2022-2023 Season

Celebrating 60 years of artistic excellence

Since May 7, 1963, we’ve worked to uphold Sir Tyrone Guthrie’s founding mission: to engage exceptional theater artists in the exploration of both classic and contemporary plays, connecting the community we serve to one another and to the world.

This season’s bold lineup seeks to examine where we’ve been and where we’re going — as a theater and as a society. And in a special homage to the Guthrie’s beginnings, Hamlet will be onstage in May 2023 as we celebrate our 60th anniversary.

The Guthrie has always been a theater built by and for the community, so we hope you’ll join us for this special commemorative season.

Founded by a famed theater director and brought to life by the people of Minnesota, the Guthrie Theater forever changed the artistic landscape of the Twin Cities when it opened its doors in 1963. This rich legacy inspired our choices for the 2022–2023 Season, which we wanted to represent all that the Guthrie was, is and will be to our community.

Joseph Haj, Artistic Director

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original music by SHANE RETTIG
directed by MINA MORITA
September 10 – October 16, 2022
Wurtele Thrust Stage 

A love-and-war comedy

When Saigon falls in 1975, Quang and Tong, two Vietnamese refugees separated from their previous partners, have a sexy meet-cute in Arkansas that promptly becomes a no-strings-attached relationship to pass the time. Living in the land of “cheeseburgers, waffle fries and cholesterol” (aka America) proves to be an intoxicating adventure that leads Quang and Tong to question their futures, both together and in their new country. Part history play and part memoir, this whip-smart comedy is punctuated with flashbacks and bursts of rap songs, all while giving unabashed reflections on American culture and offering a human-centered view of the Vietnam War and its aftermath.

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The Guthrie Theater, in association with The Public Theater, presents
Sally & Tom
October 1 – November 6, 2022
McGuire Proscenium Stage

A groundbreaking world premiere

After spending three years in Paris, founding father Thomas Jefferson returns to his Monticello plantation in rural Virginia where the complexities of his relationship with Sally Hemings, the teenage sister of his enslaved valet and chef, begin to unfold. Monticello is not Paris, and everything — yet nothing — feels the same. In this clever collision of American history and theater, acclaimed playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks spotlights the unexpected parallels between 1790 and today while taking the audience on a journey through the past that inevitably catches up with the present.

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A Christmas Carol
directed by JOSEPH HAJ
November 12 – December 31, 2022
Wurtele Thrust Stage

A timeless holiday tradition

A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with “Bah! Humbug!” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. In Charles Dickens’ beloved classic, the three spirits show Scrooge happy memories from his past, difficult realities from the present and a grim future should he continue his closed-hearted ways. Throughout his journey, Scrooge is forced to reckon with the man he has become and contemplate the man he could be — but only if his restless night leads to a change of heart by morning.

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The Little Prince

drama by
based on the book by ANTOINE de SAINT-EXUPÉRY
December 10, 2022 – February 5, 2023
McGuire Proscenium Stage

An endearing allegory

After his plane crashes in the Sahara, a pilot is plotting his survival strategy when a little prince with a gleeful spirit appears. Over the course of a week, the prince tells the pilot tales of his intergalactic travels to various planets, Earth included. Each story sheds new light on their philosophical questions until the two unlikely companions find the answers — and their lives — hanging in the balance. Full of whimsy and wonder, this imaginative fairy tale for the whole family studies the contrast between the innocence of youth and the inevitable realities of adulthood.

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Blues for an Alabama Sky
directed by NICOLE A. WATSON
January 28 – March 12, 2023
Wurtele Thrust Stage

A bold character drama

In a Depression-era Harlem apartment building, a close-knit group of friends has become a chosen family. New roommates Angel and Guy — a recently fired blues singer and a promising costume designer with Paris in his sights — live across the hall from Delia, a social worker who sparks a relationship with the hardworking doctor Sam. Their lives are upturned when Southern newcomer Leland arrives and falls hard for Angel, who is torn between a stable life in Manhattan and an exhilarating overseas adventure with Guy. Angel chooses her path, but the decision leads to devastating consequences that shift the trajectory of everyone’s futures and long-held dreams.

