Guthrie announces shows rounding out 50th season

guthrie50logo.jpg The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis has now revealed the final details of its 2012-2013 season. The initial line-up for what will be the theater’s 50th season drew controversy from some quarters due to the lack of diversity amongst its playwrights and directors.

In a final announcement the Guthrie revealed it has added a Pillsbury House Theatre production of “Buzzer” by Tracey Scott Wilson, directed by Marion McClinton. Pillsbury House and the Guthrie co-commissioned the play, which premiered at the south Minneapolis venue in February this year. The play explores the impact of gentrification on a neighborhood from the perspective of a mixed couple and their friends.

The Guthrie also announced Lisa Peterson will direct the production of the Pulitzer Prize winning “Clybourne” Park. Peterson directed the Guthrie’s recent productions of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Major Barbara.” She also worked with Denis O’Hare to co-adapt “An Iliad,” a one performer presentation of Homer’s classic tale. Guthrie veteran Stephen Yoakam will take on the role.

The Guthrie also set the dates for the Dowling Studio Theater season: Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” presented by The Acting Company in association with the Guthrie, will run January 12–February 3, 2013. “Buzzer” runs February 8th through March 3rd 2013, followed by Mu Performing Arts production of Rick Shiomi’s “Yellow Fever” March 8th – 24th 2013. “An Iliad” finishes the season in a run from May 4th through 26th.

Details are available at the Guthrie website.

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