As previously reported, the Guthrie is celebrating the British playwright, screenwriter and director Christopher Hampton this year. This will include Tales from Hollywood (September 15 - October 27, 2012), the historically based, sharp-witted story of German intellectual émigrés, to be directed by Ethan McSweeny on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Meanwhile, on the McGuire Proscenium Stage will be the Guthrie commission of the new play, Appomattox (September 29 - November 11), a wide-ranging work of historical scope encompassing the Civil War and Civil Rights eras of American history, directed by David Esbjornson.
Other offerings on the Wurtele Thrust Stage include Dickens' A Christmas Carol (November 13-December 29), adapted by Crispin Whittell, and directed by Joe Chvala and starring J.C. Cutler returns for a second consecutive year in his acclaimed performance as Ebenezer Scrooge. Joe Dowling will direct Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night (January 13-December 29), starring Helen Carey and Peter Michael Goetz.
Edward Hall will direct Britain's all-male Propeller company in its productions of the Shakespeare plays Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew (February 27 - April 6). Roger Rees will helm the world premiere of The Primrose Path (April 27-June 15), written by Crispin Whittell and based upon the novel Home of the Gentry by Ivan Turgenev. The final work on the Wurtele for the season will be Born Yesterday (July 6 - August 31, 2013), by Garson Kanin, directed by John Miller-Stephany.
In addition to Appomattox, production s on the McGuire Proscenium Stage will include The Servant of Two Masters (December 1-January 20), by Carlo Goldoni, adapted by Constance Congdon from a translation by Christina Sibul and directed by Christopher Bayes. Steven Epp stars as Truffaldino. Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities (February 9-March 24) will be directed by Peter Rothstein.
The Guthrie will present the world premiere of Nice Fish (April 6-May 18), by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins, based on the book of poetry by Louis Jenkins, and directed by Rylance with Claire van Kampen. The piece centers on two men have gone ice fishing on the last day of the season. The final McGuire production of the season will be Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park (June 1 - August 4, 2013).