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Photos: Mark Rylance and the Cast of the Guthrie's NICE FISH Go Ice Fishing

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Two-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylanceand the cast of Nice Fish recently ventured out onto Minnesota's Silver Lake for an ice fishing expedition, a detour into a first-hand experience of the frozen north. View photos below!

Nice Fish is written by Rylance and Louis Jenkins, dedicated to Nataasha van Kampen and James Hillman. The production is directed by Rylance and Claire van Kampen (who also contributes original music) and features Rylance as Ron as well as actors Jim Lichtscheidl (Guthrie: Arms and the Man, The 39 Steps) as Erik, Emily Swallow (Guthrie: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Television: the current TNT series "Monday Mornings") as Flo and Chris Carlson (Guthrie: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, God of Carnage) as Wayne in a humorous and mythic story based on Jenkins' prose poetry. Nice Fish also features Bob Davis (Guthrie: Tales from Hollywood, Arsenic and Old Lace) as DNR Officer and Tyson Forbes (Guthrie: Peer Gynt, 1776) as Wainwright.

Rylance first appeared at the Guthrie a decade ago as Olivia in the Guthrie WorldStage Series presentation of an original practices production of Twelfth Night by Shakespeare's Globe. He returned for Measure for Measure two years later, and these pair of Globe performances sparked discussions between Rylance and the Guthrie's Joe Dowling that first led to Rylance's stark and powerful performance in the title role of 2008's Peer Gynt, and subsequently to Nice Fish. One of the most visceral and inventive actors of his generation, Rylance has won two Tony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Boeing-Boeing in 2008 and Jerusalem in 2011) as well as an Olivier Award and a Critics' Circle Theatre Award. He was the first artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, where he served from 1995 to 2005.

Rylance has co-written Nice Fish with Duluth prose poet Louis Jenkins, an evocative and frequently surrealist wordsmith whose work has been heard on "A Prairie Home Companion." Jenkins' work has been promoted in the public eye and ear by Rylance, who accepted both of his Tony Awards by reciting poems by Jenkins (including a discourse on the pastime of walking through walls).

The artistic team includes Todd Rosenthal (Scenic Designer), Ilona Somogyi (Costume Designer), Mimi Sherin (Lighting Designer), Scott W. Edwards (Sound Designer), Michael Lupu (Dramaturg), Lucinda Holshue (Voice and Dialect Coach), Marcela Lorca (Movement), Tree O'Halloran (Stage Manager), Jason Clusman (Assistant Stage Manager) and Jon Ferguson (Assistant Director).

Nice Fish begins preview performances on April 6, opens April 12 and continues through May 18, 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.

Photos: Mark Rylance and the Cast of the Guthrie's NICE FISH Go Ice Fishing

Photos: Mark Rylance and the Cast of the Guthrie's NICE FISH Go Ice Fishing
NICE FISH Cast

Photos: Mark Rylance and the Cast of the Guthrie's NICE FISH Go Ice Fishing
Mark Rylance

Photos: Mark Rylance and the Cast of the Guthrie's NICE FISH Go Ice Fishing
Mark Rylance

Photos: Mark Rylance and the Cast of the Guthrie's NICE FISH Go Ice Fishing
Mark Rylance

Photos: Mark Rylance and the Cast of the Guthrie's NICE FISH Go Ice Fishing
NICE FISH Cast

Photos: Mark Rylance and the Cast of the Guthrie's NICE FISH Go Ice Fishing


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