The Guthrie Theater's Joe Dowling on Tuesday announced the upcoming 2010-11 season, which is going to include talent both local and international, balancing Shaw and Shakespeare with a world premiere. While there are no fiery surprises, the Dowling Studio slate will be announced later and tends to be the best bet for encountering the (relatively) unexpected.
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Here's the breakdown for the remainder of 2010 and the first half of 2011:
The next production on the Wurtele Thrust Stage will be The Master Butchers Singing Club
, a new work by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman
, adapted from a novel
by Louise Erdrich.
Next on the McGuire Proscenium Stage is the Joel Sass
-directed The 39 Steps
, which is a comedy based on the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock cinematic thriller
Moving deeper into 2011, the 2009 Tony Award winning God of Carnage
will be directed by John Miller-Stephany on the Proscenium, with Dowling next directing on the Thrust with Gilbert and Sullivan's musical H.M.S. Pinafore
After 35 years, A Christmas Carol
is being re-tooled with a new script by Crispin Whittell
; Dowling will direct it for the first time.
So: some new work, a couple of classics, and some intriguing work brought in from outside the Guthrie's own ecosystem. It's a grab-bag, albeit one filled with a number of very worthy local names. But over-arching statements about these annual announcements are a mug's game. We'll reserve judgment until we see the shows, and in the meantime hope that they are indeed very good.