The final piece of the Guthrie Theater's Christopher Hampton puzzle arrives with a United States premiere of a play that is a marked contrast to the massive undertakings of Appomattox and Tales From Hollywood. In place of the epic sweep and massive casts, Embers presents a three-actor piece based on a novel by Sándor Márai, drawn from the translation by Carol Brown Janeway. Embers represents a "side of Christopher that is interesting: adapting work from other work. It is something he really enjoys," says the Guthrie's Joe Dowling, who directs the production. The play centers on Konrad and Henrik. The pair were best friends until Konrad went away without explanation. Four decades later, Konrad returns, allowing the secret of his leaving to be explored at last. Embers was a play Hampton "had done in London with Jeremy Irons, but not here in America," Dowling says. The Guthrie cast includes Nathaniel Fuller as Konrad, James A. Stephens as Henrik, and Barbara Byrne as Nini. The production is in previews through October 11.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Oct. 9. Continues through Oct. 27, 2012