DruidSynge Continues Guthrie Opening Celebration

News   DruidSynge Continues Guthrie Opening Celebration The North American premiere of DruidSynge, which begins performances June 27, continues the Guthrie Theater's celebration of its new three-theatre home on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Directed by Garry Hynes, the production features the Druid Theatre Company, which is based in Galway, Ireland, in the complete works of John Millington Synge. The limited engagement will play the Guthrie's new McGuire Proscenium Stage through July 1.

DruidSynge offer six Synge works: The Shadow of the Glen, The Playboy of the Western World, The Tinker's Wedding, The Well of the Saints, Riders to the Sea and Deirdre of the Sorrows. The cast comprises Sarah-Jane Drummey, Richard Flood, Simone Kirby, Mick Lally, Marcus Lamb, Nick Lee, Louise Lewis, Eoin Lynch, Hannah McCabe, Charlie McCarthy, Aaron Monaghan, Eamon Morrissey, Marie Mullen, Derry Power, Peg Power, Gemma Reeves and Catherine Walsh.

In a statement Guthrie Artistic Director Joe Dowling said, "It is indeed a thrill to bring this celebrated work to the Guthrie. I'm quite proud that the Guthrie is offering this stunning work from my native country to America for the first time.

The DruidSynge creative team also includes Francis O’Connor (design), David Bolger (movement), Kathy Strachan (costumes), Davy Cunningham (lighting), John Leonard (sound) and Sam Jackson (music).

The Guthrie Theater is located at 818 2nd Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. For tickets call (612) 377-2224 or (877) 44 STAGE. For more information visit www.guthrietheater.org. *

The opening celebrations at the Guthrie began June 24 with Guthrie Opening Night: A Midsummer's Celebration, which was hosted by Artistic Director Dowling. Osmo Vänskä conducted the Minnesota Orchestra, and the star-studded cast boasted founding Guthrie members Zoe Caldwell and George Grizzard. The performance, directed by Gary Gisselman, also featured Lauren Asheim, Christina Baldwin, Angela Bassett, Barbara Bryne, Helen Carey, Len Cariou, Patricia Conolly, Amanda Detmer, Santino Fontana, Peter Michael Goetz, Richard Iglewski, T. R. Knight, Audra McDonald, Ann Michels, Tinia Moulder, Lee Mark Nelson, Isabell Monk O’Connor, Jennifer Baldwin Peden, Randy Reyes, Kersten Rodau, Jeveeta Steele and the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, Courtney B. Vance, Suzanne Warmanen, Sally Wingert and Stephen Yoakam.

The Great Gatsby will follow DruidSynge, beginning performances July 15 at the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Directed by David Esbjornson, Gatsby will open for the press July 21 and will play through Sept. 10. Gatsby will mark the official reopening of the Guthrie Theater.

The original Guthrie Theatre was founded in the early sixties by Sir Tyrone Guthrie, who hoped to create a theatre "with a resident acting company that would perform the classics in rotating repertory with the highest professional standards."

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