Adjusting The Thrust

The new Guthrie complex sports no fewer than three performance spaces within its huge blue shell, each with its own theatrical mission. But the legacy of this company has always been predicated on its use of the “thrust” stage, which can make an audience feel like it’s in the middle of the action, but can also limit a director’s choices. In designing the new stages (one of which is a thrust,) the Guthrie’s artistic team is hoping to preserve most of what Twin Cities audiences are used to seeing, but open up a wider range of options for the future.