Mrs. T. and I are not the “shop till you drop” types so on that infamous exhibition of mass American consumerism known as “Black Friday” we chose to join some Spring Valley friends for a bus trip to the famous Guthrie theater in Minneapolis.
Called "a 21st century dream factory" by Time Magazine, the new Guthrie boasts three stages, a full-service restaurant, pre-show dining, numerous bars and some of the best views of Minneapolis to be found in the city. Moved and rebuilt ten years ago from its original location to a new site along the Mississippi the design of the new Guthrie was influenced by three key factors.
First, Joe Dowling had a vision for a new three-theater center that would allow the institution an expanded ability to perform a wider range of plays and to engage the public and educational organizations in a stronger way. In addition, the theater would have the ability to host regional, national and international productions.
Second, the design of the building was influenced by the size, scale and history of the historic mills adjacent to the site.
Finally, the site overlooking the Mississippi River offers incredible dramatic views of St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge. Connecting Guthrie audiences to these amazing views became a key design goal. And I was amazed as surprisingly though having been born and raised in St. Paul I have never seen the Falls of St. Anthony before and what a view it was…..
We stopped for wonderful lunch at the St. Paul Hotel and then “crossed the river” to downtown Minneapolis to see an expanded and somewhat more light hearted version of Dickens A Christmas Carol. We are all blown away at the set, the staging, the acting.... the whole production.
Upon leaving the theater for the ride home we all decided, though it was Black Friday, it had been a wonderful beginning to the joys of the Christmas season.