MINNEAPOLIS - The renowned Guthrie Theater has announced the inaugural mainstage season under new artistic director Jospeh Haj.

The nine productions include Kate Hamill's adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," Shakespeare's "King Lear," Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye," and Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George" on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.

They also include "The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the '61 Freedom Riders" by Mike Wiley, "The Lion in Winter," "The Royal Family," "Refugia" and "Native Gardens" on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

Haj says the nine plays, at their core, tell "dynamic, captivating and engaging stories" worthy of the Guthrie audience and the greater community.

In addition to the 2016-17 mainstage subscription season, the Guthrie will present its 42nd annual production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."