directed by KATE WHORISKEY
McGuire Proscenium Stage

An insightful new comedy

From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined) comes the world premiere of a razor-sharp, disarmingly vulnerable comedy commissioned by the Guthrie. A truck stop sandwich shop named after its tough-as-nails owner, Floyd’s is more than just a respite for truckers. It’s the first step for its formerly incarcerated employees and their last hope for survival. A motley crew of line cooks forms under Zen Master Montrellous to learn the secret art of making the perfect sandwich. 

Three things to know 

  • Lynn Nottage is the only woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice (Ruined in 2009 and Sweat in 2017).
  • Floyd’s is one of three artistic pieces inspired by Reading, Pennsylvania, where Nottage spent two years interviewing residents.
  • Sweat will play at the Guthrie in summer 2020.

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In the news


“In the end there is love and laughter, there is connection, there is possibility, and there is a sandwich”

Read the full Mpls.St.Paul Magazine review. 


“Funny, optimistic and compassionate, Floyd’s feels like a play we need right now.”

Read the full Star Tribune review. 


“The entire play is about using the imagination to escape your circumstances” – Lynn Nottage 

Read the full Star Tribune article. 


Floyd’s playwright Lynn Nottage was recently named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Read the Time Magazine article here. 



In the latest installment of our Stage Craft series, playwright Lynn Nottage discusses the genesis of Floyd's, her creative process and her favorite part of writing the play!


Johanna Day and John Earl Jelks in Floyd's. Photo by T Charles Erickson. 

Dame Jasmine Hughes and Reza Salazar in Floyd's. Photo by T Charles Erickson. 

Reza Salazar, John Earl Jelks, Dame Jasmine Hughes and Andrew Veenstra in Floyd's. Photo by T Charles Erickson. 

Dame Jasmine Hughes, John Earl Jelks, Johanna Day, Reza Salazar and Andrew Veenstra in Floyd's. Photo by T Charles Erickson. 

Reza Salazar, Dame Jasmine Hughes and Andrew Veenstra in Floyd's. Photo by T Charles Erickson. 

John Earl Jelks and Andrew Veenstra in Floyd's. Photo by T Charles Erickson. 



Johanna Day


Dame Jasmine Hughes


John Earl Jelks


Reza Salazar


Andrew Veenstra


James A. Williams

Montrellous (Aug 27–31)

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Lynn Nottage


Kate Whoriskey


Laura Jellinek

Scenic Designer

Jennifer Moeller

Costume Designer

Christopher Akerlind

Lighting Designer

Justin Ellington

Sound Designer

Jo Holcomb

Developmental Dramaturg

Morgan Holmes

Production Dramaturg

Jill Walmsley Zager

Resident Voice Coach

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Leah Nelson

Movement Director

Aaron Preusse

Fight Director

Tree O'Halloran

Stage Manager

Katie Hawkinson

Assistant Stage Manager

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