Mint Theater announces cast for The Daughter-in-Law by D.H. Lawrence. Performances begin Feb 8th at New York City Center Stage II. Tickets now on sale
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 12:14 pm EST 01/11/22

Mint Theater
Announces Cast for
The Daughter-in-Law
by D.H. Lawrence, Directed by Martin Platt

Featuring Amy Blackman, Ciarán Bowling, Seth Andrew Bridges, Tom Coiner, Katie Fanning, Polly McKie, Sandra Shipley, and Tina Stafford

Mint Will Return to Live Performances A New Production of Mint's Longest Running Production, Which Premiered in 2003

Performances Begin February 8th at
New York City Center Stage II
For A Limited Off-Broadway Engagement
Through March 20th Only

Tickets Now on Sale

Mint Theater Company (Jonathan Bank, Producing Artistic Director) will return to live performances with a new production of The Daughter-in-Law by D.H. Lawrence, first produced by the Mint in 2003. Martin Platt will direct a company that includes Amy Blackman (Broadway: Angels in America - National Theatre of Great Britain; Caroline, or Change -The Abbey Theater of Dublin); Ciarán Bowling (West End: Les Misérables; The Burial at Thebes - Irish Rep; A Midsummer Night's Dream - TFANA); Seth Andrew Bridges (Off-Broadway debut!); Tom Coiner (God Said This - Primary Stages); Katie Fanning (Off-Broadway debut!); Polly McKie (Mint Theater: A Day by the Sea; The Streets of New York, A Child's Christmas in Wales, The Home Place - Irish Rep); Sandra Shipley (Mint Theater: Hindle Wakes, Rutherford & Son; Broadway: Present Laughter, The Importance of Being Earnest, After Miss Julie, Blithe Spirit, Equus, Pygmalion, Vincent in Brixton, Arms and the Man, Indiscretions); and Tina Stafford (The Importance of Being Earnest - NY Classical Theatre; Ionescopade - York Theatre). Mr. Platt will be joined by his 2003 creative team: Bill Clarke (sets), Holly Poe Durbin (costumes), Jeff Nellis (lighting), and Amy Stoller (dialects), along with Lindsay Jones, who will be designing sound and Stephanie Klapper who will serve as casting director.

"Today, we begin rehearsals for our first live production in two years, with optimism, hope and determination. Every production the Mint has ever mounted required a leap of faith-why should that be any different now? Our supporters deserve the effort, and our artists deserve the opportunity. This brilliant drama by one of the most powerful and passionate authors of the 20th century is a fitting way for the Mint to look both backwards and forward, as we relaunch after a two-year absence, still committed to the pursuit of our mission, as we have been for the last 25-plus years," said Mr. Bank.
Performances will begin February 8th at New York City Center Stage II (131 West 55th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues). This limited Off-Broadway engagement will continue through March 20th only. Opening Night is set for Tuesday February 22nd (6:30pm). Tickets now on sale!

The Daughter-in-Law remains one of the Mint's most popular and successful productions. "Proof that theater history is worth excavating," The New York Times declared when naming it among the Best Productions of the Year. The original six-week run was extended to four months and received two Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Revival.

The Daughter-in-Law was neither produced nor published in Lawrence's lifetime. It first appeared in print in 1965 when a complete edition of Lawrence's plays was published for the first time. Three years later The Royal Court presented the world premiere of The Daughter-in-Law. Michael Billington of The Guardian called the play "One of the great British dramas of the 20th century." Other British productions since have provided fresh occasions to celebrate Lawrence's achievement as a playwright, but in the US, only Mint Theater Company has staged The Daughter-in-Law. L awrence's challenging idiomatic text and difficult Nottinghamshire dialect may have intimidated other producers.

Written in 1913 and set against the background of the impending national coal strike of 1912, The Daughter-in-Law tells the story of Luther Gascoyne, a young miner, and his newly wed wife Minnie, a former governess. The tensions and misunderstandings they suffer due to their different backgrounds and expectations are exacerbated by the powerful influence of Luther's mother and brought to open conflict when it is discovered that Luther, before his marriage, made another woman pregnant. As the labor unrest comes to a boil, so does the simmering conflict between Luther and Minnie.

