THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW is D.H. Lawrence’s searing portrayal of a marriage in crisis. The play was written in 1911, when Lawrence was still a schoolteacher in Croydon but went unproduced until 1967.

Set against the background of a pit strike, THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW tells the story of Luther Gascoigne, a young miner, and his newly wed wife Minnie, a former governess. The tensions and misunderstandings they suffer as a result of their different backgrounds are exacerbated by the powerful influence of Luther’s mother and brought to open conflict when it is discovered that Luther, before his marriage, has made another woman pregnant.

“Proof that theater history is worth excavating,” wrote Bruce Weber in the New York Times, adding “Rarely do you see lives so persuasively scraped raw onstage.”1 Listed among the Times’ Top Ten productions of the year, such was the acclaim for THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW that the original six week run was extended to three months. The Mint’s production received two Drama Desk nominations, including Outstanding Revival and Outstanding Featured Actress for Mikel Sarah Lambert’s portrayal of Mrs. Gascoyne.


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  • Mrs. Gascoyne Mikel Sarah Lambert
  • Mrs. Purdy Jodie Lynne McClintock
  • Minnie Angela Reed / Rachel Fowler
  • Joe Peter Russo
  • Luther Gareth Saxe
  • Understudy Mrs. Gascoyne, Mrs. Purdy Celia Howard
  • Understudy Minnie Lanie MacEwan
  • Understudy Joe, Luther David Van Pelt


  • Assistant Director Linnet Taylor
  • Set Design Bill Clarke
  • Lighting Design Jeff Nellis
  • Costume Design Holly Poe Durbin
  • Properties Designer Judi Guralnick
  • Casting Sharron Bower
  • Production Stage Manager Samone B. Weissman
  • Assistant Stage Manager Douglas Shearer
  • Graphic Design Hey Jude Design, Inc.
  • Press Representative David Gersten & Associates


Dr. Eleanor Green, President-elect of the D.H. Lawrence Society, North America speaks about Lawrence and takes questions from the audience.


Dr. Shirley Glass, psychologist, leading specialist on relationships and the author of Not Just Friendsoffers marriage counseling to the characters from The Daughter-in-Law and speaks about her book and her work, as well as answering questions from the audience.