By Andrew Gans
28 Aug 2012
Tales from Hollywood, described as a "biting comedy about German intellectual émigrés escaping Nazi Germany for the film industry in Los Angeles," will run Sept. 15-Oct. 27 on the Guthrie’s Wurtele Thrust Stage. Ethan McSweeny will direct.
The cast will feature Lee Sellars as the wry and knowing narrator Ödön von Horváth, "who takes the audience through a world of expatriates in Tinseltown"; Keir Dullea as novelist Heinrich Mann; Allison Daugherty as the turbulent and cynical Bertolt Brecht; Julia Coffey as Ödön’s love interest Helen Schwartz; Bob Davis as Nobel Prize-winning writer Thomas Mann; Laura Esping as his wife Katja Mann; Summer Hagen as Angel; Charity Jones as Marta Feuchtwanger; Barbara Kingsley as Salka Viertel; Bill McCallum in the dual roles of Art Nicely and Lion Feuchtwanger; Kris L. Nelson as Hal; Dan Shor in the dual roles of Charles Money and Jacob Lomakhin; John Skelley as Young Man; and Anna Sundberg as Helene Wiegel.
Appomattox, Hampton’s new play "bridging 1865 and 1965 and the American Civil War and Civil Rights Era," will run Sept. 29-Nov. 11 and will be directed by David Esbjornson.
The company will also feature M. Cochise Anderson as Col. Ely S. Parker/Chef, Mark Benninghofen in the dual roles of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Nicholas Katzenbach, Ernest Bentley as Union Guard/Jimmie Lee Jackson/John Lewis, Mark Boyett as George Wallace, David Anthony Brinkley as David Porter/James Bonard Fowler, Stephen Cartmell as Edward Alexander/Cartha DeLoach, Danny Robinson Clark as Old Man/Cager Lee, Tonia Jackson as Viola Jackson, Philip Kerr as Robert E. Lee/Richard Russell, Karen Landry as Mary Custis Lee, Michael Milligan as John Wilkes Booth/John Rawlins/Lee Harvey Oswald/Jack Valenti, Richard Ooms as Howell Cobb/Edgar Ray Killen, Angela Pierce as Julia Grant/Viola Liuzzo and Brian Reddy as Wilmer McLean and J. Edgar Hoover with Shá Cage, Brian James and Joe Nathan Thomas.
The American premiere of Embers, Hampton’s adaptation of a novel by Sándor Márai about "passion, truth and the passing of time, depicts two long-estranged friends reunited amid piercing unanswered questions," according to press notes. Artistic director Joe Dowling will direct. The production, which runs Oct. 9-27, will feature James A. Stephens as Henrik, Barbara Bryne as Nini and Nathaniel Fuller as Konrad.
Single tickets are now on sale by visiting www.guthrietheater.org.