Reviewing the Mint's 2003 production for The New York Times, Bruce Weber wrote "The Daughter-in-Law, a play by D. H. Lawrence, written probably in 1913, about the time he was working on Sons and Lovers, is interesting in so many ways that it's hard to know where to begin. Lawrence's tale of a marriage strained by class conflict is so well-constructed, so brutally intimate and so psychologically shrewd that it has the prescience and dimensions of an important modernist work… There is not an ounce of coyness in Lawrence's script, and each character has a fully grounded and virtually unshakable sense of his or her own just deserts, and as these expectations bang into one another again and again, the pain that is created is both viscerally sharp and chronically throbbing. Rarely do you see lives so persuasively scraped raw onstage. The Daughter-in-Law is never less than fascinating. And in its portrayal of characters who, each painfully circumscribed by his or her own psychological qualities, beat on one another with merciless repetition and mounting frustration, it is reminiscent of no other playwright so much as O'Neill."

"Of all the countless off-Broadway troupes with which the side streets of Manhattan are dotted, none has a more distinctive mission-or a higher artistic batting average-than the Mint Theater Company, which 'finds and produces worthwhile plays from the past that have been lost or forgotten.' If that sounds dull to you, don't be fooled: I've never seen a production there that was a sliver less than superb. Rachel Crothers's Susan and God, John Galsworthy's The Skin Game, Harley Granville-Barker's The Madras House, N.C. Hunter's A Day by the Sea, Dawn Powell's Walking Down Broadway, Jules Romains's Doctor Knock, John Van Druten's London Wall: All these fine plays and others just as good have been exhumed by the Mint to memorable effect in the 13 years that I've been reviewing the company, a tribute to the uncanny taste and unfailing resourcefulness of Jonathan Bank, the artistic director," said Terry Teachout in the Wall Street Journal. 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."

Tickets for The Daughter-in-Law, which start at $35, are now on sale. You may purchase tickets online at NYCityCenter.org, by calling 212/581-1212, or in person at the New York City Center box office located at 131 West 55th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues). There is a $2.50 facility fee on all tickets. Phone, mail, fax and internet orders incur a service charge.

City Center is a fully vaccinated venue. Approved masks must be worn by audience members, staff, and crew at all times while inside NY City Center. Upon arrival at the theater, vaccination proof must be presented along with your ticket. Please bring your government-issued photo ID and register in advance for one of the following forms of vaccination proof:
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Please visit the City Center website for the latest information.

AMY BLACKMAN (Minnie) Broadway: Angels in America (Tony winner for Best Revival). Regional: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Cincinnati Playhouse & Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Caroline, Or Change (Tantrum Theater), Skylight (Gulfshore Playhouse), Ken Ludwig's Sherwood (Cleveland Play House), Love's Labour's Lost, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, and Twelfth Night (The Old Globe), Titanic (The Muny). TV/Film: "The Deuce," "New Amsterdam," "Madam Secretary," Can't Let It Go. Amy is a proud member of Hedgepig Ensemble's Expand the Canon reading committee 2021 & 2022, and an executive producer at Future Facing Films. BFA, University of Michigan. MFA, The Old Globe/USD. @amyblackman.

CIARAN BOWLING (Joe). Born in London to Irish and American parents, Ciaran moved to NYC in 2011 to study acting at LaGuardia High School and now splits his time between New York and London. Most recently, Ciaran played the role of Grantaire in the new West End production of Les Misérables at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre and previously was the show's youngest swing at the age of 19. Ciaran can also be seen in Universal Studios filmed version of the all star staged version of Les Misérables released in 2020. Other credits include, Haemon in The Burial at Thebes for the Irish Repertory Theatre, Liam in Held Momentarily for NYMF and a Rude Elemental in Julie Taymor's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream for TFANA. In 2015, Ciaran was a Young Arts Winner.

