Rylance play to bow at Guthrie

Minneapolis theater sets 2012-13 season lineup

A new play by thesp Mark Rylance is among the offerings to play Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater as part of the 2012-13 season.

“Nice Fish,” about two men fishing on the last day of the season, is penned by Rylance and Louis Jenkins, the poet whose work Rylance excerpted in the two memorably baffling speeches he made when he received Tonys for “Boeing-Boeing” (in 2008) and for “Jerusalem” (in 2011). The world-preeming play (April 6-May 18, 2013) is based on a book of poetry by Jenkins and will be helmed by Rylance and Claire van Kampen.

Also on the slate is “The Primrose Path” (April 27-June 15, 2013), Crispen Whittell’s new adaptation of a Turgenev novel directed by Roger Rees, who co-directed current Broadway offering “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Storyline follows a member of the 19th century Russian gentry returning to his country estate.

The Guthrie’s previously announced festival of work by Christopher Hampton will launch the season with the scribe’s 1984 play “Tales From Hollywood” (Sept. 15-Oct. 27), helmed by Ethan McSweeney. “Appomattox,” a new Civil War-set play expanded from the libretto Hampton wrote for an opera by Philip Glass, gets a run (Sept. 29-Nov. 11) directed by David Esbjornson.

The regional nonprofit’s season, programmed on the org’s two stages, also will include productions of “Clybourne Park” and “Other Desert Cities” — two plays currently on Broadway — as well as “The Servant of Two Masters,” “Born Yesterday,” “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and “An Iliad,” plus repertory stagings of “Twelfth Night” and “The Taming of the Shrew” from Brit troupe Propeller.

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