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2017-2018 Student Matinees

Guthrie Theater

818 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55415


Romeo and Juliet

September 9, 2017 - October 28, 2017

by William Shakespeare
directed by Joseph Haj

A timeless tale of star-crossed lovers

It’s a story so well-known it scarcely needs an introduction, yet surprisingly the Guthrie has produced it just twice before. Set in Verona, where the rival houses of Capulet and Montague have had a long-standing feud, Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of star-crossed lovers, filled with all the passion of young love. Underscored by ingenious wit and astonishing beauty, the play pits the bitterness of resentment against the intensity of romance.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: Wurtele Thrust Stage


Watch on the Rhine

September 30, 2017 - November 5, 2017

by Lillian Hellman
directed by Lisa Peterson

A classic political thriller

Set in 1940, Fanny Farrelly is expecting the arrival of her daughter Sara, Sara’s German husband Kurt, and their children who have fled Europe due to Kurt’s role in the anti-Nazi resistance movement. When a Romanian houseguest who is a Nazi supporter discovers Kurt’s identity, he threatens to expose him. Published in 1941 by Lillian Hellman, a brilliant activist who was ahead of her time, Watch on the Rhine is a timely examination of moral obligation, sacrifice and what it means to be American.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: McGuire Proscenium Stage


A Christmas Carol

November 14, 2017 - December 30, 2017

by Charles Dickens
adapted by Crispin Whittell
directed by Lauren Keating

A Twin Cities holiday tradition

A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a perennial favorite that continues our holiday tradition for the 43rd year. Now is the time to experience this cherished production with your loved ones!

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 9 years or older but admits children as young as 5 years.
Stage: Wurtele Thrust Stage


Blithe Spirit

November 25, 2017 - January 14, 2018

by Noël Coward
directed by David Ivers

A high-spirited farce

It’s summertime in Kent, and Charles Condomine is working on his latest novel, The Unseen. As part of his research he and his wife Ruth host a séance with an eccentric medium known as Madame Arcati and invite their friends to play along. But the evening takes a supernatural turn when Arcati conjures Charles’ deceased first wife, who doesn’t have plans to leave. Lighthearted and endearing, this otherworldly classic is sure to tickle your goosebumps.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: McGuire Proscenium Stage


Indecent

February 17, 2018 - March 24, 2018

by Paula Vogel
conceived by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman
directed by Wendy Goldberg

A theatrical play with music

Inspired by the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance – a play that follows a Jewish brothel owner and the lesbian romance between his 17-year-old daughter and a prostitute – Indecent charts the journey of a drama upheld as a groundbreaking piece of Jewish literature by some, and an act of obscenity by others. An ensemble of eight plays music as well as nearly 40 roles to shed light on one of the most fascinating scandals in theater history.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: Wurtele Thrust Stage


Familiar

March 10, 2018 - April 14, 2018

by Danai Gurira
directed by Taibi Magar

A boisterous family drama

There’s something old, something new and something borrowed in this feisty, heart-warming play about a Zimbabwean-American family preparing for their daughter Tendi’s wedding. Marvelous and Donald have built their American dream in Minnesota, so when Tendi requests a traditional African blessing before marrying her white fiancé from Minnetonka and a surprise guest drops a bombshell, the rehearsal dinner can’t come soon enough. Family fireworks are interwoven with questions of cultural identity in this acclaimed play.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: McGuire Proscenium Stage


Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

April 7, 2018 - May 27, 2018

by Todd Kreidler
based on the screenplay Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, by William Rose
directed by Timothy Bond

A thought-provoking comedy of manners

Matt and Christina Drayton are a progressive couple living in San Francisco. It is 1967 when their daughter Joanna arrives home unexpectedly with Dr. John Prentice, an African American doctor 14 years her senior. They’re in love and they want the Draytons’ blessing for their marriage – today. The Draytons have prided themselves on their liberal-mindedness, but now they are forced to put their values to the test. Based on the iconic film, this classic is a witty and insightful reflection on two families confronted by their prejudices.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: Wurtele Thrust Stage


An Enemy of the People

April 28, 2018 - June 3, 2018

based on the play by Henrik Ibsen
by Kia Corthron
directed by Lyndsey Turner

A high-intensity drama

A world premiere adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s play, An Enemy of the People follows Dr. Stockmann who aims to expose dangerous water pollution in a Norwegian spa town’s public baths. At first he’s seen as a hero, but gradually the whistleblower comes under fire for publicizing a problem that could destroy the town’s economy and reputation. With ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, this high-intensity drama reveals the dangers a single person may face in a quest for truth.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: McGuire Proscenium Stage


West Side Story

June 16, 2018 - August 26, 2018

based on a conception by Jerome Robbins
book by Arthur Laurents
music by Leonard Bernstein
lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
directed by Joseph Haj

An iconic American musical

It's 1957 and two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, are prowling the streets of Manhattan's West Side. When Tony falls for Maria, the sister of a rival gang member, a rumble is planned. Like Romeo and Juliet they're caught in an ages-long feud with no escape, even as they pledge their love for each other. Through the genius of Bernstein and Sondheim, incomparable hits like "Maria," "Tonight," "Cool" and "I Feel Pretty" are merged with the greatest love story ever told in this larger-than-life musical.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: Wurtele Thrust Stage


The Legend of Georgia McBride

July 14, 2018 - August 26, 2018

by Matthew Lopez
directed by Jeffrey Meanza

A feel-good, music-filled comedy

As an Elvis impersonator at Cleo’s bar, Casey had everything going for him, including a new sequin jumpsuit. But just like that he loses his gig, rent is overdue and his wife announces there’s a baby on the way. So when Elvis leaves the building and a drag show moves in, all hands are on deck for Casey’s transformation. He always knew he’d be a star – but not quite like this. With snappy zingers and show-stopping numbers, you won’t want to miss this wildly entertaining show

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: McGuire Proscenium Stage