Guthrie's 2006-2007 Season to Feature Gatsby, Yonkers, Venice, 1776 and More

News   Guthrie's 2006-2007 Season to Feature Gatsby, Yonkers, Venice, 1776 and More The Guthrie Theater's first season in its new facility in downtown Minneapolis will feature five productions on its Thrust Stage, five productions on the Proscenium Stage and three works in the Studio Theater.

The season on the Thrust Stage will kick off July 15 with F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy, Fitzgerald's Jazz Age masterpiece will be directed by David Esbjornson and will run through Sept. 10.

Neil Simon's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning opus Lost in Yonkers will follow, playing Sept. 23-Nov. 12. Directed by Gary Gissleman, Yonkers concerns a New York family in the midst of a crisis in summer 1942.

Barbara Feld's adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol — also directed by Gissleman — will be on view Nov. 26-Dec. 31, and Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice will be the first offering of the New Year on the Thrust. Directed by Joe Dowling, Venice will play March 10-May 6, 2007.

The Thrust season will conclude with the Tony-winning musical 1776. The Sherman Edwards-Peter Stone musical about the writing of the Declaration of Independence will be directed by John Miller-Stephany and will run June 23-Aug. 26.

The plays of John Millington Synge will begin the Proscenium Stage season. Directed by Tony winner Garry Hynes, DruidSynge will play June 27-July 1, 2006. Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing — directed by Guthrie Artistic Director Joe Dowling — will follow, playing Aug. 5-Sept. 4. Alfred Uhry's Edgardo Mine, which had been scheduled for the current Guthrie season, will now play the Minneapolis venue Nov. 4-Dec. 17. Directed by Mark Lamos, the play is based on David I. Kertzer's book "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara" and concerns the true story of a Jewish boy who was taken from his family and raised Catholic.

The classic Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie, directed by Joe Dowling, and George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, directed by Lisa Peterson, will complete the Proscenium Stage season. Menagerie will run Jan. 20-March 25, 2007, and Barbara will be offered May 5-June 17.

The three offerings on the Studio Theater stage include Jeffrey Hatcher's The Falls (directed by Bill Rauch, Aug. 19-Sept. 10), Hatcher's The Boys (directed by Joe Dowling, Nov. 16-19) and Julie Marie Myatt's Boats on a River (directed by Michael Bigelow Dixon, May 19-June 10, 2007).

Subscriptions for the 2006-2007 Guthrie season will go on sale May 15 by calling (612) 377-2224. Single tickets will go on sale June 5. Visit www.guthrietheater.org for more information.