Randy Harrison, Erin Mackey, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi and More Set for Guthrie’s SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, June 17 – August 20

Randy Harrison and Erin Mackey. Photo courtesy of Facebook
Randy Harrison and Erin Mackey. Photo courtesy of Facebook

The Guthrie Theater is presenting Sunday in the Park with George starring “Queer as Folk” star Randy Harrison (Guthrie: The Glass Menagerie) who will play French pointillist painter George Seurat, a role originated by Mandy Patinkin in the 1984 Broadway production, and Broadway vet Erin Mackey (Guthrie: South Pacific) who will play Seurat’s lover and model, Dot, a role originated by Bernadette Peters.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, a book by James Lapine, and directed by Joseph Haj, Sunday in the Park with George will play June 17 – August 20, 2017 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets start at $15 for preview performances and are on sale now through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at guthrietheater.org.

Director Joseph Haj and Christine Toy Johnson (Old Lady). Photo courtesy of Facebook
Director Joseph Haj and Christine Toy Johnson (Old Lady). Photo courtesy of Facebook

Inspired by Georges Seurat’s 1884 painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Sunday in the Park with George merges past and present into a poignant and sophisticated exploration of what it takes, and what it costs, to be an artist. George is an obsessive painter who risks it all, including his relationship with his lover Dot, to complete his latest masterpiece. A century later, George’s great-grandson is working as an artist in New York City. In search of inspiration, he soon discovers that the answer to his future is painted clearly in his past.

Rounding out the cast are Sasha Andreev (Guthrie: The Two Gentlemen of Verona) as Franz / Alex, Christian Bardin (Guthrie: The Crucible, The Primrose Path) as Celeste #2 / a Photographer, Cat Brindisi (Guthrie: The Parchman Hour, South Pacific) as Celeste #1 / Betty, David Darrow (Guthrie: The Royal Family, The Parchman Hour) as Soldier / Dennis, Emily Gunyou Halaas (Guthrie: Sense and Sensibility, Uncle Vanya) as Nurse / Mrs. / Harriet Pawling, Christine Toy Johnson (Guthrie: South Pacific) as Old Lady / Blair Daniels, Benjamin Lohrberg (Guthrie: South Pacific) as the Soldier’s Companion, Ann Michels (Guthrie: The Cocoanuts, My Fair Lady) as Yvonne / Naomi Eisen, Justin Lee Miller (Guthrie: debut) as Boatman / Lee Randolph, Paul Nakauchi (Guthrie: debut) as Jules / Bob Greenberg, Britta Ollmann (Guthrie: debut) as Frieda / Elaine, T. Mychael Rambo (Guthrie: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Burial at Thebes) as Mr. / Charles Redmond and Max Wojtanowicz (Guthrie: debut) as Louis / Billy Webster. In addition, young actors Maia Hernandez and Natalie Tran will share the role of Louise / Bather.

The creative team for Sunday in the Park with George includes Joseph Haj (Director), Mark Hartman (Music Director / Conductor), Christopher Windom(Choreographer), Jan Chambers (Scenic Designer), Toni-Leslie James (Costume Designer), Jane Cox (Lighting Designer), Caite Hevner (Projection Designer), Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Designer), Jill Walmsley Zager (Vocal Coach), Carla Steen (Dramaturg), Victor Zupanc (Musical Contractor), Greg Theisen (Orchestrations), Chris A. Code (Stage Manager), Justin Hossle (Assistant Stage Manager), Jane Heer (Assistant Stage Manager) and Addie A. Gorlin (Assistant Director).

Randy Harrison (George) made his Guthrie debut in the 2006-07 season production of The Glass Menagerie, in which he played a young Tom Wingfield. He is perhaps best-known for his role as Justin Taylor in the Showtime series “Queer as Folk.” Most recently, Harrison starred as the Emcee in the national tour of Cabaret and as Boq in the Broadway production of Wicked. Off-Broadway he has performed at The Public Theater, Theatre for a New Audience, Primary Stages and Red Bull Theatre; regionally he has performed at Yale Repertory Theater and Shakespeare Theatre in D.C., among others. His film credits include Such Good People (2014) and Bang Bang You’re Dead (2002).

Erin Mackey (Dot) made her Guthrie debut in last summer’s South Pacific, and most recently appeared in In Transit on Broadway. Additional Broadway credits include Amazing Grace, Chaplin, Anything Goes, Sondheim on Sondheim and Wicked (also Chicago and Los Angeles companies). Regional and Off-Broadway productions include Sweeney Todd (with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, also aired on PBS), Lady Be Good (NY City Center Encores!), South Pacific (Paper Mill Playhouse and Music Theater Wichita), The Light in the Piazza (South Coast Repertory), Phantom (PCLO), I Remember Mama (York Theater), A Taste of Things to Come (Bucks County Playhouse).

Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson
Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Christine Toy Johnson (Old Lady / Blair Daniels) is an award-winning actor, writer, director and advocate for inclusion.

Her plays and musicals have been developed/produced at such places as the Roundabout Theatre Company, the O’Neill Theater Center, the Barrow Group, Village Theatre, Prospect Theater Company, Weston Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre Company, InterAct Theater Company, and the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, and have been published by Indie Theater Now. An anthology of her work was inducted into the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection in 2010.

As a performer, she has been breaking the color barrier in non-traditionally cast roles for over 25 years, and has been featured extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide. Highlights include: Broadway – THE MUSIC MAN, GREASE!, CHU CHEM; National Tours – BOMBAY DREAMS, FLOWER DRUM SONG, CATS. Off-Broadway: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (cast album), PACIFIC OVERTURES, BALANCING ACT (cast album), PHILIP GOES FORTH (Mint Theatre), GENESIS (NYSF) etc; Television – nearly 100 appearances including THE AMERICANS (recurring), LAW AND ORDER: SVU (recurring), MR. ROBOT, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, MADAM SECRETARY, THE BLACKLIST, BRAINDEAD, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, 30 ROCK, UGLY BETTY, NUNSENSE, NUNSENSE II, 2 years on ONE LIFE TO LIVE etc.

She is a proud member of the Councils of both the Dramatists Guild and Actors’ Equity Association and received the Rosetta LeNoire Award for “outstanding contributions to the universality of the human spirit” from Actors’ Equity Association in 2013. For more, please visit www.christinetoyjohnson.com.

Paul Nakauchi
Paul Nakauchi

Paul Nakauchi (Jules / Bob Greenberg) has worked in many facets of the entertainment industry., including theater, voice overs, television and film. He began his career in the ensemble of the King and I with the legendary Yul Brynner. He was in the 1996 revival with Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips and two years, later he ascended to the throne of the “King” on London’s West End starring opposite Elaine Paige, and most recently finished a year and a half run of the 2016 Tony award winning revival directed by Bart Sher as the Kralahome starring with Ken Watanabe and Tony award winners, Kelli O’Hara, and Ruthie Ann Miles. His other theater credits include the First National Tour of Miss Saigon, as well as the world premier of Allegiance the musical dramatizing the interment of Japanese Americans during WWII at the Old Globe in San Diego, where he played Tatsuo Kimura, fictional father of Star Trek’s George Takei. He has voiced numerous animated characters including, Wong in Marvel’s “Dr Strange,” Hutch in Lionsgate’s “Alpha and Omega,” “Savatte in “Star Wars, the Clone Wars,” as well as numerous video games, such as “Game of Thrones,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria,” and Blizzard’s most recent release, “Overwatch” in which his voice enhabits the samurai Hanzo. His TV credits include “ER,” “Star Trek, Deep Space 9.” Hulu’s “Deadbeat,” and his film credits include “The Great Raid,” He recently completed filming Adam Wingard’s adaptation of the anime series “Death Note,” where he plays the role of Watari.

Sunday in the Park with George begins June 17 and continues through August 20, 2017 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets start at $15 for preview performances and are now on sale through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at guthrietheater.org.

RELATED EVENTS:
All events will be held at the Guthrie Theater (818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis) unless otherwise noted.

Post-Play Discussions
The best conversations happen after hours. Stay late on these dates for a discussion with the artists who bring the show to life.

Sunday, June 25 at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 2 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 22 at 1 p.m.

How’d They Do That? Workshop
Learn from Guthrie artists and staff how a production is created – from literary background to set and costume design to the staging of the play.
Saturday, July 8 at 9 a.m.

ACCESS DATES:

ASL Performances
Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m.
Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Audio Described Performances
Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m.

Open Captioned Performances
Saturday, July 8 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12 at 1 p.m.
Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.

If you have specific program questions or need an accommodation, contact the Accessibility Office by phone at 612.225.6390(voice) or 612.225.6391 (TTY) or email at accessibility@guthrietheater.org.

THE GUTHRIE THEATER (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training, dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature and to cultivating the next generation of theater artists. Under the leadership of Haj, the Guthrie produces a mix of classic and contemporary plays on three stages, and 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, full-service restaurants and dramatic public lobbies.

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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