Guthrie's 50th season mix of classic, contemporary

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Posted: Apr 16, 2012 9:21 PM
Guthrie's 50th season mix of classic, contemporary

The Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is celebrating its 50th season with work by acclaimed playwright Christopher Hampton, a production of a Eugene O'Neill classic and a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.

Guthrie Director Joe Dowling says that rather than dwelling in a nostalgic haze, "we're looking at contemporary work and moving the artistic life of the theater forward."

The 11 main-stage productions announced Monday include O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and Bruce Norris' 2011 Pulitzer winner "Clybourne Park."

Hampton, a British playwright and director, is writing a new play for the Guthrie, "Appomattox," which ranges from the Civil War's end to the 1960s civil rights era. His "Tales From Hollywood" also will be staged.

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The Guthrie was founded in 1963 by the late Irish stage director Sir Tyrone Guthrie.