(Minneapolis/St. Paul) — The Guthrie Theater (Joseph Haj, artistic director) today announced the nine productions of its 2019–2020 subscription season: Tennessee Williams’ classic family drama The Glass Menagerie; Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy Twelfth Night; an adaptation of Emma based on the Jane Austen novel; and Kander and Ebb’s musical Cabaret will grace the Guthrie’s signature Wurtele Thrust Stage while the McGuire Proscenium Stage’s lineup will include Robert Harling’s female-driven comedy Steel Magnolias; the regional premiere of Noura, Heather Raffo’s complex tale of identity; Anne Bogart’s acclaimed production of Euripides’ The Bacchae; Karen Zacarías’ comedic telenovela Destiny of Desire; and Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat.
“Building the 2019–2020 Season was thrilling,” said Artistic Director Joseph Haj. “As play titles emerged and the pieces came together, an exciting cross section of classics and new works came into focus. We are committed to continuing conversations with our neighbors and communities and using theater to illuminate our world and each other through the power of storytelling.”
“From an adaptation of a beloved Austen novel to an inspired spin on Ibsen, we’ll mine the past for a renewed perspective on today’s world,” continued Haj. “For those longing to immerse themselves in an astoundingly relevant, brilliantly conceived Greek tragedy, this is your moment, as legendary director Anne Bogart and her famed SITI Company will present an astonishing take on Euripides’ The Bacchae. With our upcoming Guthrie commission and world premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Floyd’s later this season, it seemed a natural choice to continue our examination of Nottage’s other play set in Reading, Pennsylvania, by producing her masterful, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Sweat next year. And no Guthrie season would be complete without Shakespeare and a sensational summer musical. I look forward to tackling Kander and Ebb’s ingenious Cabaret, which promises to deliver an emotionally stirring and dazzling theatergoing experience.”