The Lucky One
By A.A. Milne
Directed by Jesse Marchese
April 14th 2017 through June 25th 2017
The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
(between 9th and 10th Ave)
THE LUCKY ONE followed MR. PIM PASSES BY and THE TRUTH ABOUT BLAYDS as Mint’s third production by A.A. Milne—best remembered today as the creator of Winnie the Pooh. The play tells the timeless story of antagonism between two brothers: Gerald, who stands in the sun and Bob, who stands in Gerald’s shadow. When Bob finds himself in serious legal trouble, he turns to Gerald for rescue. When Gerald fails to come through, years of simmering resentment boil over in a confrontation that is as stirring as it is surprising.
First published in 1919, THE LUCKY ONE was produced on Broadway by the Theatre Guild in 1922—Milne’s sixth Broadway production in less than two years. “Few plays have ever been more directly and deeply searching of the springs of conduct, more subtle in depicting essential character,” hailed John Corbin of the New York Times, calling it “a play of quite extraordinary delicacy and soundness of feeling.”
Ninety-five years later, our production of THE LUCKY ONE reminded New York theatergoers of Milne’s remarkable skill as a playwright. “Milne navigates through bright, silly golf jokes to serious issues of responsibility and regret,” noted The New Yorker, praising the play’s “unexpected truths and complexities.”1 Michael Portantiere of Talkin’ Broadway described THE LUCKY ONE as “a serious, incisive piece that could not be further in tone or subject matter from the gentle, childlike whimsy of Milne’s tales of Pooh and the goings-on in the Hundred Acre Wood.” He went on to call THE LUCKY ONE “so good a play that it’s hard to understand why it’s so rarely revived and isn’t considered at least a minor classic.”2
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- Directing Jesse Marchese
- Sets Vicki R. Davis
- Costumes Martha Hally
- Lights Christian DeAngelis
- Sound Toby Algya
- Props Joshua Yocom
- Dialects and Dramaturgy Amy Stoller
- Casting Stephanie Klapper, CSA
- Production Stage Manager Jeff Meyers
- Assistant Stage Manager Kelly Burns
- Illustration Stefano Imbert
- Graphics Hey Jude Design, Inc.
- Advertising The Pekoe Group
- Press David Gersten & Associates
MEET THE DESIGNERS
Director Jesse Marchese and his design team will talk about the process, the production and the play—and answer your questions.
JEANNE SAFER, AUTHOR OF CAIN’S LEGACY: LIBERATING SIBLINGS FROM A LIFETIME OF RAGE, SHAME, SECRECY AND REGRET
Jeanne Safer, PhD is a psychotherapist who has been in private practice for over forty years, and the author of six acclaimed and thought-provoking books on neglected psychological issues including The Normal One: Life with a Difficult or Damaged Sibling and Cain’s Legacy: Liberating Siblings from a Lifetime of Rage, Shame, Secrecy and Regret. She has appeared on television (“The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and “CBS World News Tonight”) and contributed articles to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. Dr. Safer’s discussion will focus on the play’s depiction of a sibling rivalry.
'As Charming as Usual?' A.A. Milne and The Lucky One
MAYA CANTU, THEATER HISTORIAN AND DRAMATURG
Maya Cantu is a theater historian, scholar, and Dramaturgical Advisor for the Mint. She received a D.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama, and is a member of the Drama faculty at Bennington College. Maya is the author of the book, American Cinderellas on the Broadway Musical Stage: Imagining the Working Girl from “Irene” to “Gypsy.” Her discussion will focus on the life and work of A.A. Milne, and on the contexts and influences informing The Lucky One.