Christopher Hampton’s new play explores race in america.


The Guthrie Theater’s celebration of British playwright Christopher Hampton culminates with Appomattox, a newly commissioned play developed from an opera libretto Hampton wrote in 2007 with composer Philip Glass.

The first act of Appomattox is set in 1865 at the end of the Civil War, and the second act takes place 100 years later, in 1965. Contrasting these two crucial time periods in American history, the play confronts the fact that race relations in America haven’t advanced as far as we might think.

The Guthrie has devoted all three of its theaters to Hampton’s work this month. On the Wurtele Thrust Stage is Tales of Hollywood, about German intellectuals who fled Nazi Germany and got jobs writing movie scripts in Los Angeles. In the Dowling Studio, Joe Dowling directs Embers, a play adapted from a novel by Hungarian writer Sándor Márai. Oct. 5–Nov. 11. Guthrie Theater, 612-377-2224,