The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis has announced its 2016-17 mainstage program, which will mark artistic director Joseph Haj’s inaugural season. The nine productions will include Sense and Sensibility, King Lear, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Sunday in the Park with George, The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders, The Lion in Winter, The Royal Family, Refugia and Native Gardens.
The newly announced productions will be presented on the Wurtele Thrust Stage and the McGuire Proscenium Stage, beginning with Sense and Sensibility September 10. The adaptation by Kate Hamill is scheduled to run through October 29.
Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, adapted by Lydia R. Diamond and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, is scheduled to begin April 15, 2017, and run through May 21. The coming-of-age drama follows a young black girl in 1940’s Ohio and tackles issues of racism and change.
“Over the last number of months, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to really get to know our patrons in the Twin Cities and the region and discover what inspires theatergoers here,” said Haj in a statement. “Today, I am proud to announce a subscription season featuring nine plays that, at their core, tell dynamic, captivating and engaging stories worthy of our audience and the greater community. These were my imperatives in assembling my first season as the Guthrie’s artistic director, and I am excited to share it with our audience.”
For more information and to purchase subscription packages, visit www.guthrietheater.org.