Steven Epp, Sarah Agnew and More Star in Guthrie's THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, Now thru 1/20

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The Guthrie Theater presents Yale Repertory Theatre's production of The Servant of Two Masters. Adapted by Constance Congdon from a translation of Carlo Goldoni by Christina Sibul, this comedy features Steven Epp (Guthrie: A Christmas Carol, The Caretaker; Theatre de la Jeune Lune: actor, writer, director, co-artistic director 1983-2008) as the wily servant Truffaldino and Guthrie favorite Sarah Agnew (Guthrie: Time Stands Still, The 39 Steps; Theatre de la Jeune Lune company member 1995-2001) as the strong-willed Beatrice in the story of a servant scheming to fill his pockets and his stomach by serving two masters at once.

The production will play from today, December 1, 2012 – January 20, 2013 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage. Former Guthrie company member Christopher Bayes (Broadway: The 39 Steps, Zibaldone, A Night of Conjuration; Guthrie: more than 25 productions as actor 1989-1995; Theatre de la Jeune Lune artistic associate 1984-89) will direct.

The Servant of Two Masters has been lauded in its previous runs at Yale Repertory and Shakespeare Theatre Company for its mastery of the spirit of commedia dell'arte, combining physical comedy and irreverent wit with a topical spirit that brings audiences palpably into its ribald spontaneity and high flung/lowbrow sensibility. Called a "bowlful of joy" by the Washington Post, the show has earned comparisons and allusions to everything from "The Sid Caesar Show" to "The Simpsons."

In addition to Epp and Agnew, The Servant of Two Masters cast also includes Liam Craig (Television: "Unforgettable," "Rescue Me"; Theater: Vineyard Theatre, Public Theater), Allen Gilmore (Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre), David Hanbury (Trinity Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville; Local: Mrs. Smith Live), Chivas Michael (Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Concert, Classic Stage Company), Jesse J. Perez (Television: "Law and Order," "Life on Mars"; Theater: Second Stage Uptown, Playwrights Horizons), Randy Reyes (Guthrie: M. Butterfly, A Midsummer Night's Dream), Don Darryl Rivera (Children's Theatre Company: Harold and the Purple Crayon; Seattle Children's Theatre), Adina Verson (Yale Repertory, Primary Stages) and Liz Wisan (Lincoln Center Theater: Other Desert Cities). The performance also includes musicians Carolyn Boulay and Aaron Halva.

The artistic team includes Christopher Bayes (Director), Katherine Akiko Day (Set Designer), Valérie Thérèse Bart (Costume Designer), Chuan-Chi Chan (Lighting Designer), Christopher Curtis and Aaron Halva (Composers), Charles Coes and Nathan A. Roberts (Sound Designers), Rick Sordelet (Fight Director), Stina Lotti (Stage Manager), Justin Hossle (Assistant Stage Manager) and Dario Tangleson (Assistant Director).

The Servant of Two Masters begins preview performances tonight, December 1, opens December 7 and continues through January 20, 2013 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater. Single tickets start at $29 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 www.guthrietheater.org.

The GUTHRIE THEATER (Joe Dowling, Director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. The Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. With annual attendance of nearly 500,000 people, the Guthrie Theater presents a mix of classic plays and contemporary work on its three stages. Under the artistic leadership of Joe Dowling since 1995, the Guthrie 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 and dramatic public lobbies.

Pictured: Sarah Agnew

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