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METRO/STATE PAGE B4 •STARTRIBUNETUESDAY, MARCH 19 • 2002 Guthrie season to include 2 world premieres By Rohan Preston Star Tribune Staff Writer As if to answer critics who question the Guthrie Theater’s contemporary relevance, the theater Monday unveiled a 2002-03 season with two premieres — a previously reported Arthur Miller work and a play by Jane Martin. The Guthrie will offer a complement of newer plays alongside its mainstay classics. The Miller play, “Resurrection Blues,” is about a public killing staged by a Latin American dictatorship. The event is televised by reality-show-obsessed networks. Martin’s “Good Boys,” about a school shooting, will premiere at the Guthrie Lab. It has racial overtones, revolving around two father-son combos — one black, the other white. Both shows will open in August. “I’m containing my excitement,” Guthrie artistic director Joe Dowling said Monday. “We’re happy with the fact that we have two world premieres. It’s important for the Guthrie to signal its interest in contemporary works and major American writers.” The theater also will engage several Twin Cities directors. Dominique Serrand of Theatre de la Jeune Lune, who last directed at the Guthrie in 1993, will stage Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” and Eye of the Storm’s Casey Stangl will direct Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls.” “The only statement that it’s making is that the Guthrie is part of the Twin Cities theater community and we collaborate with theaters around the area,” Dowling said. “It’s not a statement of any significant change, but of deepening and continuity.” Two of the 11 plays offered by the Guthrie on its mainstage, Lab and tour will be directed by women. Lisa Peterson, of Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum, will direct George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” The theater’s contemporary selections will include John Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation,” to be directed by Ethan McSweeny, and Charles Mee’s “Wintertime,” a comedy to be be staged by John Miller-Stephany. The other classic offerings are by Eugene Ionesco (“The Chairs”) and Chekhov (“The Three Sisters”). Daniel Aukin, artistic director of New York’s SoHo Rep, will direct “The Chairs”; artistic director Joe Dowling will stage “Three Sisters.” The Guthrie also will revive its cash cow, “A Christmas Car- ol,” under the hand of Gary Gisselman, who directed it last year. Dowling’s play selection reflects many influences, including that of literary manager Michael Bigelow Dixon, who came to the Guthrie from the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where Mee and Martin were favorites. In fact, it is widely believed that Martin is the pseudonym for Jon Jory, longtime head of the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Jory directs “Good Boys.” The Guthrie will do all of its plays at the Lab in the proscenium arch, with assigned seating. The configuration is in preparation for the move to the Guthrie-on-the-River. The Miller work is one of the most highly anticipated theater works of the year. In a recent Star Tribune interview, the playwright said he was eager to come to Minneapolis. “I’m looking forward to it immensely,” he said. “The theater is serious, solid, and I like that.” — Rohan Preston is at Dates listed are openings and closings. Guthrie mainstage: fl Arthur Miller’s “Resurrection Blues,” directed by David Esbjornson. Aug. 9 to Sept. 8. fl Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” directed by Dominique Serrand. Oct. 4 to Nov. 3. fl Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Gary Gisselman. Nov. 22 to Dec. 29. fl George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs. Warren’s Profession,” directed by Lisa Peterson. Jan. 17 to Feb. 16, 2003. fl John Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation,” directed by Ethan McSweeny. March 7 to April 6, 2003. fl Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” directed by Joe Dowling. April 25 to May 24, 2003. Guthrie Lab: fl Jane Martin’s “Good Boys,” directed by Jon Jory. Aug. 28 to Sept. 22. fl Eugene Ionesco’s “The Chairs,” directed by Daniel Aukin. Oct. 30 to Nov. 24. fl Charles Mee’s “Wintertime,” directed by John Miller- Stephany. Feb. 5 to March 2, 2003. fl Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls,” director by Casey Stangl. May 21 to June 15, 2003. Guthrie tour: fl Bill Corbett’s “The Stuff of Dreams,” directed by Jef Hall-Flavin. February to May 2003. More information: fl Guthrie season-ticket packages are $75 to $205 for the mainstage and $57 to $88 for the Lab. Single tickets — $16 to $46 for the main- stage and $22 to $30 for the Lab — go on sale July. 8. Tickets to “A Christmas Carol” go on sale Sept. 3. Call 612377-2224. Season at a glance: Plays by Arthur Miller and Jane Martin are part of the 2002-03 lineup that also will engage several local directors. FACES&PLACES

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