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Mint Theater Company's mission is to find and produce worthwhile plays from the past that have been lost or forgotten. We create new life for these plays through research, dramaturgy, production, documentation, publication, readings and a variety of enrichment programs.
In the words of New York Times' critic Ben Brantley, Mint Theater is the "resurrectionist extraordinaire of forgotten plays." We scour the dramaturgical dustbin for worthwhile plays from the past that have been lost or neglected—and we create new life for them through production, publication, and educational initiatives.
We do more than blow the dust off neglected plays; we make vital connections between the past and present. As the Times' Jason Zinoman wrote in his review of our 2010 production of Jules Romains' prescient 1923 farce DR. KNOCK, "If there's anything you learn by going regularly to the Mint, it's that the world has changed less than you think."
The Mint was founded in 1992. Jonathan Bank became artistic director in 1995 and began to shape the company's mission, focusing on lost plays. Our first major success came in 1999 with the American premiere of THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE, written by Harley Granville-Barker in 1905. "A playwright, and a company, couldn't do much better," wrote the New York Times.
Since then, we've produced over 30 neglected plays—terrific works by talented playwrights that might otherwise have been lost forever. A.A. Milne was remembered primarily as a children's author until the Mint presented incandescent productions of MR. PIM PASSES BY in 1997 and again in 2003—in rotating rep with his drama THE TRUTH ABOUT BLADYS. D.H. Lawrence's plays were unknown in America until the Mint produced acclaimed productions of THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW in 2003 and THE WIDOWING OF MRS. HOLROYD in 2009. Ernest Hemingway's only play—the impassioned Spanish Civil War drama THE FIFTH COLUMN—languished on library shelves for seventy years until we presented its American premiere in 2008.
Nearly half of the plays we've produced have been by women, from Zona Gale, whose MISS LULU BETT we presented in 1999 to Githa Sowerby, whose RUTHERFORD AND SON we produced in 2001 and 2012. In 2006, we re-introduced New York audiences to Rachel Crothers—once the toast of Broadway—with our highly praised production of SUSAN AND GOD, followed by our equally acclaimed production of Crothers' 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 three-year, three-production effort to resurrect her work and reputation, starting with WIFE TO JAMES WHELAN in 2010, continuing with TEMPORAL POWERS in 2011, and concluding with KATIE ROCHE in 2012.
Our work has been recognized with an Obie Grant (2001), a special Drama Desk Award (2002), and the Theater History Museum's Theatre Preservation Award (2010) along with a host of Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominations. In fulfilling our mission, we've created some the most compelling theater in New York. As Gwen Orel wrote in the Irish Examiner "We are lucky in New York to have the Mint here. If all they did was find and stage these plays, it would be enough, but what they do is reincarnate them into striking works of art."
Board of Trustees
- Jonathan Bank
- Bob Donnalley
- Ciro Gamboni
- John P. Harrington
- Jann Leeming
- Eleanor Reissa
Directions & Contact Info
A favorite of many companies looking to rent a theater in mid-town. We are conveniently located on 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. Easily reached by the all Times Square trains and buses. The theater is available for use 24 hours a day. Equity approved, or perfect for non-union use. We provide the space, the light and sound package and utilities – you provide your own staff. Our spacious lobby can accommodate a pre- or post-show event. Call us to arrange a visit and to check for open time slots. Rates are reasonable.
Rentals are Monday to Monday, minimum of 2 weeks.
- Playing area 29' deep x 24'3" wide between columns, plus wings of approx. 10' each side
- Ceiling height 12'4" with Grid height of 11' 1 1/2 "
- Seating area 99 fixed seats, plus one removable (handicap accessible) seat. 7 rows of seats, from the floor to the back. Front row does not look up to the stage. No standing room
- Lobby with box office, display counters and concession area with mini-fridge
- Heating and air conditioning system
- 3 dressing rooms with accommodation for 12 actors and 1 backstage restroom
- The freight elevator hours are Mon. thru Fri 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm,
no weekends or holidays. Renters are allowed 2 guaranteed big loads per
day so please plan accordingly. 24 hours notice is generally required
to secure use.
- Elevator interior dimensions 6'6"w x 6'd x 8'10" h, door opening 6'8" x 8'6". No steps
- Full sound and light inventory, featuring ETC Express 24/48 console and 60 ETC sensor 2.4k dimmers
- Masking and softgoods available to rent