Mint Theater Reveals EnrichMINT Events for LONDON WALL
Mint Theater today announced the EnrichMINT Events for their next production, London Wall by John Van Druten. All events take place immediately after the performance, and usually last under an hour. They are all FREE and open to the public. Speakers and dates subject to change without notice.
JOHN VAN DRUTEN: SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL
Saturday, February 8, after the matinee
Maya Cantu is a dramaturg, scholar and theater historian devoted to the revitalization of forgotten classics. She is currently completing her Doctor of Fine Arts degree at Yale School of Drama. Maya is Mint Theater's Dramaturgical Adviser and the author of the Van Druten biography that appears in our program.
WILLIAM J. MANN
AUTHOR OF BEHIND THE SCREEN: HOW GAYS AND LESBIANS SHAPED HOLLYWOOD
Sunday, February 9, after the matinee
John Van Druten's identity as both a gay man and talented playwright led to his becoming part of a circle of eminent gay writers living in California during the 1940s and 50s, gathered around British author Christopher Isherwood. William J. Mann will discuss Van Druten's identity and significance as a gay writer. Mann is a novelist, biographer and historian. His biography Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2006.
JULIE K. BEREBITSKY
AUTHOR OF SEX AND THE OFFICE: A HISTORY OF GENDER, POWER AND DESIRE
Saturday, February 15, after the matinee
LONDON WALL offers a look at women's continuing fight to be seen as professional equals in the workplace. Professor Berebitsky's new book, Sex and the Office: A History of Gender, Power and Desire is the first monograph to historicize our understanding of sexual harassment in the workplace. She currently holds positions as Professor of History and Director of the Women's Studies Program at Sewanee: The University of the South.
MARGARET BOE BIRNS
AUTHOR OF "JOHN VAN DRUTEN" IN THE COLUMBIA ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MODERN DRAMA
Sunday, February 16, after the matinee
Margaret Boe Birns is a lecturer on English, American and European Literature of the 20th and 19th Centuries. She teaches the courses "The Novel Today" and "Masterpieces of 19th Century Fiction" at New York University and "19th Century Masterpieces: Three Great Social Novels" at The New School. She is also a published poet.
JUDITH R. WALKOWITZ
AUTHOR OF NIGHTS OUT: LIFE IN COSMOPOLITAN LONDON
Saturday, February 22, after the matinee
The typists of LONDON WALL muse upon nights "up west" as they manage relationship and workplace pressures. Professor Walkowitz will discuss the lives-and night lives-of London shorthand typists between the wars. Her book Nights Out: Life in Cosmopolitan London reveals how London's Soho district became a showcase for a new cosmopolitan identity in the early to mid-twentieth century. Walkowitz teaches courses in British history and women's history at Johns Hopkins University.
JOHN VAN DRUTEN: A WRITER'S WRITER
FEATURING TREASURES FROM THE JOHN VAN DRUTEN PAPERS
Monday, March 17th at 6pm
PLEASE NOTE: This event takes place at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts?Bruno Walter Auditorium, 65th & Amsterdam
Mint Theater Company and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts collaborate on an intimate celebration of playwright John Van Druten. Excerpts from the author's unpublished essays, letters, diary and plays will be read, exploring Van Druten's relationship with such literary peers as Tennessee Williams, Christopher Isherwood, and Rodgers & Hammerstein. This event is open to the public, no reservations required.
Davis McCallum, who staged the 2012 Pulitzer-Prize winning play Water by the Spoonful at Second Stage, as well as the award-winning production of The Whale at Playwrights Horizons, will direct a cast that includes Julia Coffey, Katie Gibson, Matthew Gumley, Jonathan Hogan, Laurie Kennedy, Elise Kibler, Stephen Plunkett, Christopher Sears, and Alex Trow. This will be the American premiere of John Van Druten's "rivetingly entertaining" (The Guardian) romantic drama. Performances begin February 1st and continue through March 30th. Opening Night is set for Monday February 24th (7pm) at Mint's home (311 West 43rd Street).