The Guthrie Theater has announced changes to its 2021–2022 season amid the ongoing challenges due to COVID-19.
With recent breakthrough cases among the A Raisin in the Sun company, the Minnesota venue has postponed its production of the Lorraine Hansberry drama, which was scheduled to begin January 12. A Raisin in the Sun is now expected to open in late spring with official dates to be announced.
The Guthrie production of Karen Zacarías' Broadway-aimed Destiny of Desire, directed by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, was slated to run on the McGuire Proscenium Stage beginning April 30. Given the wave of performance cancellations across the country, multiple Destiny artists are now facing delayed projects at other theatres, prompting scheduling conflicts and the Guthrie to cancel its production.
The box office will contact ticket holders for A Raisin in the Sun and Destiny of Desire by email and phone to help manage these changes.
Artistic Director Joseph Haj said, “The ongoing effects of the pandemic in our industry cannot be overstated, and despite taking every available precaution, the omicron variant has proven extremely difficult to navigate within a production schedule we outlined many months ago. Given that health experts predict the COVID-19 surge may not peak in Minnesota until mid-to-late January, we felt it prudent to reconsider our calendar. As difficult as these decisions may be, we stand by them as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our artists, staff, and audiences.”
Upcoming productions of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by former Guthrie Artistic Director Joe Dowling; Kate Hamill’s new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, directed by Meredith McDonough; and Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, directed by Tamilla Woodard, are all scheduled to continue as planned. Click here for more information.