Mint Theater Announces Cast for KATIE ROCHE
Mint Theater (Jonathan Bank, Artistic Director) today announced the cast for the first-ever American Production of Katie Roche by Teresa Deevy. The Mint production will run from January 26th to March 24th at their home (311 West 43rd Street). Opening Night is set for Monday, February 25th.
Katie Roche is the final production of Mint's ambitious three-year project dedicated to the brilliant Teresa Deevy. Mint Theater Company has single-handedly put Deevy back onto the literary map with their acclaimed productions of Wife To James Whelan in 2010 and Temporal Powers in 2011. Katie Roche and the Deevy Project are supported in part by a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Featured in the cast, directed by Mr. Bank, will be Margaret Daly, Jon Fletcher, David Friedlander, Thomas M. Hammond, Jamie Jackson, John O'Creagh, and Fiana Toibin. The title role will be played by Wrenn Schmidt who currently appears as Julia Sagorsky opposite Jack Huston and Mark Borkowski in Season 3 of HBO's Emmy-nominated "Boardwalk Empire." Katie Roche will have set design by Vicki R. Davis, costume design by Martha Hally, lighting design by Nicole Pearce, sound design by Jane Shaw, and prop design by Joshua Yocum.
"Masterpiece is a word to be used sparingly, but I have no hesitation in applying it to Miss Deevy's Katie Roche. Imagine a play in which the really eloquent and revealing things are the sentences The Players do not say; a play in which words become almost unimportant and situation everything; a play of fantastic irony, of vital convincing characters, of superb craftsmanship. That is Katie Roche." So said The Irish Independent in 1936.
Katie is a servant girl of uncertain parentage. She is wild with ambition and dreams of finding something great to do. Teresa Deevy's drama takes you on Katie's journey as she struggles to find herself and her destiny. Originally produced by Ireland's Abbey Theatre in 1936, Katie Roche was included in the Gollancz Anthology of "Famous Plays of 1936" ("even though it cannot yet be called famous," wrote the editor in a preface) along with Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing. The Abbey chose Katie Roche to kick off their US tour in 1937 and in 1938 it was produced in London.
Even those who praised the play most enthusiastically had difficulty describing it. The critic for the London Times acknowledged: "It is almost impossible to give an idea of the quality of this really fine play." The Independent critic had no hesitation in calling the play a "masterpiece," neither did he hesitate to "admit frankly that I do not appreciate it fully at the moment. It is a play to be read, to be studied, to be seen again and again."