To Kill a Mockingbird»

To Kill a Mockingbird
September 12 - October 25, 2015
Wurtele Thrust Stage
Set in Maycomb, Alabama, in 1935, this timeless story based on Harper Lee’s beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a memory play told through the eyes of Scout, the fiercely independent daughter of Atticus Finch. The town is abuzz with the upcoming trial of Tom Robinson, an African American man accused of raping a white woman. While Finch, the white lawyer assigned to defend Tom, refuses to compromise his ideals in the face of mounting community pressure, Scout learns about tolerance and acceptance even as racial tensions threaten to tear the town apart.

The Events»

The Events
September 30 - November 01, 2015
McGuire Proscenium Stage
A response to the 2011 Norway attacks, in which the lives of 77 people were claimed by a car bomb and a mass shooting at a summer camp, this internationally acclaimed production delves into faith, politics and reason. Featuring original music sung by a different 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.

Wrestling Jerusalem»

Wrestling Jerusalem
October 16 - November 01, 2015
Dowling Studio

Set in America, Israel and Palestine, Wrestling Jerusalem follows one man’s journey to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Davidman’s performance is a personal story that grapples with the complexities of identity, history and social justice. Giving voice to 17 different characters, the play sheds light on one of the most entrenched conflicts of our time.

A Christmas Carol»

A Christmas Carol
November 12 - December 27, 2015
Wurtele Thrust Stage

A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways.

The Cocoanuts»

The Cocoanuts
November 14, 2015 - January 03, 2016
McGuire Proscenium Stage
The service stinks at the Cocoanut Hotel, 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.

The Great Work»

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
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 Amish Project »

The Amish Project
February 02 - February 14, 2016
Dowling Studio
Inspired by the 2006 school shootings in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, Jessica Dickey’s fictional exploration of a real-life tragedy allows us to glimpse into the world of Amish culture and to come to grips with the true limits of compassion and forgiveness.

You for Me for You»

February 19 - March 06, 2016
Dowling Studio
As they attempt to flee the Best Nation in the World, North Korean sisters Minhee and Junhee are torn apart at the border.  Each must race across time and space to be together again – navigating the perilous Land of the Free and the treacherous terrain of personal belief.

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.

Taylor Mac: The 20th Century Abridged »

Taylor Mac: The 20th Century Abridged
March 18 - March 19, 2016
Wurtele Thrust Stage
Equal parts bedazzled shaman, searing social critic, radical angel and Elizabethan fool, Taylor Mac (who uses “judy,” lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) has created internationally award-winning performance events that at once provoke and embrace judy’s diverse audiences. Judy’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music is a subjective history of the past 240 years of American history told through music. 


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.

A Boy and His Soul »

A Boy and His Soul
August 09 - August 28, 2016
Dowling Studio
The story of an African American man’s coming of age in 1970s and 80s Philadelphia, A Boy and His Soul brings classic soul, smooth R&B, and disco music in an unforgettable era to life. Written and performed by Tony-nominated, OBIE, and Lucille Lortel Award winning actor, playwright and director Colman Domingo (The Scottsboro Boys, The People’s Temple), the play’s celebration of city life and the music that underscores it opened to rave reviews when it premiered at New York’s Vineyard Theatre.