Sense and Sensibility»

Sense and Sensibility
September 10 - October 29, 2016
Wurtele Thrust Stage
Full of humor and emotional depth, a fresh adaptation of Austen’s treasured novel opens the season in a bright, bold and theatrical way.

The Parchman Hour»

The Parchman Hour
October 01 - November 06, 2016
McGuire Proscenium Stage
At the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, brave women and men of all backgrounds said goodbye to their families, boarded buses and headed into the Deep South to battle discrimination. Arrested and imprisoned in Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Farm Penitentiary, these Freedom Riders endured by creating a nightly variety show called “The Parchman Hour.”

Hold These Truths»

Hold These Truths
October 07 - October 23, 2016
Dowling Studio
During World War II in Seattle, as the U.S. government forcibly relocated all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast into internment camps, 24-year-old college student Gordon Hirabayashi defied the exclusion order and was subsequently convicted and sentenced to prison. 

A Christmas Carol»

A Christmas Carol
November 16 - December 30, 2016
Wurtele Thrust Stage
The Guthrie will present the 42nd annual production of Charles Dickens’ classic. Director and choreographer Joe Chvala will direct the show for a fifth consecutive year.

The Passage or What Comes of Searching in the Dark»

The Passage or What Comes of Searching in the Dark
November 18 - December 04, 2016
Dowling Studio
Albert Grissom has a problem. Well, two problems. He hasn’t seen his father in three weeks and there's a monster living in his basement. With an original score, 7th House Theater’s The Passage follows two children on a real-life adventure stranger than anything they could have imagined.

The Lion in Winter»

The Lion in Winter
November 19 - December 31, 2016
McGuire Proscenium Stage
Set during Christmas 1183, The Lion in Winter tells the wickedly amusing tale of King Henry II, his imprisoned queen (released only for the holiday), and their three entitled sons who vie for the throne in a double-dealing division of the kingdom.

Transatlantic Love Affair»

January 27 - February 12, 2017
Dowling Studio
Directed by Isabel Nelson and Diogo Lopes, conceived by Lopes and created by the ensemble, this new piece re-imagines the story of Hansel and Gretel as a tale of immigration, and investigates what forces can compel one to leave their family and home to venture on a journey through the dark and tangled unknown in search of something better.

The Royal Family»

January 28 - March 19, 2017
McGuire Proscenium Stage
Set in 1920s Manhattan, this American classic (loosely based on the legendary Barrymore family) centers on three generations of actors, each at different stages in their careers. From an aging grande dame to a promising ingénue, together they confront a choice between secure, yet dull domesticity and an erratic, egocentric yet potentially fulfilling life on the stage.

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.

We Are Proud to Present»

February 21 - March 12, 2017
Dowling Studio
Going off-script can sometimes be the best way to tell a story. We Are Proud to Present follows an ensemble of American actors -- three black and three white – as they rehearse a stage presentation about a genocide in 1900s colonial Africa.

She Went to War»

March 17 - April 02, 2017
Dowling Studio
Since 2008, The Telling Project has put more than 200 military veterans and military family members on stages in communities around the country to tell their stories, raising awareness and understanding of military service.


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 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.” Next 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»

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»

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.