Summer 2021: Meet Miss Baker
Two plays by Elizabeth Baker
CHAINS - Directed by Jenn Thompson
PARTNERSHIP - Directed by Jackson Grace Gay
June 17th through August 29th
- CHAINS - Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat at 7:30 pm
- Sat & Sun at 2:00 pm
- PARTNERSHIP - Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat at 8:00 pm
- Sat & Sun at 2:30 pm
In the summer of 2021, Mint will continue our deep-dive into the work of Elizabeth Baker. We’ll be taking over both theaters downstairs at Theatre Row to offer you an unprecedented opportunity to see two great plays by Elizabeth Baker, once hailed as a “New Playwright of Unmistakable Dramatic Genius.” Under the overall heading of “Meet Miss Baker”, Mint will present Baker’s dramatic debut, Chains, and her touching comedic triumph, Partnership in overlapping productions.
Chains tells the story of working class people in London’s suburbs, looking at what life has to offer and yearning for more. Charley lives with his wife in a cramped house with a boarder. He takes the train daily to a London office while dreaming of something more exciting than a promotion to head clerk (“A sort of policeman over the other chaps.”) His sister-in-law, Maggie, is so eager to escape the drudgery of shop work that she decides to marry a nice man she barely likes. When Charley’s lodger suddenly decides to “hook it” and board a ship for Australia, it sends a tremor through the family and threatens to break the links that bind Maggie and Charley to their current lives.
Chains was a smash hit when it premiered in 1909. The Times and The Globe both called Chains “remarkable.”, while The New Age called Chains “the most brilliant and the deepest problem play by a modern British writer since (George Bernard Shaw’s) Major Barbara.”
Jenn Thomspon (Women without Men, Conflict) will direct.
Partnership tells the story of Kate Rolling, an independent professional woman happily running a successful business with no interest in marriage. That is, until she receives an offer from her chief competitor proposing a merger… and matrimony. Like Chains, Partnership is a story of yearning for more. But Kate Rolling and her business associates are eager to work more, to earn more, to own more. They want to conquer the world, not to see it. They are not romantics seeking adventure, they are capitalists seeking expansion. Partnership offers a refreshing take on the importance of work-life balance.
“One of the very few intelligent and, therefore, really interesting plays of the moment is Partnership at the Court, by Miss Elizabeth Baker, author of the memorable Chains. It is the eternal battle of the spirit over the material: of the triumph of love in a successful modiste over lucre in the shape of her business partner, a love with a lawyer soul, as someone has said. It grips you precisely because it is not a fairy tale.” –The Stage
Jackson Grace Gay (A Little Jorney) will direct Partnership.