Guthrie announces 2011-2012 season

There will be world premieres, old classics, Shakespeare, and, of course, A Christmas Carol onstage during the Guthrie Theater's 2011-2012 season, which was announced Monday evening at a program on the McGuire Proscenium Stage, and streamed live over the theater's Facebook page.

In all, 14 shows were announced for performances on the theater's three stages during the hour-long program. This includes a stage adaptation of Roman Holiday, featuring the music of Cole Porter; and The End of the Rainbow, a new work about the last days of Judy Garland.

In response to a question from the audience, Artistic Director Joe Dowling said, while noting that the whole season excited him, that he was interested to see the latter piece at the Guthrie. He also singled out a production of a Neil Simon play.

"I'm very excited to see Raye (Birk) and Peter (Michael Goetz) in The Sunshine Boys. And if they don't behave themselves, Sally and Kristine are waiting," Dowling said, referring to Sally Wingert and Kristine Nielsen, the stars of the current run of Arsenic and Old Lace.

On The Wurtele Thrust, the season starts with Much Ado About Nothing, and then includes A Christmas Carol, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Noel Coward's Hay Fever, A Penumbra Theatre production of Amen Corner, and The Sunshine Boys.

The McGuire Proscenium opens with The Burial at Thebes, a new adaptation of Antigone by Seamus Heaney and directed by Marcela Lorca, whose past work includes Caroline, or Change. Original music will be created by J.D. Steele.

Other shows on the stage include Charlie's Aunt, which will offer a second holiday option at the theater along with A Christmas Carol; End of the Rainbow, Time Stands Still, and the American premiere of Roman Holiday.

The Guthrie will produce several shows in the Dowling Studio this year, along with hosting other area theater companies in the space, said Guthrie Associate Director of Studio Programming Benjamin McGovern.

The studio season opens with Adam Rapp's The Edge of Our Bodies, followed by the latest partnership with the Acting Company, Julius Caesar. It ends with the American premiere of Connor McPherson's The Birds. The stage play is based on the same Daphne du Maurier short story that Hitchcock used for his film of the same name.

"McPherson went back to the short story and adapted it for the modern day," McGovern said.

For more information on the season and season tickets, visit online.

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