Anne Hathaway, Richard Easton Read Pride and Prejudice in June 16 Mint Benefit

News   Anne Hathaway, Richard Easton Read Pride and Prejudice in June 16 Mint Benefit Anne Hathaway, the star of the movie "The Princess Diaries," and Richard Easton, Tony winner for The Invention of Love, will participate in a reading of A.A. Milne's adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, in a benefit event for Off-Broadway's Mint Theatre Company.
Anne Hathaway.
Anne Hathaway.

Hathaway will play Miss Elizabeth Bennet, the story's heroine, and Easton will be her boisterous father Mr. Bennet. Kristin Griffith will be Mrs. Bennet and special guest Anne Kaufman sits in as Lady Catherine de Bourgh.Lorenzo Pisoni is the prideful Darcy.

"Pride and Prejudice" is Austen's best-known work. A "novel of manners," it has been described as the story of a man who changes his manners, and a woman who changes her mind. The reading will take place on Monday, June 16 at 7 PM at the Lucille Lortel Theater (121 Christopher Street). Tickets run $40-$150 and can be ordered at (212) 315-0231.

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Many New York theatregoers did not know that novelist Thomas Wolfe was also a playwright until Off-Broadway's Mint Theatre Company presented Welcome to Our City a few seasons back.

Now the troupe is out to reveal the hidden dramatist in D.H. Lawrence, the author of such famous novels as "Lady Chatterly's Lover" and "Women in Love." The Mint and director Martin L. Platt will offer Lawrence's drama The Daughter-in-Law, beginning June 7. It will run until July 13. Mikel Sarah Lambert, Jodie Lynne McClintock, Angela Reed, Peter Russo and Gareth Saxe star. Lawrence wrote The Daughter-in-Law in 1911, when the British author he was a young schoolteacher in Croyden. It concerns Luther, a young miner, and his new wife, a former governess. Their differing backgrounds create tension in the marriage, which are aggravated by Luther's mother and explode when it's revealed that the husband made another woman pregnant before he got married.

Lawrence wrote eight plays. Not one of them was staged in his lifetime and Daughter-in-Law was not even available in print until 1965. It was produced at the Royal Court in 1968 and at the Young Vic in 2002. Still, the writer's stage work is nearly unknown in America.

For information, visit www.minttheater.org or call (212) 315-0231.