A Day By the Sea
By N.C. Hunter
Directed By Austin Pendleton
July 22nd 2016 through October 30th 2016
The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
(between 9th and 10th Ave)
After our acclaimed production of A PICTURE OF AUTUMN, Mint revisited the work of playwright N.C. Hunter with A DAY BY THE SEA. A warm, human, and often humorous depiction of the ‘crisis’ of middle age, the play tells the story of Julian Anson, a once-promising Foreign Service employee, who confronts professional disappointment and personal failure while picnicking along the English seaside.
A DAY BY THE SEA opened on the West End in 1953 and ran for 386 performances in a production that starred Dame Sybil Thorndike, Irene Worth, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson. In New York, the play opened in 1955 with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn headlining the cast; Hunter’s only Broadway production. Our production marked the play’s first New York revival.
Our first production as a resident company at Theatre Row, A DAY BY THE SEA was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. “There’s so much to like about the Mint Theater Company’s revisiting of A DAY BY THE SEA that it’s hard to know what to single out,” wrote Neil Genzlinger, calling the play “a beautiful study in conversations never had, or had too late.”1 In the Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout called the play, “that rarest of rarities, a forgotten masterpiece, acted by the best ensemble cast I’ve seen in recent seasons and staged with taut vitality by Austin Pendleton.”2 He later selected our production as the year’s “best revival of a modern play” for the Wall Street Journal’s “Best Theater of 2016” feature. Originally scheduled to close on September 24th, A DAY BY THE SEA was extended through October 30th and ranks among our best reviewed, best attended productions ever.
- Directing Austin Pendleton
- Sets Charles Morgan
- Costumes Martha Hally
- Lights Xavier Pierce
- Original Music & Sound Jane Shaw
- Props Joshua Yocom
- Casting Judy Bowman
- Dialects & Dramaturgy Amy Stoller
- Additional Dramaturgy Maya Cantu
- Production Stage Manager Catherine Bloch/Pamela Edington
- Assistant Stage Manager Jeff Meyers
- Illustration Stefano Imbert
- Graphics Hey Jude Design, Inc.
- Advertising The Pekoe Group
- Press David Gersten & Associates
“IN SEARCH OF N.C. HUNTER”
MAYA CANTU, THEATER HISTORIAN AND DRAMATURG
Sunday, July 31 after the matinee
Maya Cantu is a theater historian, scholar, and Dramaturgical Advisor for the Mint. She received a D.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama, and joins the Drama faculty of Bennington College this fall. Maya 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 N.C. Hunter, and on the contexts and influences informing A Day by the Sea.
“BRITISH THEATRE IN THE POSTWAR WORLD”
ROGER W. OLIVER, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY AND JUILLIARD
Saturday, August 6 after the matinee
Roger W. Oliver is Professor of Liberal Arts and Drama at Juilliard, and Professor of English and Dramatic Literature at N.Y.U., where he teaches courses in Modern British Drama. He is the author of Dreams of Passion: The Dramatic Art of Luigi Pirandello, and has contributed to many publications including Good Reading, Forum, Performing Arts Journal, and Modern Drama. Roger’s discussion will place A Day by the Sea into the larger context of post-war British theate
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“N.C. HUNTER: PLAYS THAT ACTORS LIKED TO SPEAK”
CHARLES DUFF, AUTHOR OF THE LOST SUMMER: THE HEYDAY OF THE WEST END THEATRE
Saturday, August 13, after the matinee
Charles Duff is a British teacher, actor, theatre director, writer and critic. His first professional role was in N.C. Hunter’s The Adventures of Tom Random at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in 1967. His book, The Lost Summer: The Heyday of the West End Theatre, focuses on the career of director Frith Banbury, and on the playwrights and actors of the commercial British theatre of the mid-twentieth century. Duff’s post-show discussion will discuss how N.C. Hunter’s plays fit into this rich period of theatrical history.
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"A DAY WITH CHARLES DUFF"
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 before & after the matinee
12:30pm – Brunch and discussion at West Bank Cafe: Join Charles Duff for a delicious pre-matinee brunch at West Bank Cafe, where he will provide an introduction to A Day by the Sea and share his own personal memories of working with N.C. Hunter on the author’s The Adventures of Tom Random.
2:30pm – Matinee performance of A Day by the Sea at Theatre Row.
5:00pm – Continue the conversation at the Theatre Row Lounge: Join Charles Duff, Jonathan Bank, and select members of the company for a post-show wine and cheese reception at the Theatre Row Lounge.
Brunch, one matinee ticket, and post-show reception: $82.25 ($75 for members of the First-Priority Club.) Call 212.315.0231 to reserve your place.