|Mint Theater continues free on demand streaming with A PICTURE OF AUTUMN by N.C Hunter, directed by Gus Kaikkonen, beginning Monday April 19th|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:00 pm EDT 04/16/21|
|"N. C. Hunter's 1951 play A Picture of Autumn, lovingly revived by the Mint Theater Company… The cast is stellar. George Morfogen gives a standout performance. Barbara Eda-Young is likewise terrific." - New York Times
"N.C. Hunter's beautiful, shamefully neglected comedy was performed only once in London in 1951, and receives its American premiere here. It's a big, generous play, exquisitely written, both funny and touching." - The New Yorker
"A Picture of Autumn is impressive in every way, and the Mint's staging, directed with quiet intelligence by Gus Kaikkonen and acted by a top-drawer ensemble cast, is so strong that in a perfect world it would trigger a general revival of interest in Mr. Hunter's work." - Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
Mint Theater Company
Silver Lining Streaming Series:
Archival Recordings of Acclaimed Mint Productions, Streaming Free and On Demand,
In Honor of Its Silver Anniversary Season
Beginning Monday April 19th:
A Picture of Autumn
by N.C Hunter
Directed by Gus Kaikkonen
Featuring Helen Cespedes, Christian Coulson, Barbara Eda-Young, Katie Firth, Jonathan Hogan, George Morfogen, Paul Niebanck, Mark Emerson, and Jill Tanner
Closed Captioning Available!
Direct from Mint's Virtual Home: MintTheater.org
Mint Theater Company (Jonathan Bank, Producing Artistic Director) will continue the highly popular Silver Lining Streaming Series with the on-demand streaming of the two-camera archival recording (filmed in HD!) of A Picture of Autumn by N.C Hunter, directed by Gus Kaikkonen beginning Monday April 19th, and continuing through June 13th. The price of admission is FREE. NO PASSWORD REQUIRED! Closed captioning is now available for all of Mint's upcoming streaming productions.
Also currently available on demand are Women Without Men by Hazel Ellis which has been extended through April 18th and Yours Unfaithfully starring Todd Cerveris , Mikaela Izquierdo, Elisabeth Gray, Stephen Schnetzer, and Tony & Drama Desk Award nominee Max von Essen, streaming through May 16th only.
Featured in A Picture of Autumn are Helen Cespedes (The Cripple of Inishmaan - Broadway, Timon of Athens - RSC/TFANA, Fefu and Her Friends - TFANA, The School for Scandal - Red Bull Theater), Christian Coulson (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; "Gossip Girl," "Nurse Jackie," "Mozart in the Jungle," "The Good Wife," Journey's End - West End), Barbara Eda-Young (Death of a Salesman, 'night, Mother - Broadway; Slavs! - New York Theatre Workshop, Carson McCullers [Historically Inaccurate] - Playwrights Horizons/Women's Project), Mark Emerson (Phantom of the Opera North American Tour, Prior in Angels in America Lyric Hammersmith/U.K. tour), Katie Firth (Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories, A Day by the Sea, Susan and God, Far & Wide - Mint Theater, Museum - Keen Co), Jonathan Hogan (Broadway: As Is - Tony and Drama Desk nominations, Burn This, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Fifth of July, Taking Steps; The Madras House, London Wall, Hindle Wakes - Mint Theater), George Morfogen (March 30, 1933 - March 8, 2019; Broadway: A Man for All Seasons, Fortune's Fool, An Inspector Calls, Arms and the Man; Cyrano de Bergerac - Roundabout; Henry V, Cymbeline, Hamlet, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream - Public Theater; Principia Scriptoriae, Golden Age - Manhattan Theatre Club; The Voysey Inheritance, A Farewell to the Theatre & The Flattering Word, The Lonely Way, The Madras House, Donogoo, A Day by the Sea - Mint Theater), Paul Niebanck (Broadway: In the Next Room or the vibrator play; Much Ado About Nothing, All's Well That Ends Well, Coriolanus, Pericles - TFANA; The Revenger's Tragedy, The Changeling - Red Bull; A Walk in the Woods, BOY, Such Things Only Happen in Books - Keen Co; upcoming: West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg), and Jill Tanner (Broadway: Enchanted April; Hindle Wakes, A Day by the Sea, Fashions for Men, Mary Broome - Mint Theater). A Picture of Autumn has set design by Charles Morgan, costume design by Sam Fleming, lighting design by William Armstrong, sound design by Jane Shaw.
