Gross Indecency will overrun Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre Lab beginning Nov. 13, when the Moises Kaufman national hit begins previews. The show, directed by Ethan McSweeney, will open Nov. 18 and run through Dec. 6.
McSweeney will make his debut at the lab with Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. A Guthrie favorite, Richard S. Iglewshki, however, will take the role of Oscar Wilde. Jason Bowcutt (Never the Sinner) will be Lord Alfred Douglas. Also in the cast are J.C. Cutler, Shawn Hamilton and Keith Jochim.
For information, call (612) 377-2224.
The rest of the Guthrie season is as follows:
Nov. 20-Dec. 27: A Christmas Carol. Barbara Fields adapts Charles Dickens' holiday fable, which for the second year will feature the voice of Sir John Gielgud as narrator. Sari Ketter directs. According to an Associated Press report, an official from the Minneapolis theatre flew to London last year to tape Gielgud's recitation. "His voice will marry beautifully with those of the actors on stage and is a perfect fit with the language of Charles Dickens," said artistic director Dowling. Previous credits for the 93-year-old Gielgud include the National Theatre's 1947 Medea and Crime And Punishment, both of which played on Broadway. He debuted in 1921 at London's Old Vic and on Broadway in 1928's The Patriot. He also won an Oscar for Arthur.
Spokesperson Kemp Powers told Playbill On-Line, "We've done Christmas Carol for over 20 years. For a number of years, we had the narrator be someone portraying Dickens at the dinner table with his family. Last season we had various company members narrate throughout the story."
Jan. 15-Feb. 14, 1999: The Magic Fire. Lillian Garrett-Groag's autobiographical piece tells of her coming of age in Peron-era Argentina. Lippy Appel directs the drama (which world premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1997) for the Guthrie.
Feb. 26-Apr. 4, 1999: Julius Caesar. Artistic director Dowling will update Shakespeare's look at dirty politics in ancient Rome to the 20th Century.
Apr. 23-May 23, 1999: Summer and Smoke. In Tennessee Williams' drama of repression and longing, tightly-wrapped Alma falls in love with a dissolute doctor but won't admit it until too late.
For tickets ($15.50-$37.50) and subscription information ($48-$204) to Guthrie shows call (612) 377-2224.
-- By Robert Simonson
and David Lefkowitz