Mint to Stage Hankin's Return of the Prodigal with Cronyn, Kline and Hill

News   Mint to Stage Hankin's Return of the Prodigal with Cronyn, Kline and Hill
 
Mint Theater Company will present a rare New York revival of St. John Hankin's The Return of the Prodigal. Jonathan Bank, the Mint's artistic director, will helm the production, which runs May 23-July 8, with opening night June 6.

The play will feature Bradford Cover, Tandy Cronyn, Leah Curney, Robin Haynes, Roderick Hill, Richard Kline (TV's "Three's Company"), Kate Levy, W. Alan Nebelthau, Cecelia Riddett and Margot White.

Set and costume design is by Clint Ramos, lighting design is by Tyler Micoleau, and sound design is by Jane Shaw.

According to press notes, The Return of the Prodigal is about "Eustace Jackson, the son of a wealthy manufacturer. Five years earlier Eustace was packed off to Australia to make his fortune, but he only succeeds at failing in everything he attempts. Desperate and destitute, he returns home, a charming loser."

Shaw Festival in Canada produced The Return of the Prodigal in 2001 (and this summer the festival will be producing Hankin's The Cassilas Engagement). The Orange Tree in London revived The Return of the Prodigal in 1993.

The Mint presented Hankin's The Charity That Began at Home in 2002. Hankin wrote only five full-length plays between 1903 and his death by suicide at the age of 40 in 1909. The Mint presents small-scale revivals of neglected works, and in 2001 was awarded an Obie grant for "combining the excitement of discovery with the richness of tradition," and in 2002 was awarded a special Drama Desk Award for "unearthing, presenting and preserving forgotten plays of merit."

Show times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets will be $40 through June 5 only, and $50 thereafter and are available by calling (212) 315-0231 or by visiting www.minttheater.org.

The Return of the Prodigal will be seen on the Third Floor of 311 West 43rd Street.

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