The play opened on Feb. 13 to good reviews. The run was scheduled to end March 27.
The Mint Theatre Company scored a big critical and commercial hit with its production of Arthur Schnitzler’s little-seen masterpiece Far and Wide (Das weite Land).
Margaret Schaefer and Jonathan Bank have written the new translation of the work, which premiered in 1904, seven years before Far and Wide, and four years after Schnitzler's most famous play, La Ronde. Bank directs a cast that includes George Morfogen, Eric Alperin, Lisa Bostnar, Ronald Guttman, Jordan Lage, Bennett Leak, Sherry Skinner, Constance Tarbox, and John Leonard Thompson. The Lonely Way has set design by Vicki R. Davis, lighting design by Ben Stanton and costume design by Henry Shaffer.
The story concerns artist Julian Fichtner, who, at middle age, finds himself with little to show for his life-long penchant for "pleasure, freedom and self expression." Wanting to lend his life meaning, he goes to his grown son, a soldier who does not know that the artist is his father.
According to the Mint, the play has never been seen in New York and was only produced once in the U.S., a 1931 Theater Guild production which tried out in Baltimore and Washington, but stalled when the leading man broke his leg. Tickets will be $45; $35 during previews. To order tickets, call (212) 315-0231, or visit the Mint on-line box office at www.minttheater.org.