The Mint Theater Company’s first-ever New York revival of N.C. Hunter’s A Day by the Sea, directed by Austin Pendleton, officially opens Off-Broadway August 25. The Chekhovian-like drama, which was a hit on the West End when it debuted in 1953, began performances July 22.
The play is billed by the Mint as a “warm, human and often humorous depiction of the ‘crisis’ of middle age.” It follows the inhabitants of a seaside resort in Dorset, England, as they struggle with the futility of life. Performances take place at The Beckett Theater at Theatre Row.
The cast features Julian Elfer, Katie Firth, Philip Goodwin, Sean Gormley, Polly McKie, Kylie McVey, George Morfogen, Mark Anderson Phillips, Athan Sporek and Jill Tanner.
“Julian Anson, a once-promising Foreign Service employee, confronts professional disappointment and personal failure while picnicking along the English seaside,” state production notes. “Jolted into the realization that maybe it’s not too late—he seizes an opportunity to correct his past mistakes and start fresh—but will the results be any different?”
The Mint Theater Company's staging of A Day by the Sea has scenic design by Charles Morgan; costume design by Martha Hally; lighting design by Xavier Pierce; and sound design by Jane Shaw.
The Beckett Theater at Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, New York. Tickets can be purchased online at Telecharge.com, by phone at (212) 239-6200 or in person at the Theatre Row Box Office. For more information, visit minttheater.org.
(Updated August 25, 2016)