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Acting Co. and Guthrie premiere touring production of The Comedy of Errors

THE ACTING COMPANY & GUTHRIE THEATER

PREMIERE TOURING PRODUCTION OF SHAKESPEARE’S
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

AT THE GUTHRIE THEATER

 

April 4 – 17 run at New York’ Pace University to cap 28-city national tour

 

Photos available online at  http://www.guthrietheater.org/media_room/image_library

 

 

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Acting Company (TAC), in association with the Guthrie Theater, continues its 28-city national tour, stopping at the Guthrie Theater this month for the premiere of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. The production, directed by TAC Associate Artistic Director Ian Belknap, opened January 12 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage and will play in repertory with Romeo and Juliet through January 30.

 

The 2010-11 tour season launched on October 22, 2010 with a limited run of Romeo and Juliet at New York’s Pace University, where the company concludes its 28-city tour with an April 4 – 17 New York run of The Comedy of Errors.

 

Both productions again showcase the talents of young performers from the ranks of both organizations, including graduates of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program, as well as alumni of The Acting Company. The 2010-11 tour company includes Kaliswa Brewster (Amelia/Juliet), Ray Chapman (Egeon/Friar Laurence), Elizabeth Grullon (Courtesan/Peter), Whitney Hudson (Adriana/Lady Capulet), Jonathan C. Kaplan (Antipholus of Syracuse/Lord Capulet), Jason McDowell-Green (Antipholus of Ephesus/Lord Montague), Stephen Pilkington (Dromio of Ephesus/Abraham), Alejandro Rodriguez (Jailer/Officer/Balthazar/Romeo), Benjamin Rosenbaum (Second Merchant/Tybalt), John Skelley (Dromio of Syracuse/Benvolio), Jamie Smithson (Duke/Pinch/Nell/Luce/Paris), Sid Solomon (First Merchant/Angelo/Mercutio/Prince) and Elizabeth Stahlmann (Luciana/Nurse).

 

The Comedy of Errors, one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, is also his shortest and one of his most farcical — a major part of the humor derived from slapstick, puns and wordplay. The story of two sets of identical twins accidentally separated at birth involves a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities leading to wrongful attacks, a near-seduction, an arrest and accusations of infidelity, theft, madness and demonic possession. Shakespeare sets all this action in one day and features a theme that recurs throughout his work: blending tragic situations with comedic resolutions and introducing slapstick to wide appeal. TAC Associate Artistic Director Ian Belknap will direct the production, whose creative team also includes Neil Patel (Set Design), Michael Chybowski (Lighting Design), Candice Donnelly (Costume Design), Felix Ivanoff (Choreography) and Andrew Wade (Voice and Speech Consultant).

 

Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s iconic romantic tragedy, returns for a second consecutive tour season and will again be directed by Penny Metropulos, formerly of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. As innocent young star-crossed lovers fall victim to family hatred and cruel destiny, swords clash, everlasting love is promised and a treacherous sleeping potion is swallowed in the greatest love story of all time. Evoking the lyricism of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Romeo and Juliet exquisitely embodies the brief joy of teenage passion and ecstasy, while their families’ mutual disdain and prejudice lead to revenge and an irreversible fate. The creative team for Romeo and Juliet includes Neil Patel (Set Design), Michael Chybowski (Lighting Design), Mathew J. LeFebvre (Costume Design), Victor Zupanc (Music Composition), Scott W. Edwards (Sound Design), Felix Ivanoff (Fight Direction), Marcela Lorca (Choreography), Elizabeth Smith (Voice and Speech Consultant) and Dakin Matthews (Dramaturg).

 

The company is also joined on tour by Jesse Jou (Staff Repertory Director), Karen Parlato (Stage Manager) and Meaghan Rosenberger (Assistant Stage Manager).

 

For a complete tour itinerary, visit www.theactingcompany.org.

 

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

 

THE ACTING COMPANY was founded in 1972 by Margot Harley and legendary producer and actor John Houseman with Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone and others in the first graduating class of Juilliard’s Drama Division. Since then it has performed 131 plays to audiences in 48 states and 10 foreign countries. In addition to Kline and LuPone, its alumni include Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, Harriet Harris, Jesse L. Martin, David Ogden Stiers, Richard Ooms, Richard Iglewski, Keith David and Rainn Wilson. The Acting Company was honored in 2003 with a Tony Award for Excellence in Theater.

 

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Cast announced for Penumbra’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Guthrie Theater

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR PENUMBRA THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

BY AUGUST WILSON
DIRECTED BY LOU BELLAMY

 

Limited engagement begins February 10, 2011 at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

 

Production Photos available online at:

http://www.guthrietheater.org/media_room/image_library/ma_raineys

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Guthrie Theater welcomes Penumbra Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson’s gripping drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by Penumbra artistic director Lou Bellamy. Part of Wilson’s ten-play Pittsburgh Cycle chronicling the twentieth century African American experience, the production features Grammy Award-winning artist Jevetta Steel in the title role as Gertrude “Ma” Rainey. A co-production with Arizona Theatre Company, Ma Rainey’s recent Phoenix run was heralded by Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout as “earthily direct, wholly to the point and impeccably cast, with Jevetta Steele hitting the center of the bull’s-eye.”

