Mint's Revival of John Ferguson Extends to Oct. 29

News   Mint's Revival of John Ferguson Extends to Oct. 29
The Mint Theatre Company, which knows how to dust off forgotten gems from theatre's past and make them shine, has extended the run of its latest offering, John Ferguson
Robertson Carricart as the title character in John Ferguson.
Robertson Carricart as the title character in John Ferguson. Photo by Richard Termine

The 1919 drama by St. John Ervine is directed by Martin Platt. Performances began Sept. 8, with an opening night of Sept. 25. The play was produced by The Theatre Guild and ran for 354 performances in 1919 and 1920. According to the Mint, "Set in a rundown farmhouse in County Down, this unassuming play wrings powerful feelings from a familiar tale. John Ferguson tells the story of a poor and pious farmer in Ulster County, Ireland, unable to keep up with his mortgage payments and threatened with eviction. He has great faith in the Lord—and the mail boat from America, which he expects will bring salvation in the form of a loan from his brother. When the postman arrives empty handed, a devastating chain of events are unleashed on this humble man's family that tests his faith to its limits."

The Irish-born Ervine was also the author of Jane Clegg, Robert's Wife and The Lady of Belmont. He died in 1971.

Mint Theater begins a three-year initiative celebrating the important work of the Theater Guild with this production.

Platt directed Mint's acclaimed production of The Daughter-In-Law by D.H. Lawrence in 2003. John Ferguson will feature Robertson Carricart, Joyce Cohen, John Keating, Terrence Markovich, Mark Saturno, Justin Schultz, Greg Thornton, and Marion Wood. John Ferguson will have set design by Bill Clarke, costumes design by Mattie Ullrich, lighting design by Jeff Nellis and sound design by Lindsay Jones.

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