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I had the immense privilege of seeing the Guthrie Theater’s production of Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George yesterday. The cast was so talented and the story was poignant and compelling. Randy Harrison was stunning in the lead role and Erin Mackey as Dot was incredible. We were in the front row, and trust me, our view was better than these pictures (borrowed from the internet). I am so grateful for the impulse we had to buy those front row seats, lol!

I met Randy Harrison for 15 seconds after the show by the stage door, and man is he dreamy in real life. He was such a nice guy to take a bit of time to say hello and thanks for coming, even though he had family/friends with him. 

Here is a tidbit to whet your appetites. 


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THE “AMBER BOX” AT THE GUTHRIE

There are so many things to love about the Guthrie Theater, but perhaps my favorite thing is the Dowling Studio Lobby, aka the Amber Box. It’s a beautiful space, unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been. When you’re in this 9-floor glassy space you have an amazing view of the Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls—the birthplace of Minneapolis—but because the glass is such a strong amber color, your view is distorted and otherworldly. It’s one of the first places I’ll bring an out-of-town guest because it’s uniquely Minneapolis.

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“Orpheus Unsung”
Scenic and Projection Design by Bryce Cutler


Some photos from our workshop from this past week. Pretty excited as we continue to develop this new opera by Steven Mackey before we open at the Guthrie in June. Stay tuned for more photos thru the process.

anonymous asked:

Hi Katie! Coming to MN for Christmas to visit family. They live outside of St. Paul/Minneapolis about 15-25 min. Any suggestions for Christmas enjoyment? Coffee shops to read in? Places to enjoy lovely meals?

oh gosh, yes! christmas in minnesota is one of my very favorite things. here’s a list of things i think anyone visiting minnesota during the winter should do:

- ice skating at the depot or at the landmark (or on any of our 10,000+ lakes, really).
- sledding at the orono public golf course.
- watch the holidazzle parade.
- grab a donut from bogart’s.
- see ‘a christmas carol’ at the guthrie.
- try cross-country skiing at theodore wirth park.
- wine-tasting at lucia’s.
- wander around rice park.
eat at brasa.
- take a tour of christmas lights.
- visit one of many breweries.
- …or do both at the same time and drink beer while you take a tour of christmas lights.
- hang out at the minneapolis institute of art.
- grab a coffee from any of the following:
      - spyhouse
      - five watt
      - bull run
      - urban bean
      - bob’s java hut (so serious about this one)
      - claddagh coffee
- …and then take a walk around one of the lakes (my favorites are calhoun, harriet, and lake of the isles).
- visit a christmas tree farm in lake elmo or somerset.
- free yoga at the union depot.
- go see the beautiful holiday flower show in the sunken garden.
- visit a winter farmer’s market.

hope this helps, friend.

xo

1 year. 365 days at the G.

I get to practice my craft with 6 talented audio engineers, all of whom I’ve learned a great deal from this year. Could not ask for a better group of men to work alongside.

After leaving St. Louis I was not sure if the same sense of comradeship would grow in a new theater. Turns out, the entire stagehand crew here are some of the best people and they welcomed me into the fold. I am proud to know them, proud to run shows with them.

I do not have the systems fully figured out and I am still learning the Aurus desk. Each show is getting easier to setup and run, so there is hope. Just lucky enough to walk into this theater every day and have an opportunity to try.

Twin Cities Gothic
  • There is a river. People look at it wistfully and say its so beautiful. They dive into the dirty water and never return. You gaze into the churning, writhing, aching depths and cringe. There is something watching you.
  • The streets are grids. You drive and drive and cross the same streets over and over again. 1st Ave, 4th Ave, 20th Ave, 1st St, 4th St, 20th St, repeat. You don’t know where you’re going anymore. It’s hard to remember where you came from.
  • You get on a bus. You sit. A man gets on after you with his bike. The driver ignores him. The beep of a card being swiped. A man gets on with his bike. A beep. A man gets off with his bike. A beep. A man gets on with his bike.
  • The bikes are everywhere. Green and obvious, you never notice them until someone nearly runs you down. They stop, apologize. You ask about the bike. They gaze into the distance wistfully. Usage fees, they murmur, usage fees. You do not ask again.
  • Where are you? Your friend asks over the phone. You look at the house numbers. They are all four numerals that do not match the streets.  I don’t know, You reply, and your friend laughs.
  • The Guthrie Theater is showing A Christmas Carol. The Guthrie Theater is always showing A Christmas Carol. You have seen it five times and can never remember any details but the rattling of chains. You never mean to end up at The Guthrie Theater but you find yourself there anyway.
  • You get on a bus. A woman gets on with a cane and three people offer their seat. She accepts none. She pays in nickles and grins a toothless grin. She sits next to you, tucks her cane between her legs. She has no eyes and you avert yours.
  • What can I get you to drink? Your waitress intones, a emotionless smile on her face. Could I get a pop? Your friend asks. The waitress doesn’t ask what kind. You order the catfish and fear embeds itself into your gut. It arrives with the eyes intact, staring at you. You choke it down anyway.
  • The light rail is brightly lit. You sit on uncomfortable seats and wait. Please do not put your feet on the seats, An announcer pleads. Be considerate to other passengers. There is a screaming child. Be considerate. A man leans against the doors, falling through them as they open into the sky. Be considerate.
  • You stroll downtown at night and feel someone watching you. You turn around, the people hurry past you with their heads down. The shadows are full of things you do not want to think about. You turn around. 
  • The Green Line is under construction. When you called and asked when it would be open, the man on the line laughed nervously and replied Soon. It is still not open. Sometimes you wonder if it ever will be. Soon.
  • Nice weather today. A stranger comments at the bus stop, rubbing his blue hands together and shivering. It’s always nice here. He nods to himself. You’re not sure if hes trying to convince you or himself. Nice weather today.