The works, which premiered on Broadway in 1921 and 1922, respectively, will play in repertory, with an official opening of April 14. Blayds gets the ball rolling on March 2, with Pim joining the mix on March 31.
Blayds concerns a family which, for two generations, has dwelt in the shadow of Oliver Blayds, a revered poet. As Oliver knocks on death's door, he makes a confession that leaves his clan shocked and wondering.
Pim was a notable success for the Mint when the company first produced it in 1996. The comedy shows how the marriage of the seemingly stable Mardens is upset when the befuddled title character pays a brief visit and offhandedly utters a small piece of unsettling information.
Lisa Bostnar, who starred in the original Pim, will reprise her role in the new production. Also featured in the two plays will be Jack Davidson, Kristin Griffith, James Knight, Victoria Mack, Jack Ryland and Steven Schnetzer. Sets are being designed by Sarah Lambert, with lighting design by Mark T. Simpson and costume design by Theresa Squire.
Off-Broadway's Mint Theatre Company specializes in keeping once prominent theatre names like St. John Hankin and Harley Granville-Barker alive. During the 1921-22 Broadway season, Milne saw three of his shows open: The Great Broxopp, The Dover Road and The Truth About the Blayds (this, in addition to the still running Mr. Pim Passes By from the previous season). The 1922 production of Blayds was led by Leslie Howard. The play was briefly revived on Broadway in 1932, becoming Milne's last Broadway credit before his death in 1956. The Mint spent most of 2003 hosting the two biggest hits in the troupe's history: Arthur Schnitzler's Far and Wide and D.H. Lawrence's The Daughter-in-Law.
The Mint Theater is located at 311 West 43rd Street, on the 5th Floor.