The Mint's Wife to James Whelan Begins Performances Off-Broadway July 29

News   The Mint's Wife to James Whelan Begins Performances Off-Broadway July 29
The U.S. debut of Teresa Deevy's Wife to James Whelan launches the Mint Theater Company's 2010-2011 season July 29 Off-Broadway.

Rosie Benton
Rosie Benton

Mint artistic director Jonathan Bank directs Wife, which officially opens Aug. 23 and will run through Sept. 26. The production is the first of the Mint's Teresa Deevy Project, which will also include readings of the Irish playwright's work and a full production of Temporal Powers in 2012.

The cast features Rosie Benton (Accent on Youth), Janie Brookshire (The Philanthropist), Shawn Fagan, Jon Fletcher, Jeremy S. Holm, Thomas Matthew Kelley, Aidan Redmond and Liv Rooth (Is He Dead?).

According to the Mint, "Wife To James Whelan is the heart-wrenching story of star-crossed lovers. James is an ambitious young man determined to make his mark. Nan wants him to be content with what he has 'and not be forever pushing forward.' We meet them first on the day James learns he’s won a prize job in Dublin, leaving Nan behind. James asks Nan to wait for him, but she’ll 'make no promise.' We next see James seven years later, sole proprietor of a thriving new enterprise in Killbeggan, the 'Silver Wings' Bus Service and 'all the girls are going at him full tilt.' Three women might be Wife to James Whelan: Nan, his true love, Kate, his true friend, and Nora, who appeals to his ambition—but the unanswered question of the play is whether anyone or anything can bring him happiness."

Designing the production are Vicki R. Davis (scenic design), Martha Halley (costume design), Nicole Pearce (lighting design) and Jane Shaw (sound design).

For tickets and further information phone (212) 315-0231 or visit MintTheater. The Mint Theater Company is located at 311 West 43rd Street in New York.

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