 

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom marks the third Penumbra Theatre production presented at the Guthrie in as many seasons, following the critically acclaimed productions of Gem of the Ocean in 2008 and A Raisin in the Sun in 2009.

 

The cast of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom also includes James T. Alfred (Levee), Lerea Carter (Dussie Mae), James Craven (Cutler), Penumbra founding member Abdul Salaam El Razzac (Toledo), William John Hall, Jr. (Slow Drag), Phil Kilbourne (Irvin), Brendan Guy Murphy (Policeman), Michael Tezla (Sturdyvant) and Ahanti Young (Sylvester).

 

Set in 1920s Chicago, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom deals with the issues of race, art, religion and the historic exploitation of black recording artists by white producers, as fiery blues legend Gertrude “Ma” Rainey is getting ready to lay down a hit record with her virtuoso band. As she strides into the cramped, South Side Chicago recording studio, she squares off against a battling quartet of musicians, a tight-fisted producer and her manager who’s just trying to keep the recording session on track, giving the audience a look at a time when even the most legendary singer of her day had to fight for every scrap of respect she could get.

 

Steele has appeared on Broadway in The Gospel at Colonus and in the national/international tours of The Gospel at Colonus, Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story, Bagdad Café-The Musical, The Sounds of Blackness and The Night Before Christmas. Locally, she has performed with Penumbra Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater (most recently in the 2004 production of Crowns), Mixed Blood Theatre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Hey City Theater and Park Square Theatre. Her film credits include Corrina, Corrina; Hoop Dreams; Born to be Wild; Graffiti Bridge and Bagdad Café (for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for “Calling You”). She has four gold records to her credit and can be heard on her solo CDs, Here It Is and My Heart, as well as the original cast recording of Two Queens, One Castle.

 

The artistic team also includes Vicki M. Smith (Scenic Designer), Mathew J. LeFebvre (Costume Designer), Don Darnutzer (Lighting Designer), Brian Jerome Peterson (Sound Designer), Sanford Moore (Music Director), Brent Gibbs (Fight Director), Bruno Ingram (Stage Manager) and Jason Clusman (Stage Manager).

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom previews February 10, opens February 11 and continues through March 6, 2011, on the McGuire Proscenium Stage. Single tickets start at $24 and are now on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at www.guthrietheater.org.

 

PENUMBRA THEATRE was founded in 1976 by Lou Bellamy to make socially responsible art – art that demanded a response, art with intent, art that could create change. At a time when roles for black artists were limited to stereotypes and comical representations, Penumbra produced theater that roared with authenticity through the unrestrained and rich voice of black artists and playwrights.  This respect for cultural authenticity became Penumbra’s signature style – and demand for it has reached new heights from theaters around the country fostering collaborations, new productions, tours and awards. The 2010-2011season features Penumbra’s co-production with Arizona Theatre Company of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, staged in Tucson and Phoenix, and in Minneapolis, MN at the Guthrie. Penumbra is also proud to stage the world premiere of I Wish You Love this April and take it to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts this June. For the latest news and updates, visit www.penumbratheatre.org.

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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Guthrie Theater celebrates 2010: A Year in Pictures

GUTHRIE THEATER CELEBRATES

2010: A YEAR IN PICTURES

  

TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE 21 MEMORABLE PRODUCTIONS FROM THE PAST 12 MONTHS

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

 

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) With a lineup of 21 memorable productions and presentations entertaining audiences from all corners of the globe, the Guthrie Theater has been a hub of non-stop activity during the past 12 months. As we close the year on yet another high note, with our sold-out run of The 39 Steps and all-new production of our holiday classic A Christmas Carol, we fondly remember Joe Dowling’s lean and muscular production of Macbeth, Kneehigh Theatre’s bubbly Brief Encounter, David Henry Hwang’s stunning M. Butterfly, Rebecca Gilman’s deftly fresh Dollhouse, the powerfully provocative Broadway-bound engagement of The Scottsboro Boys, John Miller-Stephany’s vivid staging of A Streetcar Named Desire, and the sweeping world premiere of The Master Butchers Singing Club.

 

We remember our exciting partnerships with London’s Tricycle Theatre (which brought its epic theatrical event The Great Game: Afghanistan to Guthrie audiences and played gracious host in London to the Guthrie/Berkeley Repertory production of Tiny Kushner), The Acting Company’s Romeo and Juliet and the National Theatre’s groundbreaking NT Live series.

 

The Guthrie also continued to play host to engaging Dowling Studio productions with our regional premiere of Annie Baker’s OBIE-winning Circle Mirror Transformation and the Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training collaborative piece, Macondo, in addition to presentations from local companies, including Mu Performing Arts, Theater Latté Da, Producing House, Four Humors Theater, Sandbox Theatre, Lamb Lays with Lion and New Theatre Group.

 

As the year comes to a close, the Guthrie gives thanks to the remarkable accomplishments of our artists, crew, staff and volunteers, as we prepares to present another busy and bright year of artistically gratifying experiences to audiences in Minneapolis and around the country, fulfilling our promise to be an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training.

