, online at www.guthrietheater.org, and in person at the Guthrie Box Office.
The Guthrie Theater welcomes Four Humors back to the Dowling Studio to present The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, conceived and created by the company and directed by Jason Ballweber. Known for its honest, hilarious and critical takes on celebrated texts, Four Humors rounds out a trilogy of literary adaptations, including Candide and Lolita, with this regional premiere inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ famous novel. The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha begins May 13 and runs through May 22, 2016.
The Guthrie Theater (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) today announced casting for its production of Harvey, the 1944 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase. Under the direction of Libby Appel, who directed The Magic Fire in the Guthrie’s 1998-1999 season, Harvey will play April 9 through May 15, 2016 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.