Mint Theater Company Will Dust Off WW II Comedy Love Goes to Press in Spring 2012

News   Mint Theater Company Will Dust Off WW II Comedy Love Goes to Press in Spring 2012
 
The Mint Theater Company has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to produce the first-ever revival of Martha Gellhorn and Virginia Cowles' WW II comedy Love Goes to Press.

The Mint, which dedicates its programming to rarely-seen or "forgotten" works, will stage a late spring 2012 revival of the play that first debuted in London to acclaim in 1946, but received only a four-performance Broadway run in 1947. 

Jerry Ruiz will stage the production that will run May 26-June 22, 2012, at the Mint's Off-Broadway home at 311 West 43rd Street.

Gellhorn served as a 1937 correspondent during the Spanish Civil War, during which time she had an affair and subsequent five-year marriage to Earnest Hemingway. She was later among the first female journalists to enter Dachau. Cowles was also a journalist and author, who covered the Allied invasion of Germany and the liberation of Paris.

The play is billed as "a frothy concoction, a romantic comedy set in a press camp in Italy in 1944. The cast of characters includes a tough American newspaperman, recently divorced from one of the heroines: 'You can’t tell from the outside that he’s got the character of a cobra. From the outside he’s a beautiful, funny, fascinating man,'" a reference to Hemingway. Love Goes to Press "paints a delicious portrait of two smart, funny, brave, ambitious and complex women—working just miles from the front lines (as Cowles and Gellhorn did), surrounded by less competent, less adventurous men."

Casting and creative details will be announced at a later date. For tickets and further information phone (212) 315-0231 or visit MintTheater.

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