(L-R)The cast of <i>Nice Fish</i>: Jim Lichtscheidl, Bob Davis, Chris Carlson, Emily Swallow, Tyson Forbes, Claire van Kampen, Louis Jenkins, Mark Rylance.
(L-R)The cast of Nice Fish: Jim Lichtscheidl, Bob Davis, Chris Carlson, Emily Swallow, Tyson Forbes, Claire van Kampen, Louis Jenkins, Mark Rylance.
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Mark Rylance (Jerusalem) has teamed up with wordsmith, surrealist, and Duluth prose poet Louis Jenkins (A Prairie Home Companion) to write Nice Fish, which hosted a cast and creative team meet and greet following their first rehearsal on Wednesday, March 6th. The play, based on Jenkins' prose poetry, follows Eric and Ron, who are ice fishing on the last day of the season before the last blizzard of the Midwestern winter, when they are confronted with some mythic individuals who, as Rylance told The New York Times, "provide a little bit of a challenge."

This is not the first time Rylance and Jenkins have collaborated. Rylance frequently promotes Jenkins' work, including in both of his infamous and poetic Tony Awards speeches. Who can forget the discourse on the pastime of walking through walls?

The production will be directed by Rylance and Claire van Kampen (also contributing original music) and will feature Rylance as Ron, Jim Lichtscheidl as Eric, Emily Swallow as Flo, Chris Carlson as Wayne, Bob Davis as DNR Officer, and Tyson Forbes as Wainwright round out the cast of this new production. The artistic team includes Todd Rosenthal (Scenic Designer), Ilona Somogyi (Costume Designer), Mimi Sherin (Lighting Designer), Scott W. Edwards (Sound Designer), Michael Lupu (Dramaturg), Tree O'Halloran (Stage Manager) and Jon Ferguson (Assistant Director). Nice Fish is dedicated to Nataasha van Kampen and James Hillman.

Nice Fish begins performances on April 6 through May 18, 2013 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater. Tickets are on sale now. Click here for more information on this new show and while your waiting check out Rylance's hilariously poetic Tony Award Speeches.