Inspired by the McCarthy-era Communist witch hunts, Miller’s masterpiece of good and evil is being revisited at the Guthrie for the first time in four decades. Under the keen direction of Joe Dowling, whose productions of Miller’s All My Sons and Death of a Salesman are raved about to this day, this stirring production features an impressive cast of more than 20 actors.
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 education 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.
adapted by Christopher Sergel
based upon the novel by Harper Lee
directed by John Miller-Stephany
Set in the Deep South, this timeless story based on Harper Lee’s beloved Pulitzer Prize winning novel is told through the eyes of six-year-old Scout, the feisty daughter of lawyer Atticus Finch. As a tug of war between justice and racism envelopes the community, Atticus and his family face violence and hatred with courage and compassion.
The Guthrie WorldStage Series presents
an Actors Touring Company production of
by David Greig
directed by Ramin Gray
music composed and arranged
by John Browne
A response to the 2011 Norway attacks,
this internationally acclaimed production delves into faith, politics
and reason, and features music sung by a different community choir at
each performance. The Events is a daring theatrical event that
explores our desire to fathom the unfathomable and asks how far
forgiveness will stretch in the face of atrocity.
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Crispin Whittell
directed by Joe Chvala
The perennial favorite that received a new adaptation by Crispin
Whittell in 2010 continues our holiday tradition for the 41st year. Joe
Chvala will direct the production for a fourth consecutive year.
The Guthrie Theater in association
with Oregon Shakespeare Festival and
The Folger Theatre presents
by William Shakespeare
directed by Joseph Haj
Incoming Artistic Director Joseph Haj makes his directorial debut at the
Guthrie with his celebrated take on Shakespeare’s romance. Pericles sets out to woo a princess and sails headlong into
harrowing adventure. Pursued by an evil king, Pericles is blown from
port to exotic port. Along the way, he finds the love of his life, then
loses her and their infant daughter in a storm-tossed sea. In true
storybook fashion, miracles reunite the lost with those who love them,
bringing joy and safe harbor at last.
The Guthrie Theater in association with
Shakespeare Theatre Company presents
The Real Inspector Hound
by Tom Stoppard
by Richard Brinsley sheridan
adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
directed by Michael Kahn
Experience a rollicking madcap night of life in the theater with two
one-act comedies directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Kahn. From local
comic mastermind/adaptor Jeffrey Hatcher comes The Critic,
a whirlwind comedy about bad theater, worse playwrights and – worst of
all – critics. Over-the-top antics continue with Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound,
an ingenious play-within-a-play in which two critics find themselves as
unsuspecting suspects while watching a classic whodunit.
Elwood P. Dowd is charming, lovable and kind with just one catch: his
best friend is a six-foot-tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Harvey is a delightfully eccentric comedy for the whole family.
It is 1957 in New York and rehearsals have begun for a racially
integrated production, one the company hopes will be the next hit. But
when prejudices and stereotypes emerge, African American actress Wiletta
Mayer faces a difficult decision: should she swallow her pride and
compromise her values to achieve her lifelong dream of playing a leading
role on Broadway.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's
music by Richard Rodgers
lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
book by Oscar Hammerstein II
and Joshua Logan
adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
directed by Joseph Haj
One of the most celebrated and lauded musicals in American theater, this
Rodgers and Hammerstein classic contains a treasure trove of memorable
songs from “Bali Hai” to “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame” to “Some
A 2015 Tony
Award nominee for Best Play and winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, this
90-minute one-act has been described as a “blistering social drama about
racial prejudices” (Variety) and a “combustible powder keg of identity politics” (Bloomberg). Don’t miss this conversation-starter from one of the most promising playwrights in theater today.