The Guthrie Theater today announced that lifetime Board Director Polly Grose will be on hand at the theater on October 21 following the matinee performances to sign copies of her book Guthrie Theater: The First Fifty Years. A collection of essays selected and compiled by Grose, the book provides compelling first-hand perspectives from luminaries throughout the Guthrie's history and members of the Twin Cities community, spiced through with no-holds-barred opinion and curated by Grose's own affectionate and knowledgeable viewpoint on the Guthrie.
Grose, also the first woman chair of the Guthrie Board, is the author of three previous books including the memoir A London Scrapbook. Her effort to compile a definitive history of the Guthrie's first fifty years, coinciding with the theater's 50th season, includes essays by performers including Peter Michael Goetz and Sally Wingert, Guthrie pioneers including John Cowles, Jr. and Roger G. Kennedy, and Artistic Directors including Michael Langham, Alvin Epstein, Liviu Cuilei and Joe Dowling.
Polly Grose will be on hand from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, on the Guthrie's Level Four. Copies of Guthrie Theater: The First Fifty Years will be available for purchase for $24.99.
The GUTHRIE THEATER (Joe Dowling, Director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. The Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. With annual attendance of nearly 500,000 people, the Guthrie Theater presents a mix of classic plays and contemporary work on its three stages. Under the artistic leadership of Joe Dowling since 1995, the Guthrie continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. In 2006, the Guthrie opened its new home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie Theater houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms and dramatic public lobbies. www.guthrietheater.org