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Mint Theater to Host Special EnrichMINT Event for THE NEW MORALITY

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In honor of the centenary of Harold Chapin's heroic death on the battlefield in 1915 and their revival of Chapin's The New Morality, Mint Theater Company will present a free, one-night event titled Soldier and Dramatist: A Centennial Commemoration on Monday, September 28th at 7pm. Selections from Chapin's beautifully touching letters home will be performed by Christian Coulson, Joe Delafield, Ben Diskant, Andrew Fallaize, and Ned Noyes. Mint's Associate Director Jesse Marchese will curate and direct the evening which will feature an introduction by George Robb, Professor of History at William Patterson University.

Christian Coulson is widely known for his role as Tom Riddle in the film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He also starred opposite John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in Love is Strange. His recent theater credits include Everything You Touch (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater) and A Picture of Autumn (Mint Theater Company). His television credits include "Nurse Jackie," "Gossip Girl," and "The Good Wife." Christian is joined by Joe Delafield (Fashions for Men, Tartuffe, Theophilus North), Ben Diskant (Hit The Wall, The Cherry Orchard), Andrew Fallaize (Cornelius), and Ned Noyes (You Can't Take it With You, The New Morality, Love Goes to Press, So Help Me God!).

On September 26, 1915, playwright Harold Chapin was killed at the age of twenty-nine in an act of heroism during the Battle of Loos. The London theater community lamented Chapin's death with a memorial performance at the Queen's Theater, while his wartime letters from the front were published as Soldier and Dramatist. "We do not know how much the stage lost in the death of Harold Chapin, but we do know from these letters that the country lost a man of fine fibre and of a clear vision of life and its meaning," wrote The Guardian in 1916.

Soldier and Dramatist: A Centennial Commemoration will be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the Mint Theater lobby. Reservations are free and can be made by calling 212-315-9434 or by visiting http://minttheater.org/special-events. Availability is extremely limited.

The evening will be introduced by George Robb, who has been a member of the History Department of William Patterson University since 1993. He received his BA from the University of Texas and his PhD from Northwestern University. He teaches courses in British and Irish history and the history of crime. Professor Robb has published numerous articles on British social and cultural history, and he is the author of two books: White-Collar Crime in Modern England and British Culture and the First World War.

"The Mint does for forgotten drama what the Encores! series does for musicals, on far more modest means" (The New York Times). Mint was awarded an OBIE 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." Ben Brantley in The New York Times Arts & Leisure hailed the Mint as the "resurrectionist extraordinaire of forgotten plays."

The New Morality will continue through October 18th only at the Mint Theater, 311 West 43rd Street. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM.

Tickets are $55 with some half-price tickets (CheapTix) and Premium Seats ($65) available for most performances. Performances take place on the Third Floor of 311 West 43rd Street. Tickets are available by calling the Mint box office toll-free at 866-811-4111 or by going to www.minttheater.org where you can also see video, photos, and more.


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