The Guthrie today announced that Rob Melrose, assistant
director for Othello (2003) and
Artistic Director of San Francisco's The Cutting Ball Theater, will direct
David Marshall Grant's Pen. A sly,
perceptive new play about finding love, losing control and making the ultimate
sacrifice, Pen begins previews
November 3 and runs through November 25 in the Dowling Studio. Tickets are
priced from $18 to $34 and are on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at
612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE and online at www.guthrietheater.org.
"As the 1960s come to a close, 17-year-old Matt Bayer (Marc
Halsey) struggles to find balance out in the world and at home with his mother
Helen (Michelle Barber). Confined to a wheelchair, Helen's multiple sclerosis
continues to degenerate both her body and relationship with Matt; her sharp
tongue and overbearing neediness threatens to stifle his last year of high
school. Complicating matters is Matt's father, Jerry (Philip Callen), who left
home to escape the pain of his wife's disease," explain press notes, "New
Year's Eve finds the three together in one room for the first time in years,
revealing the scars affecting from each person's painful struggle. Backed into
a corner, the young man makes a choice that unleashes a series of events which
force a broken family to confront its unresolved wounds. On a night dedicated
to looking toward the future, Helen and Matt get a chance to glimpse the world
from each other's perspective with help from an unlikely place."
Pen is the latest
play from Grant, the actor/playwright whose first play, Snakebit, was nominated for both a 1999 Drama Desk and Outer
Critics Circle Award. As an actor, he is best known for playing opposite
Richard Gere in Broadway's Bent and
for his Tony nominated performance as Joe Pitt in Tony Kushner's Angels in America. His acting credits
include film and television work in The
Rock, Air America, "And the Band
Played On," "Citizen Cohn," "thirtysomething," "Labor of Love," and "Nothing
Sacred." Currently, Grant serves as a writer and story editor for the ABC Drama
"Brothers & Sisters."
The artistic staff for Pen includes Rob Melrose (Director and
Set Designer), Christine Richardson (Costume Designer), Frank Butler (Lighting
Designer), C. Andrew Mayer (Sound Designer), Michael Lupu (Dramaturgy), Michele
Harms (Stage Manager), Christopher Flores (Assistant Stage Manager).
The Guthrie is located at 818 South 2nd Street (at Chicago Avenue), in
To purchase tickets or season subscriptions call the Guthrie Box Office between
10 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily at 612.377.2224 or toll-free 877.44.STAGE. For more
information, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.guthrietheater.org.
First preview is November 3 at 7:30PM; Opening Night is
November 7 at 7:30PM with performances through November 25 at 7PM. Show time are Wednesdays through Saturdays at
7:30PM; Sundays at 7PM and matinees on Selected Saturdays and Sundays at 1PM.
Tickets ($18 - $34) are available at the Guthrie Box Office:
612.377.2224 or toll-free 877.44.STAGE. Tickets may be purchased online at www.guthrietheater.org.