“Some playwrights are overlooked in their lifetimes, others unjustly forgotten after their deaths. A few are both. One of these is the English playwright Harley Granville-Barker, a contemporary and friend of Bernard Shaw who was also an actor, director and Shakespearean scholar. And he’s left three or four plays that are among the masterpieces of early 20th-century drama. Don’t believe me? Go to the Mint Theater which this week re-opened a perfectly splendid production of one of Granville-Barker’s finest plays, THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE,”1 wrote Clive Barnes of the New York Post.

The success of THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE helped put the Mint Theater on the map. Granville Barker’s prophetic 1905 play about a trusted family firm whose sterling reputation conceals a mammoth Ponzi scheme had never been seen in New York until Gus Kaikkonen’s acclaimed helming of his own adaptation. The production was so successful that it was remounted in 2000 for a return engagement.

“Few theatrical works so shrewdly raise profound questions about the role of ordinary morality in the making of money, and none in English does it with such elegance and wit,” declared D.J.R. Bruckner in the New York Times. “At the end many people expressed surprise that they had been sitting enthralled for three hours. A playwright, and a company, can’t do much better.”2

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CAST

  • Mr. Voysey, Sr. George Morfogen
  • Peacey Kurt Everhurt
  • Edward Voysey Kraig Swartz
  • Major Booth Voysey Jack Koenig
  • Mr. George Booth Chet Carlin
  • Ethel Voysey Christa Scott-Reed / Sevanne Martin
  • Alice Maitland Sioux Madden
  • Honor Voysey Arleigh Richards
  • Mrs. Hugh Voysey Lisa M. Bostnar
  • Mrs. Voysey Sally Kemp
  • Trenchard Voysey Robert Boardman

CREATIVES

  • Set Design Vicki R. Davis
  • Lighting Design William Armstrong
  • Costume Design Henry Shaffer
  • Original Music Ellen Mandel
  • Dialects Amy Stoller
  • Stage Manager Allison Deutsch
  • Assistant Stage Managers Douglas Shearer
  • Press Representative David Gersten & Associates

PANEL DISCUSSION

A panel discussion led by Mr. Jeffrey Segelin, discussing the fascinating moral and ethical questions that are raised by Granville-Barker’s amazingly topical play. Mr. Segelin is a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Centre for the Study of Values in Public Life. His column on business ethics, “The Right Thing,” appears the third Sunday of every month in The New York Times.