Mint Theater Co's DAYS TO COME Extends Through October 6
Mint Theater will extend the revival of Days to Come by Lillian Hellman, hailed as "one of the most important playwrights of the American theater" (New York Times). Performances will now continue through October 6th at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). Opening Night is set for August 26th.
Mint Theater continues its commitment to present undiscovered gems from women playwrights. Nearly a third of the plays produced by Mint have been by women, ?from Pulitzer-Prize winning plays by Zona Gale? and Susan Glaspell, to ?work by Cicely Hamilton, ?Githa Sowerby?, Hazel Ellis, Maurine Dallas Watkins, Rose Franken and Dawn Powell.? In 2006, New York audiences were re-introduced to Rachel Crothers - once the toast of Broadway - with the highly praised production of Susan and God, followed by ?an ?equally acclaimed production of Crothers's A Little Journey in 2011. Teresa Deevy had all but slipped from memory, even in her native Ireland - until the Mint came to her rescue with a ?four-production?, two-publication? effort to resurrect her work and reputation, starting with Wife to James Whelan in 2010, continuing with Temporal Powers in 2011,? ?Katie Roche in 2012? and The Suitcase Under the Bedin 2018?. ?Now, add Lillian Hellman to that roster!
Hellman's second play, Days to Come, is a family drama set against the backdrop of labor strife in a small Ohio town which threatens to tear apart both town and family. "It's the story of innocent people on both sides who are drawn into conflict and events far beyond their comprehension," Hellman said in an interview before Days to Come opened in 1936. "It's the saga of a man who started something he cannot stop..."Days to Come was revived only once in New York, in 1978, by The WPA Theatre. In reviewing that production for The Nation, Harold Clurman wrote that that "our knowledge of what Hellman would subsequently write reveals that Days to Come is not mainly concerned with the industrial warfare which is the 'stuff' of her story for the first two acts. Hellman's real preoccupation is "the lack of genuine values of mind or spirit" of her principle characters, the factory-owning Rodmans.
More than a neglected curiosity by one of America's greatest playwrights, Days to Come is subtle, complex and vital drama: "Very much worth seeing," indeed.
J.R. Sullivan directs a cast that features Mary Bacon (Mint Theater: Women Without Men, Madras House; Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, Rock 'n' Roll, Arcadia; Off-Broadway: The Tribute Artist, Giant, Harrison, TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote); Janie Brookshire (Mint Theater: Wife to James Whelanand the title role in Mary Broome; other Off-Bway: The Mound Builders, Man and Superman, The Misanthrope), Larry Bull (Bway: The Coast of Utopia; Off-Bway: The Traveling Lady, Rocket to the Moon), Chris Henry Coffey(Bway: Bronx Bombers; Off-Bway: Water By The Spoonful, Fountainhead, Frank's Home), Dan Daily (Bway: The Tenth Man; Off-Bway: A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Subject Was Roses, Widowers' Houses, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Scarlet Letter), Ted Deasy (Bway: The 39 Steps; eight seasons at Oregon Shakespeare), Roderick Hill (Mint Theater: Return of the Prodigal, Mary Broome; Bway: Butley, Lestat; other Off-Bway: Stalking the Bogeyman, Unnatural Acts, The Irish Curse, Cymbeline), Betsy Hogg (Bway:Peter and the Starcatcher, Fiddler on the Roof, The Crucible; Off-Bway: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), Kim Martin-Cotten (Broadway: Time and the Conways, The Little Foxes, The Merchant of Venice; Drama Desk Award nomination: A Moon for the Misbegotten), Geoffrey Allen Murphy (Bway:The Nance, War Horse), and Evan Zes (Off-Bway: Incident at Vichy, The Freedom of the City, White Woman Street, Around the World in 80 Days, American Dreams: Lost and Found; Rent Control - writer and performer).
Performances for Days to Come are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at7:30pm with matinees Saturday & Sunday at 2pm. No performance: Saturday September 8th at 2:00; Tuesday September 18th at 7:30. Special added Matinees at 2pm on Wednesday September 5th, Thursday September 20th,Wednesday October 3rd. All performances take place at Theater Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and Dyer Avenues).
Tickets for Days to Come are $65.00 (including $2.25 theater restoration fee) and can be purchased online at Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200 or in person at the Theatre Row Box Office.
For more information, including photos and videos of Mint productions, visit minttheater.org.