Org kicks off new season

Two world preems, including an adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” are among the 11 shows on the 2006-07 slate of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. New season will be the first in the org’s new three-stage, $125 million home.

“Gatsby,” adapted by Simon Levy and directed by David Esbjornson (“The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”), bows in July on the Guthrie’s new thrust stage.

The other world preem, “The Falls,” starts perfs in August in the Guthrie’s studio space. The latest play by “Never Gonna Dance” book writer Jeffrey Hatcher is inspired by Thornton Wilder’s “The Long Christmas Dinner.”

The Guthrie’s new proscenium gets inaugurated with Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing.”

Offerings rounding out the season include several stalwarts — “The Glass Menagerie,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Major Barbara” — and a production of “1776,” the 1969 tuner that was revived on Broadway in 1997.

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