Guthrie Theater celebrates playwright Christopher Hampton

This coming fall the Guthrie Theater will stage works by playwright Christopher Hampton, show films he adapted for the screen, offer a master class with the playwright, and interview him before a live audience.

Not familiar with the name Christopher Hampton? Well then, perhaps you’re familiar with these titles: “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Atonement,” and “A Dangerous Method.” These are all films based on novels which Hampton then adapted for the stage and screen.

The Guthrie celebration, similar to the 2009 celebration of playwright Tony Kushner, will include the staging of three of Hampton’s works.

Appomattox is an opera based on the American Civil War for which Hampton wrote the libretto and Philip Glass composed the score.

Tales from Hollywood tells the story of German émigré intellectuals such as Bertolt Brecht and Thomas Mann in Los Angeles during World War II.

Total Eclipse depicts the relationship between French poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud.

Dates for the runs of the shows have yet to be released.

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