Mint Theater Company will present the American premiere of Noël Coward's The Rat Trap at New York City Center Off-Broadway beginning November 1. The limited engagement will open November 21 with a final performance set for December 10.
Alexander Lass will direct the production, which will star James Evans (The Woman in Black), Elisabeth Gray (Yours Unfaithfully, Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's), Ramzi Khalaf (Pippin, A Christmas Carol: A New Musical), Heloise Lowenthal, Cynthia Mace (The Mountains Look Different, The Suitcase Under the Bed),Claire Saunders (Chains), and Sarin Monae West (The Skin of Our Teeth). Emily Bosco, Jason Eddy, and Kate Hampton will serve as understudies.
The production will feature scenic design by Vicki R. Davis, costume design by Hunter Kaczorowski, lighting design by Christian DeAngelis, sound design by Bill Toles, dialect coaching by Amy Stoller, and casting by Stephanie Klapper.
The drama follows a pair of writers newly wed as they vow to support and love each other through everything—including the creative and professional ambitions and trials of their work.
Following in February, Mint will also present the unpublished and unproduced 1930 play Becomes a Woman by Betty Smith. The work will take the stage at New York City Center Stage II February 7-March 18, 2023. The story follows 19-year-old Francie Nolan.
"Last spring, I read about a poll that showed a majority of men under 50 believe that 'feminism has done more harm than good.' That was on my mind as I was making decisions about programming the 2022-2023 season. I don't usually concern myself with thematic ties between productions, but this year I've picked two plays that tell dramatic stories of the treatment women have had to endure forever—and the limited options, and the hard decisions they have often been forced to make,” says Producing Artistic Director Jonathan Bank.
For tickets and more information, visit MintTheater.org.