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South Pacific»

South Pacific
June 18 - August 28, 2016
Wurtele Thrust Stage
One of the most celebrated musicals in American theater, this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is a treasure trove of memorable songs from “Bali Ha'i” to “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” to “Some Enchanted Evening.”

Disgraced»

Disgraced
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.

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.

Home Street Home Minneapolis»

September 16 - September 25, 2016
Dowling Studio
Home Street Home Minneapolis follows street musician Zeke Cooper on a tour around the heart of the city where he’ll eavesdrop on skyway security guards and hear from residents in family shelters, condo dwellers, downtown church-goers, Vikings fans and panhandlers. Listen in as characters share experiences and change each other’s lives.

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»

October 07 - October 23, 2016
Dowling Studio
During WWII in Seattle, 24-year-old college student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.

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.

7th House Theater »

November 18 - December 04, 2016
Dowling Studio
A young company including local standouts Cat Brindisi, David Darrow, AJ Longabaugh, Derek Prestly and Grant Sorenson, 7th House Theater is dedicated to creating new, innovative and re-imagined stage productions that emphasize the power of music as a theatrical element.

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.

Echo War»

March 17 - April 02, 2017
Dowling Studio
Continuing the conversation between Minnesota veterans, military families and the Minnesota community at large, The Telling Project returns to Level Nine with Echo War, an intimate contemplation on the value of life, what constitutes meaning and purpose, and the necessity of deeper connections with each other – as individuals, communities and as a society.

Battlefield»

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.

Refugia»

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.