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Celebrated stage, movie actor Mark Rylance returning to the Guthrie

A big announcement from the Minneapolis theater.

The Guthrie Theater has co-commissioned a play cycle that will bring one of the world's greatest actors back to Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis theater on Monday announced a partnership with the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University for "Steel," a six-part series looking at labor relations in late 19th Century Pennsylvania.

It's the work of playwright and Oscar-winning actor Sir. Mark Rylance, who is teaming up with British artist, performer and theater maker Peter Reder.

The Guthrie and A.R.T commission will cover the first two plays in the cycle, and it will see Rylance return to the Guthrie, where he has previously performed in Peer Gynt, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, and Nice Fish.

Having made his name with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, being considered one of the greatest stage actors of his generation, Rylance made the move into movies about five years ago, winning an Oscar for his first major role in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies.

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He has become a favorite of Spielberg's, having since been cast by him in The BFG, Ready Player One, and the upcoming The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

"Mark Rylance is an extraordinary actor, playwright and theatermaker," said Guthrie Artistic Director Joseph Haj.

"It is a privilege and a pleasure to partner with A.R.T. and allow Mark the opportunity to explore this important time in our country's history and development."

No dates for the plays have yet been announced, but they're expected to be performed at the Guthrie and at A.R.T. later this year.

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