Nice Fish

April 06 - May 18, 2013 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage
Created by two-time Tony Award-winning actor Mark Rylance in collaboration with Duluth poet Louis Jenkins, a master of prose poetry whose work is regularly featured on A Prairie Home Companion, this world premiere features original music by Claire van Kampen (Peer Gynt). Nice Fish centers on two men who have gone ice fishing on the last day of the season; the ice is melting and the DNR is watching. They are hoping for something essential, immortal, when a construction worker roars across the ice on his snowmobile, spear, dynamite and fancy dress in hand! And the last blizzard of the season is about to begin...

See what the critics are saying: Nice Fish is "fanciful," "beautiful" and "laugh-out-loud funny!"

Will you be seeing Nice Fish at the Guthrie? Take this tongue-in-cheek survey from Minnesota Monthly, listen to this feature on Minnesota Public Radio, then come join us!
Run time: approximately 2 hours 25 minutes including intermission


Chris Carlson
                      DNR Officer
Bob Davis
Tyson Forbes
Erik Jim Lichtscheidl
Mark Rylance
Emily Swallow

Artistic Staff

Mark Rylance and Claire van Kampen
Set Designer
Todd Rosenthal
Costume Designer
Ilona Somogyi
Lighting Designer
Mimi Jordan Sherin
 Composer Claire van Kampen
Sound Designer
Scott W. Edwards
Michael Lupu
Anna Smithberger
 Voice and Dialect Coach
Lucinda Holshue
 Movement Marcela Lorca
Stage Manager
Tree O'Halloran
 Assistant Stage Manager Jason Clusman
Assistant Director
Jon Ferguson


Nice Fish Mark Rylance
Nice Fish Mark Rylance
Nice Fish production photo
Nice Fish production photo
Nice Fish production photo
Nice Fish production photo
Nice Fish production photo
Nice Fish production photo
Nice Fish production photo
Nice Fish meet and greet photos by Ben Brewer; Production photos by Richard Termine


Mark Rylance recited poems by Louis Jenkins as his acceptance speeches upon being named Best Actor at the Tony Awards

Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Jerusalem, during the 2011 Tony ceremony


Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Boeing-Boeing, during the 2008 Tony ceremony 

TPT's Almanac: Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins talk with David Gillette
Kare 11
: Guthrie's 'Nice Fish' lures big laugh
Kare 11
: Sea Change chef Jamie Malone shares her 'Nice Fish' recipe for Arctic Char


Minnesota Public Radio: 'Nice Fish' about much more than ice fishing
MPR's 'The Daily Circuit': For Mark Rylance, the real action takes place in the minds of the audience



Guardian, London: Mark Rylance stars in self-penned play
Star Tribune:
A great British actor returns to his roots with "Nice Fish" at the Guthrie
Pioneer Press
: Tony winner Mark Rylance floats a new work at the Guthrie
Minnesota Monthly: Will You Be Seeing Nice Fish? Quiz
Duluth News Tribune
: Nice Fish brings Duluth poet's writings to Guthrie spotlight
Lake Voice: Duluth Poet Works on "Nice Fish"
: "Nice Fish:" An Interview in Three Acts Part 1
: Casting "Nice Fish": An Interview in Three Acts Part 2
The New York Times
: Mark Rylance Play, Written With a Favorite Poet, Is Coming to Minneapolis Theater
The New York Times: Robery Bly 'By the Book': 'Louis Jenkins up by Duluth is a master of the prose poem.'
The Writers' Block
: Nice Fish: Life and Poetry Through a Refracted Lens


Sponsored by   Ameriprise Financial

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