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The Guthrie Theater: Images, History and Inside Stories [Hardcover]

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For the first time, Guthrie veteran Peg Guilfoyle has put together photographs from each decade in the Guthrie's history, complete with anecdotes from the actors, directors, stage-hands and designers who worked to summon that elusive magic.

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Pages   239
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 11" Height: 10.5"
Weight:   3.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2006
Publisher   Nodin Press
ISBN  1932472398  
ISBN13  9781932472394  

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The Guthrie and its people shine in this book   Nov 11, 2006
Subtitled: Imagines, History, and Inside Stories

In 1963, with very strong business and community support, Minneapolis became the home to Sir Tyrone Guthrie's theatre. This theater's thrust stage was most unique in 1963--as the 1500 audience members sat on three sides.

During these 40-plus years, famous and soon-to-be famous actors graced the stage. Hamlet, the opening play, has been done several times in those 40 years, including the last play in the old theatre May 2005.

Now the Guthrie is located in a spectacular new building looking over the famous Mississippi River that runs through downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, and this book celebrates the people behind the scenes, the actors and the plays.

The book was the brainchild of theatre alum (stage manager and production manager) and advocate, Peg Guilfoyle, and working together with Nodin Press (who produces regional books), they gave us this loving gift. Each season is recapped and one play is selected to represent that season. What a job that must have been to pick just one for each season of first-class theatre productions. These full-page (10 x 11") full-color photos show many of favorite plays, and will impress regular theatergoers or those who have heard of its international reputation.

For anyone who loves theater and actors/acting, Guilfoyle has filled the book with funny, sad and introspective stories about and often told by loal actors and staff--and people like John Spencer, Patrick Stewart, Peter Michael Goetz, and of course, Hume Cronyn and his wife Jessica Tandy. This couple performed in the first season in 1963, and in 2003, Cronyn returned to visit with the staff in his early 90s, and thrilled them with one of his famous speeches from a great classic play.

My favorite story is of the young African-American Peter Macon, who as a local high school student attended a matinee with his class. He fell in love with the theater that day and became an actor. After 20 years acting elsewhere, he returned to thrill audiences with his breathtaking, scene-stealing role in Oedipus. (Can you guess that I was there?)

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Armchair Interviews says: A spectacular coffee table gift book for young and old--dreamers and theatergoers alike--everyone will love the pictures, the stories and the history. Name dropping at its best.
The Guthrie Theater:Images, History and Inside Stories by Peg Guilfoyle  Aug 15, 2006
Handsomely bound and expensively printed, this is essentially the kind of book distributed to the guests at a Gala celebrating, say as in the case of the Guthrie, the opening of a new facility. Issued to coincide with the theatre company's move from its renowned home of 40 some-odd years, the book includes scrapbook like material from sample rehearsal call-sheets to backstage and on-stage photos of its hundreds of productions. The text is divided according to the regimes of its artistic directors, from Tyrone Guthrie himself to the present one, Joe Dowling.
As a souvenir it functions just fine, recalling some high points, showing some once-familiar faces of actors and others.
It is of considerably less value in all other respects; certainly it is very much over priced for what it delivers.
The most serious falling-down is in the area the title calls History: each of the successive directors brought his own personality and artistic presence to the job. Some were successful (Dowling himself, having served the longest of any of them), some controversial (Garland Wright comes to mind) and some outright failures (the short reign of the terribly o'er-parted Alvin Epstein). No evaluation of any sort is made of any of them. Also neglected is any impression of the sometimes strange and often fascinating characters who held the job: some anecdotes are recounted, but hardly the "inside stories" suggested by the title.
The real story of this fabled company remains to be told.
A simply fabulous, 240-page collection of memories, anecdotes, history, and breathtaking full page photos of past productions  Aug 6, 2006
The Guthrie Theater: Images, History, And Inside Stories is a simply fabulous, 240-page collection of memories, anecdotes, history, and breathtaking full page photos of past productions at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Founded in 1963 with world famous director Tyrone Guthrie at the helm, Guthrie theater productions have continued to amaze and astound the theater audiences of Minnesota ever since. Author Peg Guilfoyle was Guthrie's stage manager and production manager for almost ten years, and she has had access to the Guthrie archives through research and collaboration with Sheila Livingston, executive editor of the Guthrie. The result is a vivid tapestry of threads drawn from many of the fabulous productions and casts, crews, and companies at the Guthrie over the past forty plus years. The book comes at a turning point in the Guthrie's fabled history, for the theater has relocated and rebuilt at a new location on the Mississippi, due to growth and an excess of "riches" in the form of production needs. Due to its miraculous and star-studded history, the Guthrie has an intensely loyal following. It is only natural that the past be celebrated, not mourned, and that the fresh beginning represented by the new theater be blessed by such a tribute as this book of wondrous details emerging from its past. As an aside, I was a high school graduate in Monticello, Minnesota in 1963 when the Guthrie first opened. My mother took me to every production, proudly. I remember the critics' remarks about classic theater in Minneapolis needing to have a 'baseball' mentality to succeed. The Guthrie stunned them all into submission. The first production of "Hamlet," with Zoe Caldwell, George Grizzard, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, and Sir Tyrone himself directing, all were a fabulous experience in genuine live, classic theater in a beautiful modern setting. I believe it is fair to say they found the Minnesota audiences to be warm, welcoming, appreciative, and hungry for culture. For all who love theater and especially for hose who have been lucky enough to have any experience at all with the Guthrie, The Guthrie Theater is a treasure trove of a book and a welcome addition to personal and academic library Theatre History collections.

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