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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' first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for five years and doesn't have plans to leave.
Based on Toni Morrison's first novel, The Bluest Eye is a heartrending coming of age story about a young black girl in 1940s Ohio. Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved, but she's only met with ridicule and abuse. Confronting turmoil at home, she prays for Shirley Temple's blue eyes, believing their beauty is the only thing standing between her and the happiness of the white girls at school. By turns beautiful and harrowing, this powerful adaptation explores the destructive power of a racist society and the strength of a community attempting to embrace an era of change.
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.
There's something old, something new, and something borrowed in this feisty, heartwarming play about a Zimbabwean-American family preparing for a wedding. Marvelous and Donald have built their American dream in Minnesota, so when their daughter requests a traditional African blessing before marrying her white fiancé from Minnetonka and a surprise guest drops a bombshell, all hell breaks loose and the rehearsal dinner can't come soon enough.
Why is it so hard to grow up? GIRL is a good girl: smart, beautiful, and a little rebellious, or, as her family would say, "hard-headed." For the most part, she has played by the rules, finishing college and then graduate school. She is perfectly poised for success, but something is in her way. Floundering in love, life, and career, GIRL goes on a journey to discover what she's missing, but wherever she goes, there she is. Eventually, GIRL learns that what she's seeking is herself: powerful, grounded, and so much stronger than she thought. A groundbreaking new musical by Zakiyyah Alexander and Imani Uzuri, Girl Shakes Loose is the soulful story of one woman's search for herself. Based on the lush poetry of Sonia Sanchez and featuring a stirring original score, you won't want to miss this world premiere. Brimming with hope, humor, and headstrong passion, you'll cheer GIRL on, remembering your own journey along the way.
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.
Winner of the 1936 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Idiot's Delight is a romantic commentary on greed, idealism, love, and the grim realities of war. An eccentric assortment of characters are stranded together in a European mountaintop resort at the outbreak of war, including a munitions magnate, his mysterious Russian mistress, and an American song and dance man with his chorine companions "Les Blondes." Girl Friday Productions brings its signature large ensemble cast to this dramatic comedy with musical accents, set in a world on the brink.
For the first time in more than 20 years the Guthrie will stage Shakespeare's searing masterpiece. After years of ruling Britain in peace, a respected King Lear decides to relinquish his crown and divide his kingdom among his three daughters. But when their love and loyalty falter, so does Lear's sanity. King Lear is a gripping portrait of fathers, daughters and a once mighty ruler thwarted by his own hubris and betrayed by a vanishing mind.
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 that 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 zingers and showstopping numbers, The Legend of Georgia McBride makes for a wildly entertaining show.
California truck driver Larry Walters attached 45 helium-filled weather balloons to his lawn chair one afternoon and soared 16,000 feet into the sky. If you remember reading that in the paper 20 years ago, you may have had a good laugh. But for Larry, flying was serious business and his adventure meant everything to him. But then, this world is a tough place for dreamers.
Eleven years ago, wealthy Nebraska businessman James Herrold unjustly threw his only son, Paul, out of the family business. Now he wants Nero Wolfe to find Paul so he can make amends. But what if the young man doesn't want to be found? And what if he's the same Paul Herrold on trial for murder? This case draws the great detective and his devoted sidekick into a web of deceit, one that even the master sleuth may regret taking on.
From the internationally renowned ensemble The Moving Company (core members of the former Theatre de la Jeune Lune), comes Refugia, a riveting investigation of the lives of those who find themselves navigating life's margins at the crossroads of transition. Composed of interconnected chapters and conveyed through music, movement, language and video, this world premiere – developed by the Guthrie – explores exile, borders and the displacement of peoples now and throughout time. At once funny and poetic, cinematic and theatrical, Refugia is a vital new work not to be missed.
Set in Verona, where the rival houses of Capulet and Montague are embroiled in a longstanding feud, Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare's famous tale of star-crossed lovers, filled with all the passion and violence of young love. Having inherited the deep-seated resentments of their parents, young people find love across a great divide. Underscored by ingenious wit and astonishing beauty, the play pits the bitterness of resentment against the intensity of romance.
Lillian Hellman began Watch on the Rhine in August 1939, during the weeks prior to the official onset of World War Two. The play debuted in 1941, eight months before the United States entered the war. In its depiction of a family that struggles to combat the rise of fascism, Watch on the Rhine emerges as a timely examination of moral obligation, sacrifice, and what it means to be American.