The Sunshine Boys

July 07 - September 02, 2012 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage
One of the most highly anticipated events of the season will be the union of Guthrie dream team Raye Birk (Faith Healer, Third) and Peter Michael Goetz (1776, The Government Inspector), playing cantankerous vaudeville comedians in Neil Simon's popular comedy The Sunshine Boys, directed by Gary Gisselman (Lost in Yonkers, A Christmas Carol). Despite their comedic chemistry onstage, the one-time famous duo "Lewis and Clark" can't stand each other offstage. The shenanigans that ensue when these seasoned stage partners are coerced to reunite for a CBS television comedy special will likely make this ticket one of the hottest – and most hilarious – in town.


Run time: 2 hours 30 minutes including intermission


Ben Silverman
Robert O. Berdahl
Al Lewis
Raye Birk
            Television Director
Nathaniel Fuller
Willie Clark
Peter Michael Goetz
Sketch Nurse
Jennifer Maren
Registered Nurse
Greta Oglesby
Samuel Finnegan Pearson
Sketch Patient
Dudley Riggs

Artistic Staff

Gary Gisselman
Set and Costume Designer
John Arnone
Lighting Designer
Don Darnutzer
Sound Designer
Reid Rejsa
Carla Steen
Voice and Dialect Coach
D'Arcy Smith
Marcela Lorca
Stage Manager
Martha Kulig
Assistant Stage Manager
Justin Hossle
Assistant Director
Dionne Laviolette

Learn more

The Sunshine Boys Play Guide
In Depth: Love, Laughter and Escape I by Quinton Skinner


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production photos by Michael Brosilow

KSTP-TV: Raye Birk and Peter Michael Goetz on Twin Cities Live Take a Pop Culture Quiz
: Robert Berdahl talks with Natalie Kane about The Sunshine Boys
: Raye Birk and Peter Michael Goetz on Twin Cities Live's "Celebrity Edition Man Panel."









Fresh Air's Terri Gross interviewed Neil Simon on October 17, 1996. Portions of that interview were rebroadcast on National Public Radio on April 27, 2007, coinciding with the release on DVD of the first season of "The Odd Couple," and November 23, 2006, on the occasion of Simon receiving the Mark Twain for American Humor.



Star Tribune: 'The Sunshine Boys:' A comedy team, revived
Pioneer Press
: 'Sunshine Boys' at Guthrie still has plenty of life
Minnesota Monthly
: The show must go on
City Pages: Neil Simon's play explores the enduring nature of comedy
: Sunny with a chance of drizzle


Star Tribune: Friends in the biz
Minnesota Monthly
: Best Friends Forever: Inside the Minds of Peter Michael Goetz and Raye Birk
Pioneer Press
: 'Sunshine Boys' stars bask in the presence of each other
American Jewish World
: Finding 'Sunshine' in the theater

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