The Guthrie Presents Edgardo Mine by Alfred Uhry
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Posted: October 09 2006

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9 October 2006 (Jewswire.com)(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Guthrie is proud to present Edgardo Mine by Alfred Uhry, based on the book The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara by David I. Kertzer. Directed by Mark Lamos and featuring three-time Tony Award nominee Brian Murray, Edgardo Mine begins previews November 4 and runs through December 17 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage. Tickets are priced from $22 to $52 and are on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE and online at www.guthrietheater.org.

Based on a compelling true story, Uhry’s new play is set in 1850s Italy where under Papal law a Christian cannot be raised by Jews. After being secretly baptized by a housemaid as an infant, the young Edgardo is taken from his Jewish parents and raised as a Catholic. As the ensuing battle for Edgardo’s custody rages, his mother suffers her own crisis of faith as she clashes with the church, her husband and eventually Edgardo himself in a fight for his soul.

On Monday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. Uhry will join Lamos and Father Michael O’Connell of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis for an In Conversation on the McGuire Proscenium Stage. The discussion will be moderated by Steven J. Rosenstone, Dean of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. The Guthrie’s In Conversation series offers an opportunity to hear playwrights, artists and cultural leaders speak on topics directly tied to current or upcoming work on the Guthrie stage. Additionally, the Guthrie Learning Center will offer production-related coursework this fall, including “Page to Stage: Edgardo Mine” beginning October 30 and “From Edgardo to Today and Tomorrow” with instructors Rabbi Barry D. Cytron of the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning and Fr. Michael O’Connell on November 7, 21 or 28.

The cast for Edgardo Mine features Brian Murray (Pope Pius IX) who has garnered numerous awards throughout an impressive theatrical career on Broadway and beyond, including productions such as The Crucible, The Little Foxes and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Jennifer Regan (Marianna Mortara) who was recently the standby for Kathleen Turner in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Broadway and appeared in Resurrection Blues (dir. Mark Lamos, Old Globe) and Jeffrey Hatcher’s Mercy of a Storm (Madison Rep.); Ron Menzel (Momolo Mortara/Pio Edgardo) who has appeared at the Guthrie in Hamlet, Intimate Apparel and Pericles; Stephen D’Ambrose (Cardinal Antonelli) whose Guthrie credits include The Zoo Story, The Front Page, Henry V, Henry IV, Richard II, Richard III and The Merry Wives of Windsor; Nancy Rodriguez (Nina Morisi/Sgra Scazzocchio) whose work Off-Broadway includes Blind Alley/ Callejon Sin Salida (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater), Animus (INTAR New Works Lab) and Donna Morelli (New York Stage & Film); J.C. Cutler (Fr. Feletti/Gramont/Il Dottore) whose Guthrie credits include The School for Scandal, Gross Indecency, Summer and Smoke, Julius Caesar, Racing Demon, Simpatico, Big White Fog and King Lear; Tyson Forbes (Lucidi/Scazzocchio/Riccardo Mortara) who has performed locally in We Are Ugly (Bryant-Lake Bowl’s Cabaret Theater), The Buddha Prince and Walker Art Center’s presentation of Hidden Room; and Sasha Andreev (Agostini/Fr. Giovanni/Rally Speaker) whose local credits include West Side Story (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres), The Mad Dancers (Mixed Blood Theatre) and Lettice and Loveage (Theatre de la Jeune Lune).

The artistic staff for Edgardo Mine includes Riccardo Hernández (Set Designer), Candice Donnelly (Costume Designer), Mimi Jordan Sherin (Lighting Designer), Robert Waldman (Composer), Reid Rejsa (Sound Designer), Marcela Lorca (Movement), Jo Holcomb (Dramaturg), Lucinda Holshue (Voice and Dialect Coach), Chris A. Code (Stage Manager), Ann K. Terlizzi (Assistant Stage Manager) and Sean Michael Dooley (Assistant Director).

About the Guthrie

The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. The Guthrie is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. Led by Director Joe Dowling since 1995, the Guthrie recently moved to their new three-theater home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

The Guthrie is located at 818 South 2nd Street (at Chicago Avenue), in downtown Minneapolis. To purchase tickets or season subscriptions call the Guthrie Box Office between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily at 612.377.2224 or toll-free 877.44.STAGE. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.guthrietheater.org.

Biographies

Alfred Uhry began his career as a lyric writer, and his early work includes Here’s Where I Belong (1968) and The Robber Bridegroom (1975), for which he wrote the book and lyrics and received a Tony Award nomination. Uhry is probably best known for his 1987 play Driving Miss Daisy, which earned the Outer Critics Circle Award and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Made into a film in 1989, Driving Miss Daisy won the Academy Award for best picture and for best adapted screenplay. Uhry also wrote the screenplays for Mystic Pizza and Rich in Love. Uhry was commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics (Uhry is an Atlanta native) to write The Last Night of Ballyhoo, which opened on Broadway in 1997 and won the Tony Award for Best Play and was honored by the American Theatre Critics Association, the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League. In 1998 he wrote the book for the musical Parade, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Uhry is the first American writer to win a Pulitzer Prize for drama, an Academy Award and a Tony Award.

