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.”

David Herbert Lawrence (Playwright 1885-1930) was born in 1885 in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. He is best known as the author of Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, Women in Love and the notorious Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which was considered to be obscene and widely banned; remarkably, the novel was not legally available in England until 1960. Many of Lawrence’s works, including The Daughter-in-Law, are set in the Eastwood of his childhood, where he grew up the third son of a coal miner.

Lawrence’s most widely read novel, Sons and Lovers is an autobiographical account of his youth and was written at the same time as The Daughter-in-Law, which also plumbs the conflict between mother and lover.

D. H. Lawrence was a brilliant and often difficult man. Few modern writers have been as strikingly original or as controversial. Few have inspired such passionate admiration and such committed opposition.

Lawrence is the author of eight full-length plays, none of which he ever saw on stage in his lifetime. The Daughter-in-Law was available in print for the first time in 1965. In 1968, The Royal Court produced The Daughter-in-Law along with The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd and A Collier’s Friday Night, all under the direction of Peter Gill, and the process of establishing Lawrence’s reputation as a great playwright was begun, nearly forty years after his death. Over the last three and a half decades that reputation has grown, and appreciation for Lawrence’s gifts as a dramatist is now undeniable.

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Amy Blackman
Ciaran Bowling
Seth Andrew Bridges
Tom Coiner
Katie Fanning
Tina Stafford

Creatives

Director: Martin Platt

Sets: Bill Clarke
Costumes: Holly Poe Durbin

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

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