SETH ANDREW BRIDGES (Cabman, Understudy Joe, Luther) Mint and Off-Broadway debut! Regional theatre: Alabama Story (Pioneer Theatre Company, world premiere); The Three Musketeers (Alley Theatre); Noises Off, The Three Musketeers, Great Expectations (Syracuse Stage); A Christmas Carol, The Tempest, Sherlock Holmes, Bear Country, Twelfth Night (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); The 39 Steps (Riverside Theatre); 12 Angry Men (Indiana Repertory Theatre); Peter and the Starcatcher (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Proof, One Man Two Guvnors (TheatreSquared); Hay Fever, The Dingdong (Florida Repertory Theatre); and The Liar (Gulfshore Playhouse). TV: "FBI" (CBS); "Modern Love" (Amazon); "Power Book II: Ghost (Starz); "Only Murders in the Building (Hulu); Interactive: "Red Dead Redemption 2." BFA from NYU. www.sethandrewbridges.com

TOM COINER (Luther) is thrilled to be joining the Mint for the first time. Recent theater: God Said This at Primary Stages and the Humana Festival; The Invisible Hand, Milwaukee Rep; The Full Catastrophe, On Clover Road, Wrecked, Support Group for Men, Contemporary American Theater Festival; Good Men Wanted, New York Stage & Film; Silent Sky, Merrimack Rep; Both Your Houses, The Little Foxes, The Great Society, Our Betters, Asolo Rep. Onscreen: "Law & Order SVU," "Evil," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Night Of," "Person of Interest," It's Bruno!, and Red Dead Redemption 2. Tom holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory.

KATIE FANNING (Understudy Minnie) is thrilled to be working with Mint Theater Company. Originally from Lancashire, England, Katie is a bidialectal British-American. She performed as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Ulysses in Troilus and Cressida (BOVTS), Rosalind in As You Like It and Malcolm in Macbeth (Adirondack Shakespeare Company), Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hip to Hip), and Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife (Spicy Witch Productions). MFA: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School www.katiefanning.com

POLLY MCKIE (Mrs. Purdy). Previously at The Mint: A Day by The Sea. Other Off-Broadway credits: The Streets of New York; A Child's Christmas in Wales and The Home Place (all at Irish Rep.), A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (St. Clement's), They Promised Her The Moon (Miranda Theatre Company). Regional: Lost in Yonkers (New Harmony Theatre), Into the Woods (Potsdam Music Theatre). Film: Soderbergh's Unsane (with Claire Foy), One Second Changes Everything (American Movie Award: Best Supporting Actress), Mouthpiece, The Perfect One. Web Series: "Composing Life" (a comedic mockumentary). Audiobook for Disney's Brave. Polly made her Off-Broadway debut at the Mint and is thrilled and extremely grateful to be back for their first production of 2022. Education and training: University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, H.B. studio. www.pollymckie.com @pollymckie

SANDRA SHIPLEY (Mrs. Gascoyne) is thrilled to return to the Mint where she last appeared in Hindle Wakes. She was most recently seen on Broadway in Present Laughter with Kevin Kline. Other Broadway credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, Blithe Spirit, Equus, Pygmalion, Retreat from Moscow, Vincent in Brixton, Indiscretions. Off-Broadway she has appeared in Rutherford and Son (Mint Theater Company); Suddenly Last Summer, Arms and the Man, Deep Blue Sea (Roundabout); Stuff Happens, Venus (Public); Kindertransport (MTC); Once Around the City (Second Stage); Phaedra (CSC); The Clearing (Blue Light); Hannah and Martin (Epic). Sandra toured with the first National tours of Anything Goes and Blithe Spirit (with Angela Lansbury). Her extensive regional credits include being a three year company member of both the American Repertory Theatre and the Boston Shakespeare Company and appearances with the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Dallas Theater Center, Guthrie, Hartford Stage, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, Long Wharf, Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival. UNITED KINGDOM: Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, West End. Film: Monument Ave, John Lennon Story. TV: "Law & Order," "Law & Order SVU," "Third Watch," "Lipstick Jungle," "All My Children." Awards: Elliot Norton Medal for Sustained Theatre Excellence, LA Robbie Award for Best Actress in a Drama, New England IRNE

TINA STAFFORD (Understudy Mrs. Gascoyne, Mrs. Purdy) Tours: Once, 2 years First National; Jolson the Musical First National; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. New York: York Theatre Company, New York Classical (artistic associate), 59E59, Prospect Theater Company, Soho Rep. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, Arena Stage, Barrington Stage Company, Asolo Rep, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Kansas City Rep, PCPA Theatrefest, Geva Theatre Center, Sacramento Theatre Company, Denver Center, Hangar Theatre, the Maine, Texas, and Utah Shakespearean Festivals. Proud AEA Member.
Link http://minttheater.org

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