Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Guthrie Theater's HAY FEVER

February 28
10:19 PM 2012

Television, film and stage actress Harriet Harris (Television: "Desperate Housewives" and "Frasier;" Film: Nurse Betty, Memento; Guthrie: The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Broadway: Thoroughly Modern Millie) and stage and film actor Simon Jones (Television: "Brideshead Revisited;" Broadway: Blithe Spirit; Guthrie: Shadowlands, The Home Place) will lead the cast as Judith and David Bliss-the matriarch and patriarch of the peculiar Bliss family. Rounding out the family are John Skelley as Simon (Guthrie: Charley's Aunt) and Cat Walleck in her Guthrie debut as Sorel. 

Check out the cast photos below!

Hay Fever is set in the Bliss family's British country home. The eccentric Blisses - Judith, a recently retired stage actress, David, a self-absorbed novelist, and their two equally unconventional children- live in a world where reality slides easily into fiction. Upon entering this world, their unfortunate weekend guests - a proper diplomat (Matt Sullivan), a shy flapper (Heidi Bakke), an athletic boxer (John Catron, Guthrie: A Christmas Carol) and a fashionable sophisticate (ChariTy Jones, Guthrie: A Christmas Carol, M. Butterfly) - are repeatedly thrown into melodramatic scenes wherein their hosts profess emotions and react to situations that do not really exist.

The farce also features the talents of Anna Hanson as Amy and Torsten Johnson as William. Barbara Bryne rounds out the cast as Judith's former dresser and current housekeeper, Clara-a role that she played on Broadway in 1985.

Hay Fever begins preview performances on March 10, opens March 16 and continues through April 22, 2012, on the Wurtele Thrust Stage at the Guthrie Theater. Single tickets start at $24 and are now on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at


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