Guthrie announces its 50th-anniversary season

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 16, 2012 - 7:57 PM

The schedule includes three world premieres and a festival of playwright Christopher Hampton.

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Writer Christopher Hampton will be celebrated in three different productions at the Guthrie in 2012-13.

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The Guthrie Theater has three new commissions in its 2012-13 subscription season. Eleven shows are slated for the thrust and proscenium stages, with four in the smaller studio.

The principal event is a season-opening celebration of playwright Christopher Hampton. His "Tales of Hollywood" runs Sept. 15-Oct. 27 on the thrust stage. "Appomattox" opens Sept. 29 in the proscenium for a six-week run. Directed by David Esbjornson ("Great Gatsby"), this play is developed from a libretto Hampton wrote for a Philip Glass opera first presented in San Francisco five years ago. The third Hampton play will be "Embers" in the studio -- with dates not yet announced.

Director Joe Dowling's only production of the season will be "Long Day's Journey into Night," Jan. 12-Feb. 23, 2013. This is the first staging of Eugene O'Neill's classic in the Guthrie's 50 seasons.

"Last year I did four shows and that's too many for a man of my years," Dowling said. "I'm going to step back a little from the fray, but this show excited me."

Guthrie favorites Helen Carey and Peter Michael Goetz will star.

Propeller, an all-male company from Britain, brings "Twelfth Night" and "The Taming of the Shrew" to the thrust Feb. 27-April 6, 2013.

The world premiere of "The Primrose Path" runs April 27-June 15, 2013. It's the work of Crispen Whittell, who wrote the Guthrie's current "A Christmas Carol." Whittell based "Primrose" on "Home of the Gentry" by Ivan Turgenev.

Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday," directed by John Miller-Stephany, concludes the thrust season, July 6-Aug. 31, 2013.

Following "Appomattox" in the proscenium, former Guthrie company member Christopher Bayes directs actor Steven Epp and others in an adaptation of Goldoni's "The Servant of Two Masters," Dec. 1, 2012-Jan. 20, 2013.

Peter Rothstein directs "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz, Feb. 9-March 24, 2013.

If you have caught either of Mark Rylance's acceptance speeches for his two Tony wins, you've heard him quote the poetry of Duluth's Louis Jenkins. Rylance has written "Nice Fish," based on Jenkins' poetry, and it has a debut April 6-May 18, 2013. Rylance, who last appeared here in "Peer Gynt," will both direct and act in the show.

"Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris concludes the proscenium season, June 1-Aug. 4, 2013.

Joe Chvala, who has worked with Dowling the past two seasons on "A Christmas Carol," will direct the annual holiday show, Nov. 13-Dec. 29 on the thrust stage.

Also in the studio next year: "Youth Without God, An Iliad," a one-actor adaptation by Homer, the Acting Company's "As You Like It," and Mu Performing Arts production of Rick Shiomi's early play "Yellow Fever."

Information at 612-377-2224 or www.guthrietheater.org.

Graydon Royce • 612-673-7299

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