The Acting Company to Kick Off OF MICE AND MEN and AS YOU LIKE IT National Tour Shows in VA, 4/20

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The Acting Company and the Guthrie Theater present a national tour of Shakespeare's As You Like It running through April 2013. Rehearsing in New York, performances began at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis before leaving on a cross country tour to 29 cities in 22 states. Dan Rothenberg, Artistic Director of Philadelphia's Pig Iron Theatre has directed Shakespeare's lushly lighthearted comedy.

The Acting Company's national tour of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is also running now through April 2013. Performances began in Santa Fe in October before the show left on a cross country tour to 44 cities in 30 states. Ian Belknap, Artistic Director of The Acting Company has directed Steinbeck's Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning tale, which is one of the most widely read stories in America.

Both tours will make several stops in Virginia this month:

April 20-21- Hampton, VA
April 23- Richmond, VA
April 27 - Manassas, VA
April 28- Fairfax, VA

The Acting Company to Kick Off OF MICE AND MEN and AS YOU LIKE IT National Tour Shows in VA, 4/20The superb casts of As You Like It and Of Mice and Men include actors from the some of the finest acting conservatories in the U.S., cast in New York and through the Guthrie Experience and its training program with the University of Minnesota

The casts follow in the footsteps of Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, Hamish Linklater, Harriet Harris, David Ogden Stiers, Jeffrey Wright and Keith David who all began their careers on tour with The Acting Company. Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972, The Acting Company has brought 138 productions to 49 states and 10 foreign countries earning a 2003 TONY for Excellence in Theater, Obies, Audelcos and Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards.

The Guthrie Theater, founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963, is one of America's leading regional theaters and is widely recognized as an American center for theater performance, production and professional training. Under the directorship of Joe Dowling, the Guthrie has built one of the finest multistage theater centers of our time. In 1982, it received a TONY Award acknowledging its outstanding contribution to the American Theater.

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