Off-Broadway's Mint Theater Presents Rare Schnitzler Play, Feb. 7

News   Off-Broadway's Mint Theater Presents Rare Schnitzler Play, Feb. 7 The Mint Theater Company, the Off-Broadway troupe that regularly rediscovers lost plays, will continue its 2002-03 season with a rarely seen work by La Ronde author Arthur Schnitzler.

The piece, Far and Wide (Das weite Land), was produced all over Europe when it debuted in 1911, though the play has never been seen in New York City. The story is a satirical look at Viennese society. At the center is the couple of Freidrich and Genia — she devoted to her husband, he a philanderer. Their conflict leads to the death of another man.

Mint artistic director Jonathan Bank has adapted the work and will direct. The cast features Kelly AuCoin, Lisa Bostnar, Rob Breckenridge, Lee Bryant, Anne-Marie Cusson, Antony Hagopian, Ken Kliban, James Knight, Victoria Mack, Allen Lewis Rickman, Hans Tester and Pilar Witherspoon. The run is through March 9.

Schnitzler's La Ronde, which traced a daisy chain of intimate couplings, has been a perennial inspiration to theatre artists. Apart from the frequent productions of the play, it is the source of David Hare's play The Blue Room and Michael John LaChiusa's musical, Hello Again.

The Mint began its season with St. John Hankin's The Charity That Began at Home.

Tickets for Far and Wide are $35, with low-priced previews (Feb. 7-23) at $19. The Mint is located at 311 West 43rd Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. For information call (212) 315-0231.