The Music Man»

The Music Man
June 20 - August 30, 2015
Wurtele Thrust Stage

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.

Stage Kiss»

Stage Kiss
July 18 - August 30, 2015
McGuire Proscenium Stage
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.

Concrete Orange: An American Fable»

Concrete Orange: An American Fable
July 29 - August 02, 2015
Dowling Studio
Clementine, a little girl growing up in the concrete jungle of an American city and desperate to feed her family, goes on an epic journey to find a life-giving magical orange. Along the way she encounters a host of characters coping with issues such as racism, immigration, poverty, and natural disaster.

To Kill a Mockingbird»

September 12 - October 18, 2015
Wurtele Thrust Stage
Set in the Deep South, this timeless story based on Harper Lee’s beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is told through the eyes of Scout, the feisty young daughter of lawyer Atticus Finch. As a tug-of-war between justice and racism envelops the community, Atticus and his family face violence and hatred with courage and compassion.

The Genealogy of Happenstance »

September 17 - September 20, 2015
Dowling Studio
With this solo piece that debuted at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival, Lingo wrestles with what it means to be ensconced in the journey to conceive a child when she herself will only be connected by the genealogy of happenstance. Sometimes, making a baby takes more than just the birds and the bees.


September 24 - September 27, 2015
Dowling Studio
This original piece examines the underbelly of beauty as Cage seamlessly inhabits multiple characters. U/G/L/Y features Cage, a celebrated local theater artist activist, as she channels elements of breath, clown, movement and video in this 80-minute highly energetic and emotional, yet humorous journey.

The Events»

September 30 - November 01, 2015
McGuire Proscenium Stage
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.

A Christmas Carol»

November 12 - December 27, 2015
Wurtele Thrust Stage
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 Cocoanuts»

November 14, 2015 - January 03, 2016
McGuire Proscenium Stage
The service stinks but the gags are four-star in this Marx Brothers romp, a jazz-age musical with songs by Irving Berlin. This deliciously silly musical is perfect holiday entertainment.

7th House Theater»

December 20, 2015 - January 03, 2016
Dowling Studio
Set in Vienna on the eve of revolution, an audience gathers to hear a new performance by the era’s most influential composer. As unrest grows outside the concert hall, private passions and personal agendas collide within, fueled by the power of a virtuosic performance.


January 16 - February 21, 2016
Wurtele Thrust Stage
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.

You for Me for You»

February 19 - March 06, 2016
Dowling Studio
In the closed world of North Korea, Yuna’s sister Minjee is desperately sick. To save her, Yuna pays a Smuggler to help them flee North Korea - but Minjee is too sick to make it across the border. Instructed by the Smuggler, Yuna races across time and space to New York, committed to returning for Minjee. Yet the free world is seductive and confounding: life suddenly offers Yuna a distracting bounty of choice, and time moves much faster than in North Korea.

The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound»

February 23 - March 27, 2016
McGuire Proscenium Stage
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.


April 09 - May 15, 2016
Wurtele Thrust Stage
Elwood P. Dowd is charming, lovable and kind with just one catch: his best friend is a 6-foot-tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Harvey is a delightfully eccentric comedy for the whole family.

Telling: Minnesota 2016»

April 29 - May 01, 2016
Dowling Studio
Telling: Minnesota 2016 will be an opportunity for area military veterans to speak, and their fellow citizens to listen. These free, live performances are a forum for necessary person-to-person conversations, deepening our community’s connection to our military and military families, to each other, and through these ties, to and our nation, and our world.

Trouble in Mind»

May 07 - June 05, 2016
McGuire Proscenium Stage
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.

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha »

May 13 - May 22, 2016
Dowling Studio
Enter a world ruled by fevered delusions and far-flung imagination, where a windmill transforms into a giant and a filthy innkeeper is a king. Theater gives audience and actor alike the power to collectively create an entire world of illusion. Join us for the story of a man who can no longer leave that beautifully imagined world, even after the curtain has come crashing down.

Steven Mackey: Orpheus Unsung»

June 16 - June 18, 2016
Dowling Studio
This world premiere production will feature Sō Percussion’s Jason Treuting and musicians of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A volatile combination of music, kaleidoscopic cinematic imagery and dance shape the narrative engine of Orpheus Unsung, an opera without words composed by Grammy-Award winning composer Steven Mackey in collaboration with percussionist/composer Jason Treuting.

South Pacific»

June 18 - August 28, 2016
Wurtele Thrust Stage
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 Enchanted Evening.”


July 16 - August 28, 2016
McGuire Proscenium Stage
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.