Playwright David Goldstein is bringing a revamped version of his 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival hit to the Guthrie's Dowling Studio for a three-week run. Skiing on Broken Glass, a play about a writer and the young male escort he befriends, is directed by the Guthrie's artistic director, Joe Dowling. For this production, Goldstein has made a few changes, including expanding the number of characters and ditching narration that was originally used to stitch the piece together. "A lot of the reviews and audience responses liked the characters and wanted to know more about them. I thought about it, and decided to take out the narration and go with action and new characters and scenes," says Goldstein. This opened up the characters, and allowed Goldstein to deepen the play's central conflict, much at the suggestion of director Dowling, who saw the original Fringe production. "I came to realize he was 100 percent right [about making changes]," he says. The playwright had spent some time over the last couple of years working on a revised production, and was surprised when Dowling stepped in and said the Guthrie should mount it. "He shocked me more by saying that he was the one who should direct it. I was speechless," says Goldstein.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 7 p.m. Starts: Oct. 29. Continues through Nov. 17, 2013