King Lear»

King Lear
February 11 - April 02, 2017
Wurtele Thrust Stage
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.

She Went to War»

She Went to War
March 17 - April 02, 2017
Dowling Studio
This new work by The Telling Project is an autobiographical performance by four female veterans, all of whom experienced significant combat exposure during their terms in the military.


April 13 - April 23, 2017
McGuire Proscenium Stage
Described as “a parable for our times,” Battlefield uses four actors and a musician to evoke the apocalyptic aftermath of a great war between rival members of the same family.

The American Clock»

The American Clock
April 13 - April 23, 2017
Dowling Studio
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»

The Bluest Eye
April 15 - May 21, 2017
Wurtele Thrust Stage
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.

Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery»

May 12 - May 28, 2017
Dowling Studio
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 production.


May 13 - June 11, 2017
McGuire Proscenium Stage
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.

Sunday in the Park with George»

Sunday in the Park with George
June 17 - August 20, 2017
Wurtele Thrust Stage
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 artist.

The New Griots Festival »

July 06 - July 16, 2017
Dowling Studio
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.

Native Gardens»

July 15 - August 20, 2017
McGuire Proscenium Stage
You can’t choose your neighbors. In this brilliant new comedy, cultures and gardens clash, turning well-intentioned neighbors into feuding enemies.

The Holler Sessions»

The Holler Sessions
August 04 - August 20, 2017
Dowling Studio
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.