The Guthrie Theater announced today it will round out it's 50th season with a production of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."
Artistic Director Joe Dowling will direct the show which will open July 12th. The comedy "Born Yesterday" which has been scheduled for that slot on the Guthrie's thrust stage will move to the 2013-2014 season.
In a release from the Guthrie Joe Dowling, perhaps not surprisingly, predicts a rich experience for the audience.
"This is one of the most loved stories ever told in the English language," he says in the release. 'Even though Jane Austen wrote it as a novel, it adapts so beautifully for the stage because the characters are so strong."
The Guthrie did "Pride and Prejudice" in the 2003-2004 season, but this adaptation of the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy will be different. The exact adaptation will be announced shortly as the Guthrie staff is working out the final details. However the press office revealed Dowling wanted to mark the 200th anniversary of the novel as part of the Guthrie's half-century season. Casting for the play will be announced at a later date.
This will be an excellent way for the Twin Cities to get ready for the Jane Austen Society National Meeting that will be HERE in September. Thank you, Guthrie!