MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Guthrie Theater plans to provide free tickets to a production of Shakespeare’s “Pericles” to some Minneapolis students.

The Guthrie will provide free matinee tickets to 2,109 ninth-grade language arts students from nine schools in the Minneapolis School District. The program is an expansion of the Guthrie’s ongoing partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools and Project Success.

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In addition to free tickets and busing, the arts partnership offers workshops, study guides and in-school visits to help students and teachers connect with Shakespeare’s romance.

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Students are invited to attend a 30-minute pre-play workshop. Each matinee is followed by a 45-minute post-play discussion.

New artistic director Joseph Haj will make his directorial debut at the Guthrie with “Pericles.” The production runs from Jan. 16 through Feb. 21.

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