GUTHRIE 50th season celebration continues

SECOND IMMERSIVE THREE-STAGE PLAYWRIGHT CELEBRATION CONCLUDES; HAMPTON IN 2012 FOLLOWS KUSHNER IN 2009

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO ABOUT TONY KUSHNER/CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON PLAYWRIGHT CELEBRATIONS IN 2009 AND 2012

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF HAMPTON AND THE PLAYS IN HIS 2012 CELEBRATION

“Having mounted a Tony Kushner season in 2009, Dowling has turned the spotlight on Hampton. There are panels, talks (one of which I gave), showings of films Hampton scripted or directed, and revivals of Tales from Hollywood and Embers. But there is no doubt that Appomattox is the big event … It takes chutzpah for a British dramatist to tackle such a subject, but Hampton has pulled it off.”
–Michael Billington, the Guardian, U.K.

“The Guthrie Theater kicked off its 50th season – and its salute to British playwright Christopher Hampton – with Tales from Hollywood. If the rest of the season proves to be as intellect-tickling and toothsome as this first offering … this golden anniversary promises to be a strong one.” St. Paul Pioneer Press

“And, although Hampton is noted for the diversity of his output, it was fascinating to see back-to-back productions of Tales from Hollywood and his new play, Appomattox, in Minneapolis. In both you saw an anguished liberal confronting a downright radical: Horvath and Brecht in the first play, LBJ and Martin Luther King in the second.”

-Billington, the Guardian

Appomattox is (Hampton’s) grand attempt to crystallize the nation’s vexing questions in the starkest terms … At the Guthrie, his drama is being staged by David Esbjornson, and features a big, A-list cast of performers who are sinking their teeth into their characters.” –Minneapolis Star Tribune

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Guthrie Theater’s 50th season was inaugurated with the Christopher Hampton Celebration: a three-play festival occupying each of the Guthrie’s stages, as well as a series of talks, events and appearances by Hampton and others that demonstrated the unique opportunities afforded by the Guthrie’s Mississippi riverfront facility and the engaged and dynamic Twin Cities community.

The Hampton Celebration follows the 2009 celebration of playwright Tony Kushner with: a provocative new work (Hampton: Appomattox; Kushner: The Intelligent Homosexual…), a well-known work from the playwright’s oeuvre (Hampton: Tales from Hollywood; Kushner: Caroline, or Change) and an intimate work in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio (Hampton: Embers; Kushner: Tiny Kushner).

The Guthrie Theater continues its 50th anniversary season with its 38th presentation of A Christmas Carol playing through December 29 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage and its presentation of Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of A Servant of Two Masters, running from December 1, 2012 to January 20, 2013 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

The Guthrie’s upcoming season also features the world premieres of Nice Fish by two-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance and Minnesota poet Louis Jenkins, and The Primrose Path by Crispin Whittell, in addition to Other Desert Cities and Clybourne Park, among other works. The Guthrie will look back on its legacy of excellence throughout the 2012-13 season, as well as look ahead to the next half century of theater history.

UPCOMING 2012-13 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:

Nice Fish– begins performances April 6

World Premiere. Created by two-time Tony Award-winning actor Mark Rylance in collaboration with Duluth poet Louis Jenkins, this world premiere 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…

The Primrose Path– begins performances April 27

World Premiere. Theodore has come home! After years in Paris, he’s relieved to return to his Russian estate, where he’s captivated by Maria’s daughter Liza, a sensible girl wise beyond her years. But where is Theodore’s adored wife – and are the rumors about his infidelity true? The Primrose Path’s bright humor and eclectic characters capture a moving snapshot of Russian life on the cusp of change. Former artistic director of the renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Roger Rees – best known for his roles on “Cheers” and “The West Wing” – directs this world premiere.

The Taming of the Shrew & Twelfth Night– begins performances March 1

Performed by the UK’s Propeller company as part of the Guthrie’s WorldStage Series.

The Guthrie welcomes internationally acclaimed Propeller to present Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew in repertory, two comedies full of mistaken identities, transformations and deception. Well known for communicating the genius of Shakespeare with a distinctive physical approach including the use of an all-male company, Propeller presents Shakespeare with clarity, speed and imagination. Britain’s The Stage raved, “For young audiences, I can’t imagine a more exciting introduction to our greatest dramatist.”

To see the Guthrie’s full 50th season click here: http://www.guthrietheater.org/20122013_guthrie_theater_season

The GUTHRIE THEATER (Joe Dowling, Director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. The Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. With annual attendance of nearly 500,000 people, the Guthrie Theater presents a mix of classic plays and contemporary work on its three stages. Under the artistic leadership of Joe Dowling since 1995, the Guthrie continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. In 2006, the Guthrie opened its new home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie Theater houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms and dramatic public lobbies. www.guthrietheater.org

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