Arthur Miller Meets William Shakespeare in New Guthrie Play; 38-City Tour Planned

News   Arthur Miller Meets William Shakespeare in New Guthrie Play; 38-City Tour Planned The Guthrie Theater's regional tour of The Stuff of Dreams, which begins Feb. 18, will hit 38 cities in nine states before concluding May 11.

An original play commissioned by The Guthrie, The Stuff of Dreams, concerns a meeting between five characters from dramatic literature. Written by playwright Bill Corbett, the drama incorporates characters and dialogue from such works as Sophocles' Antigone, William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

The tour will kick off in Austin, Minnesota, at the Riverland Community College. Guthrie artistic director Joe Dowling recently said in a statement, "We're very proud to bring The Stuff of Dreams to so many cities in the region. This play allows the audience to see that human relationships are at the heart of theatre — that our theatrical imaginations can take us beyond our daily lives."

Directed by Jef Hall-Flavin, the cast of Stuff of Dreams includes Laura Esping as Nora Helmer, Brian A. Grandison as The Host, Jon Andrew Hegge as Cyrano de Bergerac, Ann Kim as Antigone and Mark Rosenwinkel as Willy Loman. Director Hall-Flavin explained that he's approaching the production very simply: "Since theatre is a very human art form, the emphasis is on the actors — they're featured by stripping away everything except the essentials. The hope is that this will engage the audience as active participants, not viewers of special effects. In this play, we focus on the imagination of the actors and the audience, so the possibilities are endless."

The complete 2003 tour of The Stuff of Dreams follows:

Feb 18 at the Riverland Community College in Austin, MN
Feb 19 at the Memorial Auditorium in Worthington, MN
Feb 20–21 at the O.B Laing Middle School in Algona, IA
Feb 26 (venue to be announced) in Pella, IA
Feb. 27 at the Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, IA
March 1 at the William Jewell College in Liberty, MO
March 4–5 at the The Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL
March 7–8 at The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN
March 11 at The Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes, WI
March 12–13 at the Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI
March 14–15 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais, MN
March 18 at The Reif Center in Grand Rapids, MN
March 20 at the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Moose Lake, MN
March 21 at the Moose Lake High School in Moose Lake, MN
March 22–23 at the Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN
March 25 at the Thief River Falls Community Arts Council in Thief River Falls, MN
March 26 at the Lake of the Woods High School in Baudette, MN
March 27 at the Fargo Senior High School in Fargo, ND
March 28 at the Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead, MN
April 1 at The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes, MN
April 3 at the A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls, MN
April 4 at the Pequot Lakes High School in Pequot Lakes, MN
April 5 at the Stillwater High School in Stillwater, MN
April 6 at the Boutwells Landing in Stillwater, MN
April 8 – 9 at the Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, MN
April 11 at the Lakeland College in Sheboygan, WI
April 14–15 at the Southwest State University in Marshall, MN
April 16 –17 at the Carleton College in Northfield, MN
April 22 – 23 at the Century High School in Rochester, MN
April 25 – 26 at the Cambridge High School in Cambridge, MN
April 29 at the Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD
May 1 at the Watertown High School in Watertown, SD
May 2 at the Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD
May 3 at the Jamestown College in Jamestown, ND
May 6 at the Minot State University in Minot, ND
May 10–11 Venue near Guthrie TBA for 40th Anniversary Celebration The Guthrie Theater is located at 725 Vineland Place in Minneapolis, MN. For more information visit www.guthrietheater.org or call (612) 347-1144. Tickets for each stop on the tour will be handle by each community's local box office.