Hammond Will Be Dr. Knock for the Mint Off-Broadway

News   Hammond Will Be Dr. Knock for the Mint Off-Broadway
Thomas Hammond, Scott Barrow and Jennifer Harmon have been cast in the Mint Theater production of Jules Romains' 1923 play, Dr. Knock, Or The Triumph Of Medicine, which will begin performances Off-Broadway April 14.

Gus Kaikkonen will direct his translation of the French satire, which will officially open May 10 and run through June 6.

In addition to Hammond (The Receptionist) in the title role, Barrow (33 Variations, Embraceable Me) and Harmon (Dividing the Estate, Seascape), the cast will feature Patrick Husted (Wit), Patti Perkins (The Full Monty) and Chris Mixon.

Romains' satire centers on a doctor who arrives in a small French village with a rather healthy population. The doctor begins offering free consultations to the townsfolk, diagnosing them with exotic maladies in order to prescribe treatment. His business thrives with villagers who quickly become hypochondriacs.

Dr. Knock will have designs by Charles Morgan (sets), Sam Fleming (costumes), William Armstrong (lights) and Jane Shaw (sound).

The play premiered in Paris in 1923, running for five years with actor Louis Jouvet in the title role. The actor would continue to star as the Doctor until his death. He also preserved his performance in several screen versions. Dr. Knock made its New York debut under the direction of Richard Boleslavsky for the American Laboratory Theater in 1928. 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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