By Miles Malleson
Directed by Jonathan Bank
December 27th through February 18th
- Tuesday – Saturday 7:30pm
- Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 2:30pm
The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
(between 9th and 10th Ave)
An “un-Romantic” Comedy about the price of free love
YOURS UNFAITHFULLY is an insightful, intelligent and exceptionally intimate peek behind the closed doors of an open marriage. Stephen and Anne, blissfully happy for eight years, are committed to living up to their ideals. When Stephen, a writer who isn’t writing, begins to sink into a funk of unproductive moodiness, Anne encourages him to seek out a fresh spark. Can their marriage survive uncompromising generosity, sacrifice and love?
Few qualities are so rare among contemporary dramatists as the power, which Mr. Malleson possesses, to create love that looks to no audience but its own. His lovers preserve, even on the stage, so much of the deep privacy of love, so much of its power in instants of magic to exclude the world as if the world was not, that we who watch are made intruders. – The Times, reviewing Merrileon Wise by Miles Malleson 1926
YOURS UNFAITHFULLY was published in 1933 but never produced, making Mint’s production a very belated World Premiere.
A handful of newspapers reviewed YOURS UNFAITHFULLY in its printed form in 1933. The Spectator described it as “vivacious and intelligent, as you would expect from Mr. Malleson.” Bertrand Russell (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1950) critiqued the play for the Observer, calling it “the best play that Mr. Malleson has hitherto produced, both because it is well constructed and moves with great sureness, and also because it is quite free from all taint of propaganda…The subject is treated delightfully, with humor and kindliness and without any dogmatic conclusion. The characters behave as real people do behave, and not according to some convention of the theatre.”
Russell neglects to mention that the play seems to find inspiration in his own marriage (to Dora). It’s no surprise that the critic is slightly grudging about the play’s humor: “It has some very good comic situations, and I suppose the troubles of the principal characters might be regarded as amusing, although from their own point of view they are very uncomfortable.”
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Max von Essen
- Directing Jonathan Bank
- Sets Carolyn Mraz
- Costumes Hunter Kazcorowski
- Lights Xavier Pierce
- Original Music & Sound Jane Shaw
- Props Joshua Yocom
- Casting Stephanie Klapper, CSA
- Production Stage Manager Kathy Snyder
- Assistant Stage Manager Jeff Meyers
- Illustration Stefano Imbert
- Graphics Hey Jude Design, Inc.
- Advertising The Pekoe Group
- Press David Gersten & Associates
“LIBERTY AND LOVE? THE MARRIAGE OF DORA AND BERTRAND RUSSELL”
DEBORAH GORHAM, CARLETON UNIVERSITY
Wednesday, December 28 after the matinee
Deborah Gorham serves as Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University. She is the author of Marion Dewar: A Life of Action and Vera Brittain: A Feminist Life. She has published articles on the marriage of Dora and Bertrand Russell (which provided Malleson with inspiration for his play), and on the progressive Beacon Hill School, which the couple founded in 1927.
“TO STRAY OR NOT TO STRAY: THE SCIENCE BEHIND OPEN RELATIONSHIPS”
DR. HELEN FISHER, AUTHOR OF ANATOMY OF LOVE: A NATURAL HISTORY OF MATING, MARRIAGE AND WHY WE STRAY
Saturday, January 7 after the matinee
Helen Fisher, PhD Biological Anthropologist, is a Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Internet dating site Match.com. She has conducted extensive research and written six books on the evolution and future of human sex, love, and marriage.
“A MAN OF IDEAS: MILES MALLESON’S MODERN COMEDIES"
MAYA CANTU, THEATER HISTORIAN AND DRAMATURG
Sunday, January 8 after the matinee
Maya Cantu is a theater historian, scholar, and Dramaturgical Advisor for the Mint. Maya currently serves on the Drama Faculty of Bennington College is the author of the book, American Cinderellas on the Broadway Musical Stage: Imagining the Working Girl from “Irene” to “Gypsy.” Her discussion will focus on the life and work of Miles Malleson.
“LOOKING UNDER THE COVERS OF YOURS UNFAITHFULLY”
JONATHAN BANK, PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Saturday, January 14 after the matinee
Jonathan Bank has been the artistic director of Mint Theater Company since 1995, where he has unearthed and produced dozens of neglected plays, many of which he has also directed. Bank will discuss his journey of discovery: his introduction to Miles Malleson, finding Yours Unfaithfully (which had never been produced), and then uncovering the layers of fascinating backstory to the play itself.
“HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON?
EXPERIMENTAL MARRIAGE IN THE 20TH CENTURY”
KRISTIN CELLELO, CUNY QUEENS COLLEGE
Sunday, January 15 after the matinee
Professor Celello is Associate Professor of History at CUNY Queens College. She is the author of Making Marriage Work: A History of Marriage and Divorce in the Twentieth-Century United States and the co-editor of Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties: Global Perspectives on Marriage, Crisis, and Nation. She is currently writing a book titled After Divorce: Parents, Children, and the Making of the Modern American Family.