Peer Gynt, with Mark Rylance, Begins Guthrie Run Jan. 12

News   Peer Gynt, with Mark Rylance, Begins Guthrie Run Jan. 12 The Guthrie staging of Peer Gynt, which features a new adaptation of the Ibsen classic by Robert Bly, begins performances on the Guthrie's Wurtele Thrust Stage Jan. 12.
Mark Rylance and Jim Lichtscheidl in rehearsal for Peer Gynt
Mark Rylance and Jim Lichtscheidl in rehearsal for Peer Gynt Photo by Michal Daniel

Former Shakespeare Globe associate director Tim Carroll helms the production, which will officially open Jan. 18 and continue through March 2. Mark Rylance, who is expected to make his Broadway debut in the London hit Boeing Boeing later this spring, stars in the title role at the Guthrie.

Rylance is joined onstage by Matthew Amendt, Richard S. Iglewski, Jim Lichtscheidl, Michelle O'Neill, Jonas Goslow, Isabell Monk O'Connor, Tracey Maloney, Bill McCallum and Tyson Forbes. The 19-member Peer Gynt ensemble also features Maha Chehlaoui, Miriam Silverman, Marisa Jacobus, Jake Speikers, Richard Ooms, Catherine Johnson Justice, Phyllis Wright, Mac Rasmus and Alexis Gaither.

Peer Gynt, according to press notes, is described as such: "He is arrogant, manipulative, and dishonest, yet we can't take our eyes off him. He is Peer Gynt. Bold, raucous and satirically funny, this charming fantasy play captures the misadventures of the charismatic Peer Gynt on a journey to find his place in the world."

Creative duties for Peer Gynt are handled by Laura Hopkins (set and costume design), Stan Pressner (lighting designer), Scott W. Edwards (sound design), Claire Van Kampen (composer), Carla Steen (dramaturg), Lucinda Holshue (voice and dialect coach) and Marcela Lorca (movement).

Mark Rylance was formerly the artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London. His previous appearances at the Guthrie include roles in Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night. The Guthrie is located at 818 South 2nd Street (at Chicago Avenue) in downtown Minneapolis. For tickets call (877) 44-STAGE or visit www.guthrietheater.org.

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The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is "an American center for theatre performance, production, education and professional training." The Twin Cities' based Frank Theatre, founded in 1989, is a "professional theatre company committed to producing unique work which stretches the skills of the artists who create the work while simultaneously challenging the everyday perceptions of the audience through the exploration of ideas and issues of social, political and/or cultural concern."

Bill McCallum and members of the ensemble in rehearsal for <i>Peer Gynt</i> at the Guthrie.
Bill McCallum and members of the ensemble in rehearsal for Peer Gynt at the Guthrie. Photo by Michal Daniel