Guthrie's 2013-14 Season to Include Tribes, My Fair Lady, Crimes of the Heart, The Mountaintop, Vanya and Sonia… and More

News   Guthrie's 2013-14 Season to Include Tribes, My Fair Lady, Crimes of the Heart, The Mountaintop, Vanya and Sonia… and More
Guthrie director Joe Dowling has announced the 12 mainstage productions for the theatre’s 2013-14 season. The 51st season will include first-time Guthrie productions of playwrights Beth Henley and Nina Raine, classics on the Wurtele Thrust Stage directed by Dowling and Marion McClinton, WorldStage Series presentations of returning companies Kneehigh Theatre and Out of Joint and more.

“This upcoming season is marked by a terrific balance of classics, contemporary works and playwrights whose work I’m immensely excited to see on our stages,” said Dowling in a statement. “This is a season that fulfills our mission looking forward toward the Guthrie’s next half-century, telling great stories in a way that engages our community and furthers the dialogue of the theater.”

For more information or to purchase tickets or season subscriptions, call the Guthrie Theater Box Office at (612) 377-2224 or visit

The season at a glance follows:

On the Wurtele Thrust Stage

September 14 – October 27, 2013
Uncle Vanya
by Anton Chekhov
in a version by Brian Friel
directed by Joe Dowling
Opening Night: Friday, September 20
 "Uncle Vanya and his niece Sonya work their small estate, living frugally and keeping their emotions tightly reined in when they are visited by a relative and his beautiful young wife and uncontrolled passions cause their regulated lives to implode. Brian Friel pens a stripped-down take on this 1899 classic by Anton Chekhov that tightens its diction in English and sharpens in confrontations."

November 14 – December 29, 2013
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Crispin Whittell
directed by Joe Chvala
Opening Night: Saturday, November 20
"The Guthrie’s perennial holiday favorite, which received a new adaptation by Crispin Whittell in 2010, continues the theater’s holiday tradition for the 39th year, telling the story of old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve."

March 8 – April 20, 2014
Othello, the Moor of Venice
by William Shakespeare
directed by Marion McClinton
Opening Night: Friday, March 14
"One of Shakespeare’s four major tragedies, this story of sweeping passions and murderous jealousy is a meditation about the power of love, and the destructiveness of doubt and suspicion triggered by one of literature’s most manipulative villains. Renowned director Marion McClinton interprets this devastating story of cultural diversity, race, and the complexities of ambition and trust."

May 3 – June 15, 2014
Crimes of the Heart
by Beth Henley
directed by Marcela Lorca
Opening Night: Friday, May 9
"Beth Henley’s warm-hearted and irreverent play depicts the plight of three young Mississippi sisters gathered in their hometown to await news of their hospitalized grandfather. With troubles in life and with the law, the Magrath sisters navigate their pasts to seize the future, in an imaginative and touching story that won the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award."

June 28 – August 31, 2014
My Fair Lady
book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
music by Frederick Loewe
based on Pygmalion
by George Bernard Shaw
directed by Joe Dowling
Opening Night: Friday, July 4
"Based on George Bernard Shaw’s classic play Pygmalion, Lerner and Loewe’s musical tells the story of Covent Garden flower peddler Eliza Doolittle who agrees to take speech lessons from Henry Higgins in order to fulfill her dream of working in a flower shop. Helping to define the modern theater musical," My Fair Lady includes such unforgettable numbers as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain” and “On the Street Where You Live.”

On the McGuire Proscenium Stage

October 5 – November 10, 2013
by Nina Raine
directed by Wendy C. Goldberg
Opening Night: Friday, October 11
 "Billy, a young man born deaf into a hearing family, meets a young woman from a deaf family who introduces him to sign language and the confidence and sense of belonging he feels within the deaf community. Along with the rest of his family, Billy embarks on a journey of expression, finding his voice in the world and understanding the meaning of the 'tribes' that each of us are born into."

November 23, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Born Yesterday
by Garson Kanin
directed by John Miller-Stephany
Opening Night: Friday, November 29
"When a corrupt businessman on the rise heads to Washington to influence a senator, he soon realizes that his showgirl mistress Billie will need polish and education if he’s going to get ahead. He hires a newspaperman for the task, but gets more than he bargained for when Billie begins to piece together her boyfriend’s business dealings as well as how to exert some influence of her own."

February 13 – March 23, 2014
The Guthrie Theater’s WorldStage Series
a Kneehigh Theatre production of
Tristan and Yseult
by Anna Maria Murphy & Carl Grose
adapted and directed by Emma Rice
Opening Night: Friday, February 14
"A king at war falls in love with his enemy’s sister in a tale of forbidden desires and broken hearts. The acclaimed Kneehigh Theatre, who previously brought Brief Encounter to the Guthrie, returns with a blend of comedy, live music, grand passions and tender truths."

March 22 – April 19, 2014
The Guthrie Theater presents
a Penumbra Theatre Company production of
The Mountaintop
by Katori Hall
directed by Lou Bellamy
Opening Night: Friday, March 22
"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has just delivered one of his most memorable speeches and is trying to craft the next one when a mysterious woman arrives and a reflective, often funny and touching conversation begins. Taking place the night before Dr. King’s assassination, The Mountaintop reimagines events in which he examines his history-changing achievements, his failures and his unfinished dreams."

April 22 – May 4, 2014
The Acting Company in association with
the Guthrie Theater presents
by William Shakespeare
directed by Ian Belknap
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
by Tom Stoppard
directed by John Rando
Opening Night: Friday, April 22
"Shakespeare’s story of a Danish prince and his search for vengeance, justice and truth plays in repertory with Tom Stoppard’s reworking of the same tragedy from the point of view of two minor characters and their static existence in a world beyond their comprehension."

May 22 – June 29, 2014
The Guthrie Theater’s WorldStage Series
an Out of Joint production of
Our Country’s Good
by Timberlake Wertenbaker
based on The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally
directed by Max Stafford-Clark
Opening Night: Friday, May 23
"The British international touring company Out of Joint presents the story of a production of a British Restoration comedy that is directed by jailers and acted by a cast of criminals in a 1780 Australian penal colony. When a Second Lieutenant seeks to advance his career by placing himself in charge, he faces difficulties both from his largely illiterate cast as well as those who believe that criminals are irredeemable."

July 19 – August 31, 2014
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang
directed by Joel Sass
Opening Night: Friday, July 25
"In present-day Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Vanya and his stepsister Sonia have lived their entire lives in their family’s farmhouse while their sister has been traveling the world as an actress and movie star; their cleaning woman warns them about terrible events in their future in this comedy that mixes characters and themes from Chekhov with hilarious and occasionally touching results."

In the Dowling Studio

October 29 – November 17, 2013
Skiing on Broken Glass
by David Goldstein
directed by Joe Dowling
Opening Night: November 1

February 25 – March 16, 2014
Freud’s Last Session
by Mark St. Germain
directed by TBD
Opening Night: February 28

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