The Price of Thomas Scott
By Elizabeth Baker
Directed by Jonathan Bank
January 24th 2019 through March 17th 2019
410 West 42nd St.
Mr. Scott and his wife, son and daughter have long hoped to sell the declining family business so they can pursue dreams now out of reach. When a buyer finally appears and makes a rich offer—Scott hesitates—he doesn’t approve of his buyers plans for the building.
“You can’t be responsible for what other people do with your shop or your house when they buy it from you,” his daughter protests, but Thomas Scott is not so certain. The Price of Thomas Scott poses probing questions about prejudice, principles, pretense and progress. “How far should conscience take you?” is the line that father and daughter, wife and son, and all the neighbors must wrestle with in Elizabeth Baker’s intriguing and unsettling drama which asks many questions but answers none.
“It’s easy to see what drew the Mint Theater Company, that esteemed excavator of long-forgotten works, to The Price of Thomas Scott…tantalizingly thorny issues of faith, hypocrisy, sacrifice and selfishness.” The New York Times
With The Price of Thomas Scott Mint Theater Company launches its most ambitious undertaking since the inauguration of the Teresa Deevy Project in 2010. “Meet Miss Baker” will bring new attention to this long forgotten, much deserving author. We will follow The Price of Thomas Scott with overlapping productions of two Baker plays at two theaters within Theater Row in the summer of 2020.
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Sets: Vicki R. Davis
Costumes: Hunter Kaczorowski
Lights: Christian DeAngelis
Sound & Musical Arrangements: Jane Shaw
Props: Chris Fields
Choreography: Tracy Bersley
Dialects & Dramaturgy: Amy Stoller
Casting: Stephanie Klapper, CSA
Production Stage Manager: Jeff Meyers
Stage Manager: Kristi Hess
Illustration: Stefano Imbert
Graphics: Hey Jude Design, Inc.
Press: David Gersten & Associates
“Do you really want to go away?” Elizabeth Baker--her life and work.
Maya Cantu, Bennington College
Cantu is on the Drama Faculty at Bennington and Dramaturgical Advisor to the Mint. She received a D.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama. Her book American Cinderellas on the Broadway Stage: Imagining the Working Girl from “Irene” to “Gypsy” is now available through Palgrave Macmillan.
“Where’s the Nonconformist conscience?” Nonconformists and Liberal Politics.
George Robb, William Paterson University
Professor Robb will talk about Nonconformists (or Protestants) at the turn of the last century in England. Robb received his PhD in History from Northwestern University. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the United Kingdom. His most recent books are British Culture and the First World War (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015) and Ladies of the Ticker: Women and Wall Street from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression (University of Illinois Press, 2017).
“I forgot, you used to be a Puritan, Tom.” Thomas Scott’s Beliefs.
J. Patrick Hornbeck, Chair and Professor of Theology, Fordham University
Hornbeck teaches and writes on the history of Christianity, on religion in the contemporary U.S., and on the relationship of religion and law. A frequent commentator in the national press, Hornbeck is author or editor of eight books, including most recently Remembering Wolsey (Fordham University Press). He holds graduate degrees from the University of Oxford and attended Georgetown University as an undergraduate.
“Times have changed:” Thomas Scott’s London.
Judith Walkowitz, Johns Hopkins University (Emeritus)
For more than three decades, Walkowitz, a British historian, has concentrated her research and writing on nineteenth-century political culture and the cultural and social contests over sexuality. Her latest book, Nights Out: Life in Cosmopolitan London extends her interest in the cultural and social history of London to mid-twentieth century.