The Guthrie Theater (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) announced today that five new members have been elected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors, currently chaired by Y. Marc Belton. The theater proudly welcomes Susan Allen, John Knapp, Antone Melton-Meaux, Karin Nelsen and Jamie Wilson, who will each serve a three-year term from September 1, 2016 through December 2019. With the addition of these members, the Board of Directors is made up of 64 respected individuals who are interested in the arts and the cultural and economic strength of the Twin Cities. The Board provides direction and oversight to maximize the theater’s ability to achieve its mission.
The Guthrie Theater (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) announced casting for its production of The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders. This acclaimed ensemble piece, written by Mike Wiley and directed by Patricia McGregor, features Guthrie favorites alongside six actors making their Guthrie debuts. Performances run October 1 – November 6, 2016 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.
The Guthrie Theater (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) today announced that it will present acclaimed monologist Mike Daisey in The Trump Card, directed by Isaac Butler, on Friday, September 9 & Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dowling Studio. One of the finest solo performers of his generation, Daisey explores the theatrics of Donald J. Trump and how he rose to his current standing in the Presidential race. Each performance will be followed by a discussion with the audience, inviting community members to explore their own beliefs, personally and politically.
The Guthrie Theater (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) today announced casting for its production of Sense and Sensibility, adapted by Kate Hamill and based on Jane Austen’s treasured novel about sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood. Under the direction of Jungle Theater Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen, in her Guthrie directorial debut, Sense and Sensibility will play September 10 – October 29, 2016 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.
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.