Directed by Joe Dowling, His Girl Friday will begin previews July 2 with an official opening set for July 15. The production will play through July 31. As first reported by Playbill.com Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance will star as former spouses Hildy Johnson and Walter Burns. The cast will also feature Peter Michael Goetz as the Mayor, Reginald Vel Johnson as the Sheriff and Barbara Bryne as Mrs. Baldwin.
The company also includes Matthew Amendt (Sweeney), Raye Birk (McCue), Bryan Clark (Frank), Zach Curtis (Diamond Louie), Bob Davis (Reporter), Kate Eifrig (Molly Malloy), Wayne A. Evenson (Woodenshoes), Joel Friedman (Minister), Jonas Goslow (Carl), Shawn Hamilton (Endicott), Terry Hempleman (Kruger), Karl Kenzler (Bruce), Jim Lichtscheidl (Bensinger), Bill McCallum (Reporter), Kris L. Nelson (Earl Holub) and Mark Rosenwinkel (Silas F. Pinkus).
His Girl Friday, according to production notes, is set in a 1930's press room awaiting "the pending execution or possible last-minute reprieve of a convicted killer. Caught up in the frenzy is former husband and wife team Walter Burns and Hildy Johnson, who join forces to uncover an even bigger story of corruption and scandal while managing to rekindle their old romance. It’s a comic look at tabloid journalism and political corruption with a hilarious collection of unscrupulous, bumbling and lovable characters."
His Girl Friday, an adaptation of the 1939 Howard Hawks film of the same name and the 1928 play The Front Page, premiered at the National Theatre in 2003. Angela Bassett has appeared in productions of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Colored People's Time, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Antigone and Pericles. Her film credits include "Mr. 3000," "The Lazarus Child," "What's Love Got to Do With It," "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and "Boyz N the Hood."
Courtney B. Vance received Tony nominations for his performances in Fences and Six Degrees of Separation and won an Obie Award for his work in My Children, My Africa. His feature film credits include "Hamburger Hill," "The Hunt for Red October," "Cookie's Fortune," "Preacher's Wife" and "Love and Action in Chicago."
Tickets, priced $15-$50, are available by calling (612) 377-2224. The Guthrie Theater is located at 725 Vineland Place in Minneapolis, MN. Visit www.guthrietheater.org for more information.