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.

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Complete cast announced for Guthrie’s Winter’s Tale

HELEN CAREY, MICHAEL HAYDEN AND MICHAEL THOMAS HOLMES

TO LEAD CAST OF GUTHRIE THEATER’S
THE WINTER’S TALE
DIRECTED BY JONATHAN MUNBY

Previews begin January 29; Opening February 4;
Playing through March 27, 2011
on the Wurtele Thrust Stage at the Guthrie

(Minneapolis/St. Paul)The Guthrie Theater today announced complete casting for its upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. As previously announced, Jonathan Munby, whose directing credits include the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Donmar Warehouse and Birmingham Repertory Theatre in Britain and the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., will make his Guthrie debut to direct this late Shakespeare play, with a cast led by Guthrie favorite Helen Carey (Film: most recently Julie and Julia, Broadway: London Assurance, Guthrie: more than 25 productions including Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, The Cherry Orchard) as Paulina.

 

“Helen is such an incredible actress on many levels,” said Munby, “not just because of the power that she has, but her facility with language and her wit are everything that I needed for Paulina.”

Joining Carey in the cast will be Tony Award nominated actor Michael Hayden (Broadway: Judgment at Nuremberg, Guthrie: The Playboy of the Western World) as the Sicilian King Leontes, and actor Michael Thomas Holmes (Broadway: Oklahoma!, Guthrie: 1776) as Autolycus.

The cast will also feature Ansa Akyea (Archidamus), Christina Baldwin (Emilia) Raye Birk (Old Shepherd), John Catron (Young Shepherd), Bob Davis (Camillo), Sean Michael Dooley (Cleomenes), Tyson Forbes (Dion/Bear), Emily Gunyou Halaas (Mopsa), Juan Rivera Lebron (Florizel), Bill McCallum (Polixenes), Michelle O’Neill (Hermione), Suzanne Warmanen (Dorcas/Oracle), Christine Weber (Perdita) and Stephen Yoakam (Antigonus/Time). Noah Coon and Devon Solwold will share the role of Mamillius. Continue reading

Guthrie Theater’s Sea Change scores high marks in Zagat Survey

Guthrie Theater’s Sea Change Scores High Marks in 2011 Zagat Survey

(Minneapolis/St.Paul) Sea Change restaurant in Minneapolis joins the ranks of America’s Top Restaurants in the recently released 2011 Zagat Survey. Located in the stunning Guthrie Theater on the Mississippi Riverfront, Sea Change has a core menu focused on sustainable seafood and scored at the top of the “very good to excellent” category in all areas, with a 25 for food, 25 for décor and 24 for service.

According to Zagat, the pre-show set calls the Guthrie’s flagship eatery a “change for the better,” with “phenomenal” sustainable seafood served in “unique preparations,” brought by “courteous” servers alongside “amazing wines” and “cool drinks.” Reviewers also praised the theatrical setting, the open-kitchen bar and patios, all of which makes Sea Change “worth a visit even if you’re not attending” a play. Continue reading

Guthrie Theater unveils its all-new production of A Christmas Carol

GUTHRIE THEATER UNVEILS ITS ALL-NEW PRODUCTION OF
A CHRISTMAS CAROL

AS TWIN CITIES HOLIDAY TRADITION ENTERS ITS 36TH YEAR

Watch the Video: KARE-TV (NBC) takes a look at this all-new production

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid35036491001?bctid=689177785001

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Guthrie Theater’s all-new production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol received rave reviews, opening November 25 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage in Minneapolis. With a newly-commissioned script by British playwright Crispin Whittell, director Joe Dowling takes the reigns of this Twin Cities holiday tradition, which features a re-envisioned production from a new creative team – set designer Walt Spangler (Broadway: Desire Under the Elms, Hollywood Arms), costume designer Mathew J. LeFebvre, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Christopher Akerlind (Broadway: Superior Donuts, Top Girls, 110 in the Shade, Awake and Sing, Shining City, Well, Rabbit Hole, The Light in the Piazza, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Seven Guitars, among others), composer Keith Thomas, sound designer Scott W. Edwards and aerial flight director John Stead. British theater, television and film actor Daniel Gerroll plays the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the holiday production, which marks its 36th year on the Guthrie stage. Continue reading

Guthrie’s Joe Dowling directs Brian Dennehy in Keane’s The Field in Dublin

GUTHRIE THEATER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

JOE DOWLING

RETURNING TO DUBLIN TO DIRECT JOHN B. KEANE’S THE FIELD

STARRING

BRIAN DENNEHY

Limited engagement begins performances January 13 at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Guthrie Theater today announced that Artistic Director Joe Dowling will direct legendary stage actor Brian Dennehy in John B. Keane’s The Field in a limited run at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre beginning January 13. Dennehy plays the iconic role of ‘The Bull” McCabe in Keane’s award-winning play. The Field returns to the Olympia Theatre where it premiered more than 45 years ago and will run from January 13 through to February 12, then transfer to the INEC, Killarney, from February 15 through 17, followed by a transfer to the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, from February 24 through 26. Continue reading