In 2006 the Mint re-introduced audiences to Rose Franken, Broadway playwright and director as well as Hollywood screenwriter and novelist, with SOLDIER’S WIFE. Directed by Tony Award nominee Eleanor Reissa, the production was the play’s first in 62 years.

Franken’s touching play tells the story of Kate, a soldier’s wife whose newfound independence—and new baby—unsettle her husband John when he’s invalided home after a tour of duty in the South Pacific in World War II. To complicate things further, Kate and John must grapple with unexpected fame when the letters Kate wrote John are about to published as a book entitled “Soldier’s Wife”.

Mint’s heartfelt revival was praised for capturing the play’s delicate balance of humor and poignancy, as well as its detailed depiction of the era. “A tenderhearted but shrewdly knowing tale,”1wrote Michael Feingold in the Village Voice, while Marilyn Stasio of Variety wrote, “when the Mint revives a play, they do it proud.”2 SOLDIER’S WIFE was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Revival of a Play and Outstanding Featured Actress for Judith Hawking’s poignant turn as Kate’s sister Florence.


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  • Kate Angela Pierce
  • Craig Jordan Lage
  • Florence Judith Hawking
  • Peter Kate Levy
  • John Michael Polak


  • Set Design Nathan Heverin
  • Lighting Design Josh Bradford
  • Costume Design Clint Ramos
  • Sound Design Elizabeth Rhodes
  • Properties Design Scott Brodsky
  • Dramaturgy Amy Stoller
  • Casting
    Stuart Howard, Amy Schecter & Paul Hardt
  • Production Stage Manager Karen Hergesheimer
  • Assistant Stage Manager Elyzabeth Gorman
  • Press Representative David Gersten & Associates
  • Graphics Hey Jude Design, Inc.


Glenda Frank, professor of American literature and theater at FIT-SUNY, discusses the life and work of this once beloved but now forgotten writer. Ms. Frank writes the New York column for Plays International and reviews for New York Theater Wire.


Andrew Carroll, director of The Legacy Project — whose mission is to preserve correspondence from our nation’s wars — author of Behind the Lines and editor of the volumes Letters of a Nation and War Letters, speaks on the powerful and revealing letters that soldiers have written during war, and his search to find them.