book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
music by Frederick Loewe
adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play
and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion
by George Bernard Shaw
directed by Joe Dowling
You know the story, the songs and the characters, now see them come to life for the first time in Guthrie history. Professor Henry Higgins loves language. Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle yearns to speak like a lady. Sparks fly when his curiosity and her determination launch a daring social experiment designed to turn a lower-class ugly duckling into a high-society swan – with unexpected results for both of them.
In this hilarious comedy of ill manners, the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia are living a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star. Just as their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy toy Spike in tow – and so begins an unforgettable weekend building to a fever pitch of rivalry, regret and racket.
written and directed by Mary Zimmerman
based on the classic Chinese fable
Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman brings an ancient and beloved Chinese fable to life in a dazzling new adaptation hailed as “strikingly beautiful” by National Public Radio. Based on a story as popular as Cinderella, The White Snake chronicles the tale of a gentle serpent spirit who lives for centuries coiled on a mountaintop.
Witty, insightful and poignant, The Heidi Chronicles traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland from high school in the radical ʼ60s to her career as an art historian in the heartless ʼ80s. As Heidi determines her place in society and how to juggle success and failures in work, friendship, romance and motherhood, The Heidi Chronicles asks the ever-present question: Can women have it all?
The Guthrie Theater presents
an Odyssey Theatre Ensemble production of A Steady Rain
by Keith Huff
directed by Jeff Perry
Joey and Denny have been best friends since kindergarten, and after
working together for several years as policemen in Chicago, they are
practically family: Joey helps out with Denny's wife and kids; Denny
keeps Joey away from the bottle. But when a domestic disturbance call
takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the line. The
result is a harrowing journey into a moral gray area where trust and
loyalty struggle for survival against a sobering backdrop.
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Crispin Whittell
directed by Joe Chvala
This year marks the 40th annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol,
the perennial favorite that received a new adaptation by Crispin
Whittell in 2010 and continues the Guthrie’s holiday tradition for
families across the region. Now is the time to experience this cherished
production with your loved ones!
When your family is in town for the holidays, we’ve got the perfect way to toast the season! With delightfully witty wordplay, A.R. Gurney’s The Cocktail Hour is a heartfelt comedy of manners that pits artistic pursuit against family loyalty.
by William Shakespeare
directed by Joe Dowling and David Bolger
Dowling and director/choreographer David Bolger (H.M.S. Pinafore, Swimming with My Mother) will direct the beloved play on our signature thrust, interpreting its four cleverly woven stories in a moonlit forest on a midsummer night like you’ve never seen before. Don’t miss this joyously immersive experience suitable for theatergoers 9 to 90.
The Acting Company in association with
the Guthrie Theater presents A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
from the novel by Mark Twain
directed by Ian Belknap
Wander with Mark Twain as he time travels from the 19th century to 6th-century England through the eyes of Hank Morgan of Hartford, Connecticut. Adapted by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by The Acting Company Artistic Director Ian Belknap, this clever satirical romp is a must-see.
The Guthrie Theater in a co-production
with American Conservatory Theater presents Mr. Burns, a post-electric play
by Anne Washburn
score by Michael Friedman
lyrics by Anne Washburn
directed by Mark Rucker
What will endure when the apocalypse arrives? Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy begins immediately after the fall of civilization with a group of people trying to recreate the iconic “Cape Feare” episode of “The Simpsons.” Seven years later, the same clan is recounting episodes of the show professionally. Flash forward 75 years, and the story is told in an entirely different way.
For the first time in four decades, Arthur Miller’s masterpiece of good and evil will be revisited at the Guthrie. It’s 1692 and a dark magic possesses Salem. The God-fearing citizens are on their guard and no one is beyond suspicion. With powerful notions of faith and uncertainty, and truth and deception – burning as feverishly today as the day it was written – this Tony Award-winning masterpiece of the American canon is a must-see.
One of the great plays of the 20th century, Juno and the Paycock is an epic tale of one family’s survival in Dublin following the Irish Civil War. Jack Boyle, known to his neighbors as the “paycock,” is out of work and determined to stay that way. He and his sidekick Joxer spend their time drinking and playing cards while Juno, the matriarch, attempts to keep their family together. When the family learns of an inheritance from a distant relative, the money is spent before it even arrives. But will they transcend the events that conspire to keep them in their place?
by Tarell Alvin McCraney
directed by Peter Rothstein
The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of
strong, ethical black men. Pharus is confident and charismatic, and he
wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the
school’s legendary gospel choir. But his differences lead classmates to
lash out with slurs tinged with more than a little jealousy. Can he find
his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in
his own key
book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson
story by Meredith Willson
and Franklin Lacey
directed by John Miller-Stephany
Summer isn’t complete without seeing a
spectacular musical at the Guthrie. You know the story about the fast-talking
salesman and his money-making scheme to form a boys band in small-town Iowa. But you’ve never seen it here and there’s no better
time than the present to experience this all-American gem.
Does art imitate life? Or does life imitate art? When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Make a date night for one of the hottest new plays to hit the stage.