After years of ruling Britain in
peace, a respected King Lear decides to relinquish his crown and
divide his kingdom among his three daughters. But when their love and
loyalty falter, so does Lear’s sanity. King Lear is a gripping portrait
of fathers, daughters and a once mighty ruler thwarted by his own hubris
and betrayed by a vanishing mind.
The senior class of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program takes the stage in The American Clock, Arthur Miller’s brilliantly theatrical, kaleidoscopic study of the Great Depression in its early years.
The Bluest Eye
adapted by Lydia R. Diamond
directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
Based on Toni Morrison’s first novel, The Bluest Eye is a
heartrending coming-of-age story about a young black girl in 1940s Ohio.
Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved, but she’s only
met with ridicule and abuse. Confronting turmoil at home, she prays for
Shirley Temple’s blue eyes, believing their beauty is the only thing
standing between her and the happiness of the white girls at school.
The Guthrie Theater presents
a Mu Performing Arts production of
Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery
by Lloyd Suh
The New York Times called the play a "metatheatrical polemic
about the way Asian-Americans have been characterized and caricatured in
popular culture.” This year marks Mu’s 25th Anniversary Season, and the
Guthrie is thrilled to welcome them back to the Studio with this
an original idea developed by the Moving Company
directed by Dominique Serrand
From the internationally renowned ensemble the Moving Company (core members of the former Theatre de la Jeune Lune), comes Refugia,
a riveting investigation of the lives of those who find themselves
navigating life’s margins at the crossroads of transition.
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
book by James Lapine
directed by Joseph Haj
Inspired by Georges Seurat’s famous painting, this dazzling musical by
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, two of the greatest musical theater
artists of our time, merges past and present into a poignant and
sophisticated exploration of what it takes, and what it costs, to be an
The Guthrie Theater presents
The New Griots Festival
The New Griots Festival's mission is to highlight, celebrate and advance
the careers of emerging Black artists in the Twin Cities. Including the
work of ten local emerging artists, free community classes and open
working sessions, the festival will be led by director/playwright Jamil
Jude, actress Jamaica Meyer and playwright Josh Wilder.
written and performed by Frank Boyd
originally co-directed by Rachel Chavkin
Staged as a live radio show, The Holler Sessions centers on one
man’s burning obsession for American jazz. The Holler Sessions
serves as a jazz primer for the uninitiated, a powerful reminder for
jazz fans and an irreverent love letter to the best thing America has
ever created, and then forgotten.