Aesthetically Speaking

More programming and artists announced for 2015-2016 Guthrie season

colman-domingo a-boy-and-his-soul photo-credit mark-douet1The Guthrie Theater announced additional programming and artists as part of the 2015-2016 season including “A Boy and His Soul.”

“A Boy and His Soul” (Aug. 9, 2016 – Aug. 28, 2016), written and performed by Tony-nominated, OBIE, and Lucille Lortel Award winning actor, playwright and director Colman Domingo. The story of an African-American man’s coming of age in 1970s and 1980s Philadelphia, “A Boy and His Soul” brings classic soul, smooth R&B, and disco music in an unforgettable era to life. The play’s celebration of city life and the music that underscores it opened to rave reviews when it premiered at New York’s Vineyard Theatre. “A Boy and His Soul” plays at the Dowling Studio.

“I wanted to design a series of shows – curating a band of programming with great artists and thinkers – that can engage our community in dialogue around themes and ideas,” said Joseph Haj, artistic director of the Guthrie. “I’m so excited to create a place for our audience to have robust, intelligent conversation about the work they see on our stages and how they respond to it.”

wrestling-3-photo-ken-friedmanThe first production in the Guthrie’s four-show series will be “Wrestling Jerusalem,” written and performed by Aaron Davidman and directed by Michael John Garcés (Oct. 16 – Nov. 1) in the Dowling Studio. Set in America, Israel and Palestine, Wrestling Jerusalem follows one man’s journey to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Davidman’s solo performance is a personal story that grapples with the complexities of identity, history and social justice. Giving voice to 17 different characters, the play sheds light on one of the most entrenched conflicts of our time.

The second Guthrie production in the Dowling Studio will be “The Amish Project” (Feb. 2 – Feb. 14), written and performed by Jessica Dickey, and originally directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde. Inspired by the 2006 school shootings in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Penn.

The series moves to the Wurtele Thrust Stage for Taylor Mac’s “24-Decade History of Popular Music: The 20th Century Abridged”, written and performed by Taylor Mac (March 18 and March 19). The show is a subjective history of the past 240 years of American history told through music. “The 20th Century Abridged” will feature selections from music of the 20th century, an introduction to what will eventually be a 24-hour long performance work.

September 1, 2015
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