GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - One of this season's big local theater hits is a quirky play that borrows heavily from cold Minnesota winters.

The Guthrie production of "Nice Fish" is a funny story about ice fishing, friendship and the lure of life's big questions.

Two of the shows stars, Emily Swallow and Chris Carlson joined us today on KARE News@4 to discuss their roles in the show.

Created by two-time Tony Award-winning actor Mark Rylance in collaboration with Duluth poet Louis Jenkins, a master of prose poetry whose work is regularly featured on "A Prairie Home Companion," this world premiere features original music by Claire van Kampen (Peer Gynt).

"Nice Fish" centers on two men who have gone ice fishing on the last day of the season. The ice is melting and the DNR is watching. They are hoping for something essential, immortal, when a construction worker roars across the ice on his snowmobile, spear, dynamite and fancy dress in hand! And the last blizzard of the season is about to begin.

"Nice Fish" is in performance through May 18 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

For more information or tickets call the Guthrie Box Office at 612-377-2224 and online at

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