Ice fishing season is drawing to a close, but the drama is just beginning in Nice Fish, the new world-premiere project from Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Rylance and poet Louis Jenkins, which begins performances April 6 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
Rylance, who has twice-quoted Jenkins' words during his Tony Award acceptance speeches, collaborated with the poet on the piece that is set on the last day of ice fishing season in the Upper Midwest.
Rylance and Claire van Kampen, who contributed original music to Nice Fish, co-direct the staging. It is based on Jenkins' prose. It will officially open April 12 and continue through May 18.
Rylance (Jerusalem, La Bete, Boeing-Boeing) stars as Ron in a cast that also features Jim Lichtscheidl (Arms and the Man, The 39 Steps) as Eric, Emily Swallow (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Flo, Chris Carlson (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, God of Carnage) as Wayne, Bob Davis (Tales from Hollywood, Arsenic and Old Lace) as DNR Officer and Tyson Forbes (Peer Gynt, 1776) as Wainwright.
According to the Guthrie, "Nice Fish centers on two men who have gone ice fishing on the last day of the season; the ice is melting and the DNR is watching. They are hoping for something essential, immortal, when a construction worker roars across the ice on his snowmobile, spear, dynamite and fancy dress in hand! And the last blizzard of the season is about to begin..."
Nice Fish features the work of Marcela Lorca (movement), Todd Rosenthal (scenic designer), Ilona Somogyi (costume designer), Mimi Sherin (lighting designer), Scott W. Edwards (sound designer) and Michael Lupu (dramaturg).
You're invited to spend an evening filled with personal tales of difficult choices, bad breaks, worse men and some of the most glorious songs ever written. It's an intimate evening, up close with a legend.
So pull up a chair and order up a drink. Because she's got a life to sing. Tickets as low as $85!
Fuerza Bruta Wayra
Here Lies Love
On The Town
Piece of My Heart
Scenes From A Marriage
Sex With Strangers
The Country House
The Good and The True
This is Our Youth
You Can't Take It With You