New Translation of Jules Romains' Dark Comedy Donogoo Begins at Mint Theater Company

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03 Jun 2014

George Morfogen
George Morfogen
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Donogoo, Jules Romains' dark comedy that is rarely performed in the United States, begins previews June 3 at the Mint Theater Company prior to an official opening June 23.

Performances will continue through July 27.

Gus Kaikkonen, who directs, penned the new translation. The play's 66 characters are played by Ross Bickell, Mitch Greenberg, George Morfogen, Jay Patterson, Paul Pontrelli, Dave Quay, Douglas Rees, James Riordan, Megan Robinson, Kraig Swartz, Scott Thomas, Brian Thomas Vaughan and Vladimir Versailles.

"Lamendin is a desperate man suffering from an existential crisis," press notes state. "Le Trouhadec is a professor of geography who longs for election to the Academy of Sciences. Together they unwittingly set in motion a stock market swindle of global proportions. Investors, pioneers and prospectors alike are driven to seek their fortune in Donogoo, a place that doesn't exist — or does it?"

Donogoo was originally published in 1920 as a novel in the form of a mock film scenario. The play opened in October 1930 and has been performed in America only once, directed by Adrian Hall at the Greenwich Mews Theatre in 1961.



Donogoo features by scenic design Roger Hanna, costume design by Sam Fleming, lighting design by Price Johnston, original music and sound design by Jane Shaw, properties design by Joshua Yocum and projection design by Roger Hanna and Price Johnston.

Mint Theater Company is located at 311 West 43rd Street. Tickets and more information are available by calling (866) 811-4111 or visiting minttheater.org.