Summer Stock Streaming Festival
Mint Theater Company's Summer Stock Streaming Festival is our gesture of thanks--to you and to our wonderful actors. We're putting 30 actors and stage managers from three different productions on payroll for two weeks, providing critical employment weeks while offering our beloved audience an opportunity to catch performances you might have missed or to revisit old favorites.
Our archival videos are shot during a live performance with three high-definition cameras, edited to make a satisfying, close-up look at our productions. Of course there's nothing like seeing a play in a theater, but our videos will provide you with an intimate and enjoyable experience.
We are making three shows available all at the same time. If sitting in front of a screen makes you restless, you can visit with each of these three plays, just to get a taste of Mint and remember what you love about the experience of attending our productions. We're offering you a domestic drama from America, some high-brow silliness from England and a suspenseful comedy from Ireland. We hope you'll give them all a try. Thank you!
The Fatal Weakness tells the story of society woman Ollie Espenshade, who, after 28 years of marriage is still an incurable romantic (her fatal weakness). Perhaps discovering that her husband is a lying cheat will cure her?
“A smart, polished not-quite-comedy about the high price of adultery whose upper-crust characters are unlikable and whose moral—if you care to call it that—is uncomfortable. Though no one mentions World War II, not even in passing, Mr. Kelly was surely out to show how it triggered a convulsion in American mores, which gives the laughter an astringent sting… As usual at the Mint, the acting and staging are smoothly impeccable…Vicki R. Davis’s sitting-room set looks like the kind of thing you’d see on Broadway if Broadway still did plays like this.”
-The Wall Street Journal
Set aboard a houseboat on a fashionable reach of the Thames in 1911, The New Morality tells the story of how the brazen Betty Jones restores dignity to her household and harmony to her marriage, by losing her temper and making a scene.
“The script combines a jigger or two of Harley Granville Barker, a measure of Shaw, a dash of Wilde and stirs as needed… The writing is charming and finely observed…The direction, by the Mint’s artistic director, Jonathan Bank, is appealing and apposite. The acting is adept, with particularly impressive turns by Brenda Meaney as Betty and Ned Noyes as the husband of her putative rival.”
The New York Times
A workplace drama laced with biting humor, Hazel Ellis’s Women Without Men is set in the teacher’s lounge of a private girls boarding school in Ireland in the 1930’s. Jean Wade is an enthusiastic young teacher new to the school, where she soon finds herself popular with the students and at odds with her quarrelsome colleagues—especially the antagonistic Miss Connor. When Miss Connor’s life’s work—a history of “beautiful acts” through the ages—is found torn to shreds, Jean is the most likely suspect. With the evidence mounting against her and animosity in the air, will Jean fight for her career, or will she be beaten by the pettiness and jealousy that thrives in the school’s cloistered environment?
Mint’s production received five Drama Desk Nominations, including Outstanding Revival, Best Director (Jenn Thompson) and Outstanding Supporting Actress (Kellie Overbey).
“How does the Mint do it? Only a couple of years after it resurrected the work of the forgotten Irish playwright Teresa Deevy, the company presentsWomen Without Men, byHazel Ellis, a contemporary of Deevy’s, also seemingly lost to history. And, once again, we have to ask: Who is Hazel Ellis? Why did we not know her? Why has this information been kept from us? This production shows the Mint doing what it does best: finding long-lost works that remain remarkably stageworthy today.”
Lighting and Sound America