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New acting talent to be showcased at the Guthrie

Posted by: Rohan Preston under Theater Updated: April 18, 2014 - 3:28 PM

Want to see the next Santino Fontana, Val Mudek or H. Adam Harris as they are being launched?

Then check out the members of 2014 class of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. actor training program, the same program that graduated Fontano, Mudek, Harris, Hugh Kennedy, Elizabeth Grullon and a host of other performers who’re making names for themselves on stages across the country. (Fontana, who has performed in "Billy Elliot," "Cinderella" and "Sunday in the Park with George" on Broadway, just opened in "Act One" on Thursday in New York, where he plays playwright Moss Hart.)

The new acting talent will be showcased this weekend in a pair of new one-acts by playwrights Trista Baldwin and Joe Waechter at the Guthrie. According to a release, Baldwin’s "Peter Piper" is about two sisters whose "lives are suddenly thrown off course by the loss of their young brother.” It will be directed by Benjamin McGovern.

Waechter’s "The Hidden People: Part One," is described as "an epic mash-up of Icelandic folklore, the Old Testament and Norse mythology." That play will be staged by Randy Reyes.

(7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun. Ends April 27. Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls. $10. 612.377.2224 or online.)

The class of 2014 also will do select dramatic scenes from the canon at 1 p.m. Sat., and at 7:30 p.m. Tues., all in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie.

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