The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures

The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
May 15 - June 28, 2009 (Opening May 22)
McGuire Proscenium Stage

The title of Tony Kushner's new play is inspired by two 19th-century thinkers and their works -- George Bernard Shaw's The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism and Mary Baker Eddy's Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The play looks at the life of a 20th-century thinker, retired longshoreman Gus Marcantonio (Michael Cristofer), who's feeling confused and defeated by the 21st century. In summer 2007, he invites his sister and his three children (who in turn bring along spouses, ex-spouses, lovers and more) to a most unusual family reunion in their Brooklyn brownstone.

With humor and passion, the play examines the importance of connectedness and belonging - to a family, a community, a group, an ideology, a marriage - and what happens when those connections are lost.

This production contains strong language, sexual situations, smoking and nudity.

Media Sponsor: Minnesota Public Radio 

Run time

3 hours 28 minutes with two intermissions


Play Guide created by the Guthrie Theater

Everyone is talking about The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... Read what the critics have to say about this world premiere.

The clear successor to Kushner's masterpiece, Angels in America, picking up many of the same arguments about love, sexuality, and politics while adding many more-and brilliantly.

~ Tim Gihring, Minnesota Monthly

The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide is a success - sprawling, yearning, at times emotionally violent, it is also packed with a level of complexity, sophistication and understanding that distinguishes it as a potentially important new American work.
~ Quinton Skinner, Variety

The lines sound great in the actors' mouths, their performances are excellent and Greif dances this show across the Guthrie stage with humor and muscular strokes. It is a very American work - a dense rush of ideas.
~ Graydon Royce, Star Tribune

In so many ways, The Intelligent Homosexual is just an old-fashioned piece of dramatic entertainment waiting to be discovered by a new audience - one that has never seen anything like it from Tony Kushner, ever before.
~ Tad Simon, Mpls. St. Paul Magazine


Adam Butler
Mark Benninghofen
Benedicta Immacolata
Marcantonio (Bennie)

Kathleen Chalfant

Sooze Moon Marcantonio
Sun Mee Chomet
Augusto Giuseppe Garibaldi
Marcantonio (Gus)

Michael Cristofer

Maria Teresa Marcantonio
Linda Emond

Eli Wolcott
Michael Esper
 Maeve Ludens

Charity Jones

Vito Marcantonio
(V, Vic, Vinnie)

Ron Menzel
Shelle O'Neill Michelle O'Neill
Paul Pierce
Michael Potts
 Pier Luigi Marcantonio
Stephen Spinella

Artistic Staff

Michael Greif
 Set Designer 
Mark Wendland
 Costume Designer 
Clint Ramos
 Lighting Designer 
Kevin Adams
 Sound Designer 
Ken Travis
Michael Friedman      
Jo Holcomb
 Voice and Dialect Consultant 
Elisa Carlson
 Stage Manager 
Martha Kulig
 Assistant Stage Managers 
Chris A. Code
Justin Hossle
 Assistant Director 
David Alpert

Photo Gallery

production photos by Michal Daniel