Plays by North Carolina novelist Reynolds Price will receive their New York City premieres beginning Nov. 3, when August Snow and Night Dance begin previewing in repertory at The Mint Theater Company.
Official opening is 7 PM Nov. 12, when both plays are performed in one day. The 90-minute plays continue in repertory through Jan. 10, 1999.
Price authored of such novels as "A Long and Happy Life" (William Faulkner Award), "Kate Vaiden" (National Book Critics Circle Award) and the recent "Roxanna Slade." His two dramas, which begin the Mint Theater's seventh season, trace the history of the Averys, a North Carolina family facing life changes in 1937 (in August Snow ) and eight years later, at the end of World War II ( in Night Dance ).
The works originally premiered in 1989 at the Cleveland Play House.
Jonathan Bank, artistic director of the Mint, will stage the works, which feature Lisa Bostnar, Allyn Burrows, Michael Williams Connors, Donna Davis, Patricia Dunnock, Chris Payne Gilbert and Stephen Payne. Designers are Vicki R. Davis (set), Mark T. Simpson (lighting) and John Kristiansen (costumes).
After the Nov. 12 opening, tickets are $15 for one play, $20 for both (through Nov. 29). Per the Mint's Actors' Equity contract, there is a price change Nov. 30-Dec. 1 when tickets are $25 each and $30 for both.
The discount for seeing both applies whether you see them on one day or separate days.
The Mint Theatre is at 311 West 43rd St., on the fifth floor. Call (212) 315 0231 for information.
-- By Kenneth Jones