Mark Lamos was a company member at the Guthrie (1972-76; 17 productions) and is a former artistic director of Hartford Stage (1980-1998). At the Guthrie As a director: Antony and Cleopatra, Love's Fire, Dear Liar, Hello and Goodbye. As an actor: The National Health, A Christmas Carol (two productions since 1975), The Winter's Tale, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Doctor Faustus, Measure for Measure, Private Lives, Loot, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Caretaker, The School for Scandal, Tartuffe, Love's Labor’s Lost, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, Cyrano. Theater As a director: California Shakespearean Festival: artistic director; Arizona Theatre Company; Broadway: The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm, Our Country's Good, The Deep Blue Sea; Off-Broadway: Jon Robin Baitz's The End of the Day, Edward Albee's Tiny Alice, Lee Blessing's Thief River, Lincoln Center Theater: Measure for Measure, The Public Theater: As You Like It; Regional: McCarter Theatre; Old Globe Theatre; A.C.T.; La Jolla Playhouse. Opera Metropolitan Opera; New York City Opera; Gothenburg, Sweden’s Stora Teatern; Munich Biennale; Canadian Opera; opera companies of Dallas, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Washington, Portland, Seattle and St. Louis; Florida Grand Opera; Chicago Opera Theater; Glimmerglass Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago. Film/Television As a director: PBS Great Performances: “Central Park” (Emmy nomination); Paul Bunyan, I Lombardi, Tosca, The Aspern Papers. As an actor: Longtime Companion. Awards 1989 Tony Award nomination for Our Country's Good; accepted Tony Award for Hartford Stage Company body of work, 1988; Lortel Awards for Best New York Revivals: Measure for Measure, Tiny Alice; honorary doctorates from Trinity College, University of Hartford, Connecticut College; 1991 Connecticut Arts Award Medal. Teaching Current: University of Michigan: visiting professor, School of Music; former: Southern Methodist University: Meadows Chair; Yale University: Maynard Mack Lecturer. Training American Conservatory of Music; Northwestern University.

EDGARDO MINE

BY ALFRED UHRY

DIRECTED BY MARK LAMOS

First preview: November 4, 2006 7:30 p.m.

PRESS OPENING: November 10, 2006 7:30 p.m.

Closing: December 17, 2006 7:00 p.m.

Location: Guthrie Theater

818 South 2nd Street

Minneapolis, MN

TICKETS: Priced at $22.00 - $52.00

Guthrie Box Office: 612.377.2224

Greater Minnesota: TOLL FREE 877.44.STAGE

Box Office hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily

Tickets may be purchased online at www.guthrietheater.org.

This production of Edgardo Mine contains nudity and sexual situations.

Performance Schedule: Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Sundays at 7:00 p.m.

Matinees on selected Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m.

ASL Performances

Friday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Audio Described Performances

Saturday, November 25 at 1 p.m., sensory tour at 11 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING SURROUNDING EDGARDO MINE

Discussions/Events: Pre-Play Discussion

Sunday, November 5, 2006 at 5 p.m.

Post-Play Discussions

Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 19 at 1 p.m.

Saturday, November 25 at 1 p.m.

Sunday, December 3 at 1 p.m.

Saturday, December 9 at 1 p.m.

Public Workshop

Saturday, November 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Cost: $10. Call the Box Office at 612.377.2224 or order online.

In Conversation: Alfred Uhry

Monday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Discussion with Alfred Uhry, Director Mark Lamos and Father Michael O’Connell of the Basilica of St. Mary

Moderated by University of Minnesota Dean Steven J. Rosenstone

Tickets are $15 per person; on-sale now

Call the Box Office at 612.377.2224.

Lifelong Learning from the

Guthrie Learning Center:

Page to Stage: Edgardo Mine

Instructor: Sheila Livingston and guest speakers

Begins October 30, once a week for 4 weeks

Mondays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Class max size: 20

Cost: $100

The focus of this seminar is the process by which the Guthrie brings a dramatic text to production on stage. Meet experts from all areas of the theater to discuss how a play like Edgardo Mine ends up on stage by following the design, build and rehearsal process. Pre-requisite: None

TO REGISTER: Call the Box Office at 612.377.2224 or visit www.guthrietheater.org.

From Edgardo to Today and Tomorrow

Instructors: Rabbi Barry Cytron and Father Michael O’Connell

One day only – November 7, 21 or 28

Tuesdays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Class max size: 20

Cost: $40

How could the story of Edgardo Mortara have happened in modern 19th century Europe? Would this story happen today? In what ways has the relationship between Jews and Christians changed, and why, and what does this mean for our collective future? Father Michael O’Connell and Rabbi Barry Cytron invite you to join them as they explore the remarkable transformation of Jewish-Catholic relations since the Holocaust and Vatican II.

TO REGISTER: Call the Box Office at 612.377.2224 or visit www.guthrietheater.org.

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