“N.C. Hunter’s beautiful, shamefully neglected comedy was performed only once in London in 1951, and receives its American premiere here,” wrote The New Yorker of Mint Theater’s A PICTURE OF AUTUMN. “It’s about an aging, once prosperous family living in an aging, once grand manor, and the echoes of Chekhov are unmistakable, if subdued and Anglicized. It’s a big, generous play, exquisitely written, both funny and touching.” 1

A PICTURE OF AUTUMN made its debut on February 11, 1951 in a one-night ‘try-out’ performance presented by the Repertory Players, at the Duke of York’s Theatre on London’s West End. Despite promising reviews, the play was never picked up. Instead, Hunter enjoyed great success with his plays Waters of the Moon, A Day by the Sea and A Touch of the Sun, which dominated the West End throughout the fifties. Meanwhile, A PICTURE OF AUTUMN gathered dust until our acclaimed production—the play’s first in over 60 years.

A PICTURE OF AUTUMN is impressive in every way,” wrote Terry Teachout in The Wall Street Journal, “and the Mint’s staging, directed with quiet intelligence by Gus Kaikkonen and acted by a top-drawer ensemble cast, is so strong that in a perfect world it would trigger a general revival of interest in Mr. Hunter’s work.” 2

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  • Helen Cespedes
  • Christian Coulson
  • Barbara Eda-Young
  • Katie Firth
  • Jonathan Hogan
  • George Morfogen
  • Paul Niebanck
  • Kraig Swartz
  • Jill Tanner

CREATIVES

  • Set Design Charles Morgan
  • Costumes Sam Fleming
  • Lights William Armstrong
  • Sound Jane Shaw
  • Props Joshua Yocum
  • Dialects & Dramaturgy Amy Stoller
  • Casting Judy Bowman
  • Production Manager Sherri Kotimsky
  • Production Stage Manager Kathy Snyder
  • Assistant Stage Manager Lauren McArthur
  • Illustration Stefano Imbert
  • Graphics Hey Jude Design, Inc.
  • Advertising The Pekoe Group
  • Press David Gersten & Associates

PROFESSOR KERI WALSH
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH, FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

Keri Walsh is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Fordham University in New York City. She specializes in Twentieth Century Literature, Theatre and Film. She is the editor of The Letters of Sylvia Beach (Columbia University Press, 2010) and the author of the forthcoming volume Mickey Rourke in the British Film Institute’s new “Film Stars” series. She is currently at work on two projects: an edition of James Joyce’s Dubliners and a book-length study called Acting Like a Hustler: Method Acting, Gender, and the Hollywood Film. At Fordham she teaches courses on Oscar Wilde, Modern Irish Drama, and Modernism and Cinema.

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DR. BARBARA Z. PERMAN
AUTHOR OF NO ORDINARY MOVE—RELOCATING YOUR AGING PARENTS

As an educator, speaker, coach, family consultant, professional organizer and author, Barbara has helped seniors, their loved ones and entire communities rethink the moving process. Known as the “Diva of Downsizing” and “The Yoda of Moving”, Barbara is an expert in the areas of the psychology of moving and managing senior moves. Dr. Perman is the Founder & President, Moving Mentor, Inc. Dr. Perman holds a Master’s Degree from Oxford University and a Doctorate in Psychology from Edinburgh University in Scotland.

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PAULA SPAN
AUTHOR OF WHEN THE TIME COMES, FAMILIES WITH AGING PARENTS SHARE THEIR STRUGGLES AND SOLUTIONS

Paula Span writes the “New Old Age Blog” for The New York Times. As a journalist, Span spent half her career at The Washington Post, the other half was devoted to freelancing for a raft of publications, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe, The New York Times and its magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Magazine, and others. Span teaches at the Columbia Journalism School.

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