The Jon Marans play, which officially opens Sept. 13, will run in repertory with Theater Latté Da's recital of Robert Schumann's "Dichterliebe," the song cycle at the heart of the play. Performances continue through Oct. 5.
Directed by Peter Rothstein, the 1996 Pulitzer Prize finalist will feature Jonas Goslow as Stephen Hoffman and Raye Birk as Professor Josef Mashkan.
Old Wicked Songs, according to press notes, "tells the story of Stephen Hoffman (Jonas Goslow), a young American pianist suffering an artistic block, and Professor Josef Mashkan (Raye Birk), the aging Viennese musician who helps re-ignite his inspiration. Schumann's song cycle 'Dichterliebe' echoes throughout the work as a third 'character' in the play, with its structure and themes mirrored in the events on stage."
The creative team also includes John Clarke Donahue (scenic design), Amelia Cheever (costume design), Marcus Dilliard (lighting design) and Montana Johnson (sound design).
Baritone Bradley Greenwald and pianist Sonja Thompson will perform 'Dichterliebe' Sept. 21 and 28 and Oct. 5 in the Dowling Studio. The Guthrie is located at 818 South 2nd Street (at Chicago Avenue) in downtown Minneapolis. Tickets, priced $18-$35, are available by calling (612) 377-2224 or by visiting www.guthrietheater.org.
For more information visit www.theaterlatteda.org.