Roger Rees Will Direct Primrose Path at the Guthrie; Complete Cast Announced

By Andrew Gans
04 Mar 2013

Complete casting has been announced for the Guthrie Theater's upcoming production of The Primrose Path, which will begin previews April 27 prior to an official opening May 3 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.



Crispin Whittell's bittersweet romance, which is based upon the novel "Home of the Gentry" by Ivan Turgenev, will be directed by Tony winner Roger Rees. Performances will continue through June 15.

The cast will feature Kyle Fabel as Theodore Lavretsky, Suzy Kohane as Liza and Sally Wingert as Maria with Christian L. Bardin as A Maid from Mtsensk, Candace Barrett Birk as Martha, Tom Bloom as Lemm, Nathaniel Fuller as The Retainer at Vasilyevskoye, Hugh Kennedy as Panshin, Ann Michels as A Lady from St. Petersburg and Jim Stanek as Mikhalevich.

"The story of Lavretsky, who returns to his run-down estate in Russia to escape from his life in Paris, The Primrose Path," according to the Guthrie, "is a tale of passion and change that combines wit and humor with a profound and compelling romance. After Lavretsky meets the young and beautiful Liza, whose grace and spirituality captivate his previously jaded spirit, he is torn between the weight of his past and an optimistic vision that may or may not come to pass."

The artistic team includes Neil Patel (set designer), Fabio Toblini (costume designer), Jeff Croiter (lighting designer), Wayne Barker (composer), C. Andrew Mayer (sound designer), Michael Lupu (dramaturg), Andrew Wade (voice and dialect coach), Chris A. Code (stage manager), Justin Hossle (assistant stage manager) and Natalie Novacek (assistant director).

Single tickets start at $29 and are now on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at (612) 377-2224 and online at www.guthrietheater.org.