Matthew Arbour will stage Bennett's comedy, which will run Jan. 13-March 13, 2011, at the Mint's Off-Broadway home. What the Public Wants was first presented by London's Stage Society in 1909 and later transferred to the West End. The popular comedy arrived in the U.S. in 1913 and toured to Boston and Chicago. The Theatre Guild produced the New York premiere in 1922.
What the Public Wants, according to the Mint "is Arnold Bennett's sly satire on tabloid journalism — a lively look at life behind the headlines and proof that the more things change, the more they stay the same. This clever 1909 comedy charts the efforts of media mogul Sir Charles Worgan to boost circulation as well as his social standing. He owns 40 different publications and claims to have 'revolutionized journalism.' He employs over a thousand people and is worth millions — and yet Worgan wants more — he wants respect from the 'superior people' who look down their noses at him. But is he willing to pay the price?"
The Mint will also dust off Rachel Crothers' A Little Journey, which has gone unproduced since 1918. The play, which was the first to be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, will run May 5-July 3, 2011. The Mint Last produced Crothers' Susan and God in 2006.
The Mint describes the play as the story of "a disillusioned young woman whose money and luck have run out. With no other options, and embittered by her personal and economic failure, she leaves New York, boarding a train at Grand Central Station where she finds an unexpected chance at redemption."
In July, the Mint will continue the Deevy Project with the American premiere of the 1932 drama Temporal Powers. The Mint produced Deevy's Wife to James Whelan earlier this season. For tickets and further information phone (212) 315-0231 or visit MintTheater. The Mint Theater Company is located at 311 W. 43rd Street in New York.