What the Public Wants, a Newspaper Comedy From 1909, Gets NYC Reprint Starting Jan. 14

News   What the Public Wants, a Newspaper Comedy From 1909, Gets NYC Reprint Starting Jan. 14
 
What the Public Wants, Arnold Bennett's spoof of tabloid journalism, begins previews Jan. 14 in a new production by Off-Broadway's Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Mint Theater Company.

Arnold Bennett
Arnold Bennett

The announced first-preview and opening-night dates changed slightly in recent weeks. Opening is now Jan. 27. Performances will continue to March 13 at the Mint's home in the midtown theatre district.

Matthew Arbour directs a cast that includes Ellen Adair, Mary Baird, Rob Breckenridge, Birgit Huppuch, Laurie Kennedy, Jeremy Lawrence, Douglas Rees and Marc Vietor.

According to Mint notes, "What The Public Wants 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."

Mint artistic director Jonathan Bank told Playbill.com, "I've wanted to do this play for a while, and there was a time when I wondered if I missed my chance; I thought maybe the newspaper business was gone forever, but obviously that's not true. The relevance and resonance of the issues that the play raises has only grown: issues such as news as a business and the ethics of giving the public what it wants will keep this play topical forever."

The creative team includes set designer Rodger Hanna, costume designer Erin Murphy, lighting designer Marcus Doshi and sound designer Daniel Kluger.

The Mint Theater is located at 311 West 43rd Street. For tickets, call (212) 315-0231 or visit minttheater.org.

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