A Picture of Autumn is a sensitive, intelligent and comic depiction of one family's attempt to grow old gracefully. Autumn tells the story of Charles and Margaret Denham, living in disarray in the decaying ancestral home with ancient Uncle Harry and senile Nanny. Their son Robert returns to England after several years abroad and finds that both the house and its occupants have faded from past glory. When an opportunity to sell the burdensome property arises, Robert leaps at the chance to help his parents downsize.
A Picture of Autumn made its debut on February 11, 1951 in a one-night 'try-out' performance presented by the Repertory Players, at the Duke of York's Theatre on London's West End. Despite promising reviews, the play was never picked up. Instead, Hunter enjoyed great success with his plays Waters 0f the Moon, A Day by the Sea and A Touch of the Sun, which dominated the West End throughout the fifties. Meanwhile, A Picture of Autumn gathered dust until Mint's acclaimed production-the play's first in over 60 years.
N.C. Hunter (1908-1971) was one of the leading English dramatists of the 1950s and early 1960s. As theatrical revolution - spearheaded by John Osborne and his school of "angry young men" - exploded around him, Hunter kept his head down and provided moving portraits of a people questioning their own purpose in chaotic post-war England. Norman Charles Hunter was born on September 18, 1908 in Derbyshire. Originally intending to follow in the footsteps of his father, a decorated Lieutenant Colonel, Hunter was educated at the Royal Military College. In 1930 he was commissioned in the Dragoon Guards but relinquished his position three years later, deciding to devote his life to literary pursuits. He found a day job on the staff of the BBC and began writing. In the years prior to World War II, Hunter produced six plays and four novels. Hunter returned to playwriting in 1947 after having served with the Royal Artillery during the war. Over the next four years, Hunter continued to develop his craft, eventually acquiring a reputation as the "English Chekhov". Waters of the Moon brought Hunter to prominence.
It was followed by A Day by the Sea, which opened in 1953 and ran for 386 performances starring Dame Sybil Thorndike, Irene Worth, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson. In New York, A Day by the Sea opened in 1955 with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn headlining Hunter's only Broadway production. In reviewing A Day by the Sea in The New York Times, Brooks Atkinson called Hunter "a writer with a lot of charm, skill and taste" and went on to acknowledge that "to call a playwright 'Chekhovian' today is to utter opprobrium and to consign him to the doghouse. For 'Chekhovian' has become a synonym for preciousness and languor... But the word is not applied to him maliciously in this column. For he is a reflective writer in his own right. The dawdling pace, the improvised narrative, the characterizations of people who associate but never blend, the random remarks - are methods that become him. They result in a subtle, civilized comedy."
Mint presented A Day by the Sea, directed by Austin Pendleton, for an extended run in 2016. A Day by the Sea, Mint's first production as a resident company at Theatre Row, was a New York Times Critic's Pick: "There's so much to like about the Mint Theater Company's revisiting of A Day by the Sea that it's hard to know what to single out," wrote Neil Genzlinger, calling the play "a beautiful study in conversations never had, or had too late." In The Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout called the play, "that rarest of rarities, a forgotten masterpiece, acted by the best ensemble cast I've seen in recent seasons and staged with taut vitality by Austin Pendleton." He later selected it as the year's "best revival of a modern play" for the Wall Street Journal's "Best Theater of 2016" feature. A Day by the Sea ranks among the Mint's best reviewed, best attended productions ever.
Mint has been investing in creating professionally shot and edited full length, three-camera archival recordings filmed in HD since 2013. No Zoom boxes or Computer Generated Imagery - these are professional quality, high-definition recordings of live performances, captured in the theater with live audiences. Mint's recordings are meant for private viewing only and may not be screened for any other purpose. These recordings have been made available in partnership with the employees represented by Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, Actors' Equity Association and United Scenic Artists. Mint is proud to pay our artists.
UP NEXT: The final offering of this series of full length archival recordings streaming on demand will be The Fatal Weakness by George Kelly, directed by Jesse Marchese (5/17 to 6/27).
Mint was awarded an OBIE Award for "combining the excitement of discovery with the richness of tradition" and a special Drama Desk Award for "unearthing, presenting and preserving forgotten plays of merit."
To learn more about Mint's On Demand Streaming, go to minttheater.org. The price of admission is FREE. NO PASSWORD REQUIRED!
For more information, including photos and videos of all previous Mint productions, visit minttheater.org.
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