The Primrose Path

April 27 - June 08, 2013 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage
Theodore has come home! After years in Paris, he’s relieved to return to his Russian estate, despite the sullen greeting of his servant and the behavior of his silly cousin Maria. Yet he’s captivated by Maria’s daughter Liza, a sensible girl wise beyond her years. But where is Theodore’s adored wife – and are the rumors about his infidelity true? As others pursue love and move their lives forward, Theodore’s hope for happy future clashes with a past that refuses to be entirely left behind. The Primrose Path’s bright humor and eclectic characters capture a moving snapshot of Russian life on the cusp of change. Former artistic director of the renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival and Olivier and Tony award-winning actor Roger Rees – best known for his roles on “Cheers” and “The West Wing” – directs this world premiere.

"If you're on the fence about seeing The Primrose Path because it's a 'Russian' play, you owe it to yourself to see it ... This one is as light and lively as they come, and virtually every scene contains quips and barbs you'll be tempted to write down for future reference."
- Mpls.St.Paul Magazine


Run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes including one intermission.
This production contains brief nudity.


A Maid from Mtsensk
Christian Bardin
Candace Barrett Birk
Tom Bloom
Kyle Fabel
The Retainer at  Vasilyevskoye
Nathaniel Fuller
Hugh Kennedy
Suzy Kohane
A Lady from St. Petersburg
Ann Michels
Jim Stanek
Sally Wingert

Artistic Staff

Roger Rees
Set Designer
Neil Patel
Costume Designer
Fabio Toblini
Lighting Designer
Jeff Croiter
Wayne Barker
Sound Designer
C. Andrew Mayer
Michael Lupu
Voice Coach
Andrew Wade
Marcela Lorca
Stage Manager
Chris A. Code
         Assistant Stage Manager
Justin Hossle
Assistant Director
Natalie Novacek


The Primrose Path
The Primrose Path
The Primrose Path
The Primrose Path
The Primrose Path
Production photos by T. Charles Erickson




Star Tribune: 'Primrose Path' premieres at the Guthrie
City Pages: Path for Guthrie world premiere pleasant for creators
Pioneer Press: 'Path' leads British actor/director to the Guthrie


New work at the Guthrie Theater is supported, in part, by a grant from the Ford Foundation.