Friday, April 10, 2009

New Talent, New Plays: The Guthrie Class of 2009

Two Plays, Two Showcases Not to be Missed
Class photo by George Byron Griffiths

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) A new generation of American actors and playwrights combine their talents, as the Guthrie showcases the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program Class of 2009 in the Dowling Studio, April 17 – 26. General admission tickets, $10 for adults and $7 for students/seniors, are on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE and online at

In Peter Gil-Sheridan’s What May Fall, a man’s fatal fall at the IDS Tower forces nine Minnesotans to face the whimsy and terror of living in a world made of ice. Directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde, this Guthrie commission and world premiere production will feature Ali Dachis, Stuart Gates, Joanna Harmon, Michael Mercier, Iman Milner, Skyler Nowinski, Max Polski, Alli Schaffer and Emily Shain.

Vincent Delaney’s Writer 1272, a darkly comic play about college application essays and the prospective students who try to live up to the personas that they create for themselves, will be directed by Benjamin McGovern and feature Allyson Carey, Zach Fineblum, Elizabeth Griffith, Elizabeth Grullon, Joanna Hubbard, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Michael Roush and Cody Sorensen.

In addition to What May Fall and Writer 1272, the Class of 2009 will present two evenings of Snapshots, a series of monologues and short scenes from classic and contemporary literature.

The artistic staff for New Talent, New Plays: The Class of 2009 includes Jeffery Murphey (Set Designer), Cana Potter (Costume Designer), Karin Olson (Lighting Designer), Montana Johnson (Sound Designer), Carla Megan Sandoval (Property Master), Carla Steen and Lauren Ignaut (Dramaturgs, What May Fall), Max Mondi (Dramaturg, Writer 1272), Jenny Moeller (Stage Manager, What May Fall), Caitlin Sheaffer (Stage Manager, Writer 1272) and Adam Ehret (Assistant Stage Manager).

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