Photo Flash: Mint Theater's TEMPORAL POWERS
The Drama Desk and OBIE Award-winning Mint Theater Company re-introduced Teresa Deevy to the world in the summer of 2010 with the production of her brilliant play Wife To James Whelan. Mint's Deevy Project continues with Temporal Powers, beginning August 3rd and continuing through September 25th at the Mint's home in the heart of the theater district, 311 West 43rd Street. Opening Night will be Monday August 29th.
Michael and Min are stone-broke and homeless, but the greatest test of their marriage comes when, after taking shelter in a crumbling ruin, they stumble upon hidden treasure. Min sees a chance to start a new life; Michael fears it's stolen and wants to give it to the priest. As the night grows dark, neither one is left able to see right from wrong. Temporal Powers, set in Ireland in the 1920's, is a story of love and loss, where hope and despair are two sides of the same contested coin. (Aidan Redmond and Rosie Benton, who received much acclaim for their supporting performances in Wife to James Whelan last season, will play Michael and Min; The New York Times said of them: "Both actors are just right, asserting their presence when the script calls for it but never overpowering the leads").
Teresa Deevy's explosive drama won First Prize in the new play competition held by The Abbey Theatre in 1932. The judges called the play "strikingly original and of fine literary quality." It was produced to great acclaim that year: "Amongst the best that The Abbey Theatre has ever staged," The Guardian reported; "one of the most thoughtful works seen for sometime at the Abbey," said The Irish Times. The Irish Independent added: "In Temporal Powers Miss Teresa Deevy has written an original and thought-provoking play. Her characters are drawn from Irish life, they speak in a rich and natural idiom, the incidents might have happened in any Irish Village. Miss Deevy knows her people, that is obvious, but the angle from which she regards them is unusual. It is not distortion, but rather that sublime quality in the artist, originality."
"The Mint does for forgotten drama what the Encores! series does for musicals, on far more modest means" (The New York Times). The 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."
Performances for Temporal Powers will be Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $55. All performances will take place on the Third Floor of 311 West 43rd Street. Tickets are available by calling the Mint box office at 212/315-0231 or go to www.minttheater.orgThe Mint continues its wildly popular CHEAP TIX: Everyone appreciates a bargain, especially these days. Mint Theater Company offers a limited number of seats for every performance at half-price ($27.50).
PHOTO CREDIT: Richard Termine