By St. John Ervine
Directed by Martin Platt
September 8th 2006 through October 29th 2006
The Mint Theater
311 West 43rd St, 3rd floor
“A thoroughly engrossing, fully realized drama brought to life by an ensemble of actors who never miss a beat,”1 wrote the New York Times of St. John Ervine’s JOHN FERGUSON in its first appearance on the New York stage since 1919.
Originally scheduled for just five performances, the New York premiere of the play ran instead for 130, saving the legendary Theatre Guild from bankruptcy and confounding the pessimists who believed that theatergoers had no appetite for serious drama. Set in a rundown farmhouse, JOHN FERGUSON charts a devastating chain of events that once unleashed on a humble man’s family, test his faith to its limits.
“JOHN FERGUSON is perhaps the most potent and compelling new production of the current theatre season,”2 hailed nytheatre.com. Variety echoed this praise: “In the hands of the Mint Theater Company, JOHN FERGUSON remains insightful and engrossing.”3
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- Sarah Ferguson Joyce Cohen
- John Ferguson Robertson Carricart
- Hannah Ferguson Marion Wood
- James Caesar Mark Saturno
- Henry Witherow Greg Thorton / Jay Patterson
- “Clutie” John McGrath John Keating
- Andrew Ferguson Justin Schultz
- Sam Mawhinney, Sergeant Kernighan
- Constable Adam Branson
- Set Design Bill Clarke
- Costume Design Mattie Ullrich
- Lighting Design Jeff Nellis
- Sound Design Lindsay Jones
- Properties Design Judi Guralnick
- Dialects and Dramaturgy Amy Stoller
Stuart Howard, Amy Schecter & Paul Hardt
- Production Stage Manager Heather Prince
- Assistant Stage Manager Kimberly Ann McCann
- Press Representative David Gersten & Associates
- Graphics Hey Jude Design, Inc.
JOHN P. HARRINGTON: ON ST. JOHN ERVINE AND THE THEATRE GUILD
Harrington has written extensively on Irish literature and culture, including The Irish Play on the New York Stage (1997). He edited W. W. Norton’s anthology Modern Irish Drama (1991). Other works include The Life of the Neighborhood Playhouse on Grand Street, and edited the publication, Irish Theater in America.
CHARLOTTE MOORE: ON IRISH THEATER
Moore is the Artistic Director of New York’s own Irish Repertory Theatre. Recognized with a special Drama Desk Award for “Excellence in Presenting Distinguished Irish Drama,” and the Lucille Lortel Award for “Outstanding Body of Work,” the Irish Repertory Theatre has celebrated the very best in Irish theatre for eighteen years.