March 8, 2013
Press Release #1507
For more information contact:
Seena Hodges 612-225-6142
Quinton Skinner 612-225-6140
GUTHRIE THEATER TO HOST 14TH ANNUAL
WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF PROPELLER’S TWELFTH NIGHT
“Propeller makes Shakespeare feel sharp, contemporary and urgent without skimping on the language or cutting corners. And for young audiences, I can’t imagine a more exciting introduction to our greatest dramatist.”
--Britain’s The Stage
Tickets are $10: now on sale for Sunday, March 24 event
(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Guthrie Theater will host the 14th annual Shakespeare Classic on Sunday, March 24, offering young people ages 10 to 17 an opportunity to experience an energetic, original Twelfth Night by Britain’s Propeller. This annual event, tailored specifically for young audiences, features a specially prepared play program, $10 tickets to the 1 p.m. matinee performance and a post-play discussion in which actors from the show will engage with the audience.
The Shakespeare Classic began in 1999, after Guthrie Director Joe Dowling honored longtime staff member Sheila Livingston and her husband Ken in establishing the Livingston Education Fund. In the years since, Sheila Livingston has passionately pursued the introduction of thousands of young people to a lifetime of enjoyment and enrichment as theatergoers. This year the Classic features Shakespeare’s great comedy of mistaken identities, transformation and deception.
“I want to thank Joe Dowling for his great support for the Shakespeare Classic, and for his personal belief that theater has a transformative power,” says Livingston. “Through theater my family and I have visited ancient Rome, Shakespeare’s England and Puritan America. We have learned life lessons from the spirit of Cyrano de Bergerac, the courage of John Proctor in The Crucible and the eloquence of Portia in The Merchant of Venice. Hopefully in Twelfth Night we will learn humanity from witnessing Malvolio’s humiliation, as well as the power of love from Viola, Olivia, Sebastian and Orsino’s adventures.”
Tickets to the popular annual event are just $10 – all adults must be accompanied by a young person – and are available through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE. This event is not available for purchase online.
The Shakespeare Classic is made possible by generous contributions to the Sheila and Kenneth Livingston Fund.
The GUTHRIE THEATER (Joe Dowling, Director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. The Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. With annual attendance of nearly 500,000 people, the Guthrie Theater presents a mix of classic plays and contemporary work on its three stages. Under the artistic leadership of Joe Dowling since 1995, the Guthrie continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. In 2006, the Guthrie opened its new home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie Theater houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms and dramatic public lobbies. www.guthrietheater.org