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The Guthrie Theater presents an Alley Theatre production of
Born With Teeth
directed by ROB MELROSE 
March 4 – April 2, 2023
McGuire Proscenium Stage

A quick-witted faceoff

An aging authoritarian ruler, a violent police state and a restless, polarized people seething with paranoia: It’s a dangerous time for poets. Two of them — the great Kit Marlowe and the up-and-comer William Shakespeare — meet in the back room of a pub to collaborate on a history play cycle, navigate the perils of art under a totalitarian regime and flirt like young men with everything to lose. One of them may well be the death of the other.

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directed by JOSEPH HAJ
April 8 – May 21, 2023
Wurtele Thrust Stage

A haunting revenge story

Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, returns home to mourn his father’s death and begrudgingly attend the wedding of his mother, Queen Gertrude, to his uncle Claudius, who has all too willingly taken his brother’s throne. When the former king’s ghost appears and cries murder, Hamlet’s grief turns to obsessive revenge as he seeks to uncover evidence and unmask Claudius. Tension builds and plots spiral out of control, leading to a deadly final showdown. In an homage to the Guthrie’s beginnings, Hamlet will be onstage in May 2023 as the theater celebrates its 60th anniversary.

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Murder on the Orient Express
adapted for the stage by KEN LUDWIG
directed by RISA BRAININ
May 13 – July 2, 2023
McGuire Proscenium Stage

A who-done-it mystery

Passengers aboard the opulent Orient Express awake to frightful news: Overnight, the American business mogul among them was stabbed to death behind locked doors. Thankfully, debonair detective Hercule Poirot is on the train and on the case. He promptly begins interviewing suspects, securing alibis and forming theories about the killer, who remains at large and could be closing in on the next victim. As the plot thickens and the travelers grow restless, Poirot presents two viable scenarios about who murdered the mogul and why, taking the audience on a wildly glamorous crime-solving ride.

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Into the Woods
music and lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
directed by SARNA LAPINE
June 17 – August 13, 2023
Wurtele Thrust Stage

An unexpected storybook musical

Once upon a time, Cinderella pines to make a cameo at the ball, Jack (of beanstalk fame) tends to his pet cow, Little Red Riding Hood sets off toward grandmother’s house and a baker and his wife discover they are barren, thanks to a curse from the neighboring witch. They all head into the woods and embark on remarkable journeys that include falling in love, slaying a giant, facing off with a wolf and more. Just when all wishes appear to be granted, a stray magic bean sprouts a second stalk and the giant’s vengeful wife disrupts everyone’s happy ending. Featuring beloved music and classic fairy tale characters, this heartfelt musical explores what happens after “happily ever after.”

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The Guthrie Theater, in co-production with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, presents
based on the novel by JACK SCHAEFER
directed by BLAKE ROBISON
July 15 – August 27, 2023
McGuire Proscenium Stage

A reimagined Western classic

It’s 1889 when Shane, a loner with a dark and mysterious past, rides into the heart of Wyoming’s cattle country. He’s instantly idolized by the young Bob Starrett, whose settler parents welcome Shane into their home and put him to work on their farm, where Shane discovers the family he never had. Meanwhile, hostility grows between the ruthless rancher Fletcher and the settlers starting their farms. When Fletcher plans to squeeze them out, Shane’s dangerous ways resurface as he fights to save the Starretts from ruin. This Guthrie commission by renowned playwright Karen Zacarías interrogates the assumptions and myths of the American West.

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Ticket information

New season subscriptions start at $64. Single ticket prices for all shows range from $20 to $94 ($20 to $134 for A Christmas Carol). Discounts are available for students, educators, seniors and children.

To purchase a season subscription, click here or call the Season Ticket Office at 612.225.6238 or 1.877.997.3276 (toll-free).

  • June 1: New season subscriptions on sale
  • July 29: Single tickets for Vietgone, Sally & Tom and The Little Prince on sale
  • September 6: Single tickets for A Christmas Carol on sale
  • November 8: Single tickets for Blues for an Alabama Sky, Hamlet, Murder on the Orient Express and Born with Teeth on sale
  • January 10, 2023: Single tickets for Into the Woods and Shane on sale

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