The line-up will begin with James Maxwell's adaptation of Jane Austen's evergreen novel of manners, "Pride and Prejudice." Artistic director Joe Dowling will direct. Dates are July 26-Aug. 30, 2003. The season continues with a Sept. 20-Oct. 19 run of Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana. John Miller-Stephany pilots the drama. The Off-Broadway success, Regina Taylor's Crowns, will take up the third slot on the Mainstage, Jan 10-Feb. 8, 2004, with Timothy Bond at the helm. The Mainstage season is completed by Romeo and Juliet (Feb. 28-April 11), directed by Ethan McSweeny; and Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance (May 8-June 13, 2004), directed by Dowling.
The classics on the Mainstage will be countered by a season of contemporary drama at the Guthrie Lab, beginning with Joan Holden's adaptation of Barbara Ehrenreich's examination of working for minimum wage in America, Nickel and Dimed. The show, which was praised in its West Coast premiere last year, will be directed by Bill Rausch, Aug. 9-31, 2003. David Mamet's exercise of drawing room comedy, Boston Marriage, will have its Midwest premiere at the Guthrie, Jan 31-Feb. 22, 2004, with Doug Mercer, followed by a June 5-27, 2004, production of Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange, recently seen at the Atlantic Theatre Company Off-Broadway. Casey Stangl directs.
Finally, the Lab will boast a new mounting of Othello by Dowling, running Nov. 1-Dec. 21, 2003, which will subsequently go out on tour.