By Andrew Gans
15 May 2009
|Photo by Michal Daniel|
Originally scheduled to begin performances May 9 with an official opening scheduled for May 15, the production was delayed by a week. "As planned," a Guthrie spokesperson recently told Playbill.com, "the technical rehearsals [began] May 5, but after discussions with Tony Kushner and [director] Michael Greif, [Guthrie artistic director] Joe Dowling decided to give the actors additional rehearsal time on the stage."
Opening night will now be May 22.
The title of Kushner's new play, according to the Guthrie, is inspired by two 19th-century thinkers and their works — George Bernard Shaw's The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism and Mary Baker Eddie's Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
The play, according to press notes, "looks at the life of a 20th-century thinker, retired longshoreman Gus Marcantonio (filmmaker, actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Michael Cristofer), who's feeling confused and defeated by the 21st century. In summer 2007, he invites his sister and his three children (who in turn bring along spouses, ex-spouses, lovers and more) to a most unusual family reunion in their Brooklyn brownstone."
The creative team also includes Mark Wendland (set designer), Clint Ramos (costume designer), Kevin Adams (lighting designer), Ken Travis (sound designer), Michael Friedman (music), Jo Holcomb (dramaturgy), Elisa Carlson (voice and dialect coach), Martha Kulig (stage manager), Chris A. Code (assistant stage manager), Justin Hossle (assistant stage manager) and David Alpert (assistant director).
The production, part of the Guthrie's Kushner Celebration, will play through June 28.
Tickets are available by calling (612) 377-2224, or (877) 44-STAGE or by visiting www.guthrietheater.org.