The Madras House
By Harley Granville Barker
Directed by Gus Kaikkonen
January 31st 2007 through March 25th 2007
The Mint Theater
311 West 43rd St, 3rd floor
In 2007 THE MADRAS HOUSE was seen by New York audiences for the first time since 1921. The production continued Mint’s work in championing Harley Granville Barker’s neglected drama in the U.S., after producing the American Premiere of THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE, in 1999
A pioneering actor/director/playwright who helped revolutionize modern theatre, Granville Barker wrote scintillating plays of ideas that sparkle with as much heart as wit. His 1909 masterpiece, THE MADRAS HOUSE dazzles with ideas on men, women, sex, shopping, marriage, children, arts and education. Rarely revived in England or the United States, Mint’s production re-established THE MADRAS HOUSE as “a terrific play.”1
“The arguments are so vividly written and the sexual and social tensions they reveal so bracing, that you’ll be surprised by how fast the play goes by,”2 hailed Time Out New York of our “delightful and important production.”3 The Wall Street Journal echoed this praise, offering “Cheers to the Mint Theater for bringing it back to the New York stage—and doing it in style.”1
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- Clara Huxtable, Marion Yates, Mannequin,
Maid at Denmark Hill Mary Bacon / Amy Fitts
- Eustace Perrin State Ross Bickell
- Minnie Huxtable, Jessica Madras Lisa M. Bostnar
- Philip Madras Thomas M. Hammond
- Henry Huxtable Jonathan Hogan
- Katherine Huxtable, Miss Chancelor Laurie Kennedy
- Amelia Madras Roberta Maxwell
- Emma Huxtable, Mannequin Allison McLemore
- Jane Huxtable, Mannequin, Maid at Phillimore GardensPamela McVeagh
- Belhaven Scott Romstadt
- William Brigstock, Mr. Windlesham Kraig Swartz
- Set Design Charles Morgan
- Costume Design Clint Ramos
- Lighting Design William Armstrong
- Sound Design Ellen Mandel
- Properties Design Jesse Dreikosen
- Wigs and Hair Gerard James Kelly
- Dialects and Dramaturgy Amy Stoller
Stuart Howard, Amy Schecter & Paul Hardt
- Production Stage Manager Allison Deutsch
- Assistant Stage Manager Andreao Jo Martin
- Press Representative David Gersten & Associates
- Graphics Hey Jude Design, Inc.
PROFESSOR LANA CABLE, SUNY ALBANY
Cable, author of “Popular Secularism and the Idea of Islam on the Early Modern English Stage,” discusses Constantine Madras, a convert to Mohammedism. He explains/elaborates in the context of early modern English orientalism in drama, along with the artistic treatment of Muslim characters and ideas on the stage.
PROFESSOR AMANDA CLAYBAUGH, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Claybaugh is a professor of English and a specialist in Trans-Atlantic literary studies. She is the author of Cross Purposes: Literary Ambition and Social Reform in the Trans-Atlantic Novel. She discusses THE MADRAS HOUSE from the perspective of social history.
PROFESSOR ALAN ANDREWS, DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY
Andrews is a professor of theater whose principal interest is Shaw and his contemporaries. He is the author of the essay “Voysey in Context,” published by the Shaw Festival. He discusses the interplay between THE MADRAS HOUSE and Shaw’s MISALLIANCE.
PROFESSOR MARTIN MEISEL, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Meisel is the author of Shaw and the 19th-Century Theatre and a frequent speaker at the Mint. This discussion focused on the play and its author.
PROFESSOR J. ELLEN GAINOR, CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Gainor is the author of Shaw’s Daughters: Dramatic and Narrative Constructions of Gender. This discussion focuses on the social context of the play.
PROFESSOR CARY MAZER, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Mazer was chair of the Theater Arts program at Penn for many years. His published writing includes “Granville Barker and the Court Dramatists,” in The Blackwell Companion to Modern British and Irish Drama. This discussion focuses on the play and its author.