Here's what reporter for Minneapolis Public Radio Marianne Combs reports about the season:
Of the 12 productions slated for the Guthrie's two large stages, the Wurtele thrust and the McGuire proscenium, not one of them was written by a woman. And only one of them ("Nice Fish") is being co-directed by a woman (along with Mark Rylance).
In addition, the men involved in writing and staging these plays are all white - the most diverse among them is Carlo Goldoni, an Italian playwright from the 1700s.
This situation is uncceptable and the good thing is that people know it. People are talking. People are challenging. Artistic Director Joe Dowling is being held accountable. He was utterly condescending when asked about the lack of diversity responding: "This is a self-serving argument that doesn't hold water." He also said: "But one thing I want to be very clear about, tokenism is the worst thing you can do...I employ people because of their talent, male or female. It is a very stern task to direct on a stage of our size, and I am responsible to the board for the shows we produce.” to the Star Tribune.