The Guthrie Theater announced 11 main stage shows for its 2012-13 50th anniversary season Monday afternoon, including a new piece by prolific playwright Christopher Hampton.
Joe Dowling went to social media to make the announcement, which was broadcast on the Guthrie's Facebook page. The company's director will continue to answer questions about the season through the week on the site.
The Hampton premiere, Appomattox, is part of a celebration of Hampton's work this fall at the downtown Minneapolis theater. The epic play bridges the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Two other works, Tales from Hollywood on the McGuire Proscenium and Total Eclipse in the Dowling Studio, are also part of the series. Other events include screenings of films penned by Hampton and several public lectures and appearances.
Other highlights of the season include new works by Crispin Whittell and Mark Rylance, the return of Steven Epp to the Guthrie stage, a production of a Eugene O'Neill classic, and a pair of all-male Shakespeare comedies.
Season-ticket subscriptions, ranging in price from $70 to $625, include all shows except A Christmas Carol, and go on sale June 21. Individual tickets for the Hampton plays go on sale July 10. A Christmas Carol tickets go on sale September 4, and all other individual tickets will be on sale August 10. For more information, call 612.377.2224 or visit online.
The announcement for the Dowling Studio productions will be made at a later date.
The 2012-13 Guthrie Season:
On the Wurtele Thrust Stage
Tales from Hollywood
Sept, 15 - Oct. 27, 2012
Bertolt Brecht, Thomas and Heinrich Mann, and other European expats found themselves in Los Angeles during the 1930s and 1940s, penning screenplays and wondering about their lives in exile.
A Christmas Carol
Nov.13 - Dec, 29, 2012
J.C. Cutler returns for the second year as Scrooge, as Flying Foot Forum's Joe Chvala directs Chrispen Whittell's adaptation.
Long Day's Journey into Night
Jan. 12 - Feb, 23
Joe Dowling teams with Helen Carey and Peter Michael Goetz for O'Neill's massive look at his own dysfunctional family.
Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew
Feb, 27 - April 6 2013
Britain's all-male Propeller, under the direction of Edward Hall, presents a pair of Shakespeare comedies in repertory.
The Primrose Path
April 27 - June 15, 2013
Crispin Whittell (the Guthrie's A Christmas Carol) adapts Ivan Turgenev's Home of the Gentry for the stage.
July 6 - Aug. 31, 2013
Washington corruption and a showgirl mistress collide in this production.
On the McGuire Proscenium Stage
Sept, 29 - Nov, 11
Premiere of a new play by Christopher Hampton, adapted from a libretto written for a Phillip Glass opera that debuted in 2007.
The Servant of Two Masters
Dec, 1, 2012 - Jan. 20
Steven Epp stars in and Christopher Bayes directs this production of Carlo Goldoni's commedia dell'arte masterpiece.
Other Desert Cities
Feb. 9 - March 24
Plans for a memoir threaten to tear a family apart in this Peter-Rothstein-directed show.
April 6 - May 18, 2013
World premiere of a new work, written by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins, from a book of poetry by Jenkins.
June 1 - Aug. 4, 2013
Bruce Norris's 2011 Pulitzer Prize winning play explores a half-century of life in a Chicago neighborhood as a response to Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in the Sun.