This tour, the third joint tour for the two Tony Award-winning companies, will feature co-productions of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and The Comedy of Errors.
Romeo and Juliet, directed by Penny Metropulos, will begin the season at Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts Oct. 22-24, 2010, and will conclude April 4-17, 2011, with The Comedy of Errors, directed by Ian Belknap, at Pace. The productions are part of the Shaksepare at Pace series, which will also include presentations by Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London and Theatre for a New Audience.
Margot Harley, the producing artistic director of The Acting Company, said in a statement, “The cast of thirteen young actors will include Acting Company alumni as well as graduates of Guthrie’s B.F.A. program and Guthrie Experience students. We will perform in 32 communities in 20 states. I am so pleased with our continuing collaboration with the Guthrie; Joe Dowling and I share a passion for developing young actors and a diverse national audience for the theater. We will play many communities with little or no access to live theater such as Brainerd, MN, Poplar Bluff, MO, Sandusky, OH, Potsdam, NY, Maryville, TN and Statesboro, GA. At least 70% of our audience is attending the theater for the first time.”
The Acting Company was founded in New York in 1972 by Harley and producer-actor John Houseman with members of the first graduating class of The Julliard School's Drama Division, including Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone. Since its founding, the company has performed 135 productions in 48 states and 10 countries. In addition to Kline and LuPone, its alumni include Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, Harriet Harris, Jesse L. Martin, Rainn Wilson, David Ogden Stiers and Keith David.
The Guthrie Theater was founded in 1963 in Minneapolis by Sir Tyrone Guthrie, and has become a major regional center for theatre production and training. Artistic director Joe Dowling has headed the company since 1995.