by Stanley Houghton
Directed by Gus Kaikkonen
December 23rd 2017 through February 17th 2018
Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd St
“Of all the countless Off-Broadway troupes, none has a more distinctive mission – or a higher artistic batting average – than the Mint Theater Company: I’ve never seen a production there that was a sliver less than superb.” Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
It’s “Wakes Week” in Hindle; the mill is closed and the workers are idle. Fanny Hawthorn is relaxing at the seashore with a girlfriend when she runs into Alan Jeffcote, the mill owner’s son. Alan takes Fanny to an hotel in Wales for a few days of fun, but the fun stops when their parents find out.
When Hindle Wakes premiered in London in 1912, many critics called it the best play of the year. However, the play’s unsentimental depiction of two young people seeking pleasure without commitment sparked moral outrage, filling England’s newspapers with passionate argument over the play’s controversial subject matter. Of course, controversy was good for business and Hindle Wakes was a hit.
Not seen in the U.S. in nearly a century, Mint Theater Company’s revival of Hindle Wakes “reaffirm[ed] the play as both well worth knowing in itself and particularly resonant in today’s political climate,” (Village Voice).1 The Wall Street Journal called Hindle Wakes “a study of provincial hypocrisy in Vicwardian England that crackles with a biting candor,” praising Gus Kaikkonen, “one of the deftest directors on the East Coast,” for his direction’s “crisp understatement… letting Houghton make his own stiletto-sharp points instead of ramming them home.”2 Remarking further on Houghton’s skillful storytelling, The New York Times noted that Hindle Wakes “proceeds… gentle as a summer rain until, bam … something electric happens to charge the air.”3
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Sets: Charles Morgan
Costumes: Sam Fleming
Lights: Christian DeAngelis
Sound & Original Music: Jane Shaw
Props: Joshua Yocom
Hair & Wigs: Gerard Kelly
Dialects & Dramaturgy: Amy Stoller
Casting: Stephanie Klapper, CSA
Production Stage Manager: Jeff Meyers
Assistant Stage Manager: Elizabeth Ann Goodman/Marjorie Ann Wood
Illustration: Stefano Imbert
Graphics: hey jude design, inc.
Advertising: The Pekoe Group
Press: David Gersten & Associates
Led by Tamsen Wolff, Princeton University
Tamsen Wolff is an Associate Professor at Princeton, where she specializes in modern and contemporary drama and performance, gender studies, cultural studies, voice, directing and dramaturgy. Tamsen will facilitate this discussion, which will feature your thoughts and questions about the play.
“I’M NOT WITHOUT A TRADE AT MY FINGER TIPS.”
Deborah Valenze, Barnard College
Deborah Valenze is a Professor of History at Barnard College, where she also teaches in the Women’s Studies
department. Her research and scholarship have been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation,
and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. Deborah is the author of The First
Industrial Woman, published by Oxford University Press. Her discussion will consider the impact of
work on women’s independence, among other issues raised by Hindle Wakes.
“THE ACTORS’ BEST FRIEND”: ANNIE HORNIMAN, PATRON AND INSPIRATION
Maya Cantu, Bennington College
Maya Cantu is Dramaturgical Advisor to Mint Theater Company. She received a D.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama. Her book American Cinderellas on the Broadway Stage: Imagining the Working Girl from “Irene” to “Gypsy” is now available through Palgrave Macmillan. Maya will discuss the life and work of Annie Horniman.