The Daughter-in-Law (2022)
by D.H. Lawrence
Directed by Martin Platt
February 8th 2022 through March 20th 2022
New York City Center Stage II
131 W 55th St (between 6th & 7th avenues)
THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW is D.H. Lawrence’s portrayal of a marriage in crisis. The play was written in 1913, when Lawrence was still a schoolteacher in Croydon but went unproduced until 1967. Mint first produced Lawrence’s play in 2003 and it remains one of our most popular and successful productions. “Proof that theater history is worth excavating,1” The New York Times declared when naming it among the Best Productions of the Year.
This show, which marks a return to live presentation, after almost two years, for the invaluable Mint Theatre Company, was first produced by the company in 2003, and is a prime reflection of the Mint’s mission to shine new light on formidable theatre works—meaty, challenging, intelligent, well crafted—that have fallen into the shadows. Ken Marks, The New Yorker
Set against the background of a pit strike, THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW tells the story of Luther Gascoyne, a young miner, and his newly wed wife Minnie, a former governess. The tensions and misunderstandings they suffer as a result of their different backgrounds are exacerbated by the powerful influence of Luther’s mother and brought to open conflict when it is discovered that Luther, before his marriage, has made another woman pregnant. As the labor unrest comes to a boil, so does the simmering conflict between Luther and Minnie.
THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW was neither produced nor published in Lawrence’s lifetime. It first appeared in print in 1965 when a complete edition of Lawrence’s plays was published for the first time. Two years later The Royal Court presented the world premiere of THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW. Michael Billington of The Guardian called the play “One of the great British dramas of the 20th century.”
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Director: Martin Platt
Lights: Jeff Nellis
Sound: Lindsay Jones
Props: Joshua Yocom
Dialects & Dramaturgy: Amy Stoller
Casting: Stephanie Klapper, CSA
Production Stage Manager: Jeff Meyers
Assistant Stage Manager: Arthur Atkinson
Illustration: Stefano Imbert
Graphics: Hey Jude Design, Inc.
Press: David Gersten & Associates