Mint Theater Company returns to live performances in 2022 with a new production of The Daughter-in-Law by D.H. Lawrence, first produced by the Mint in 2003. “Proof that theater history is worth excavating” (The New York Times).
Written in 1913 and set against the background of the impending national coal strike of 1912, The Daughter-in-Law tells the story of Luther Gascoyne, a young miner, and his newly-wed wife Minnie, a former governess. The tensions and misunderstandings they suffer due to their different backgrounds and expectations are exacerbated by the powerful influence of Luther’s mother and brought to open conflict when it is discovered that Luther, before his marriage, made another woman pregnant. As the labor unrest comes to a boil, so does the simmering conflict between Luther and Minnie.
“Lawrence's tale of a marriage strained by class conflict is so well-constructed, so brutally intimate and so psychologically shrewd that it has the prescience and dimensions of an important modernist work…There is not an ounce of coyness in Lawrence's script, and each character has a fully grounded and virtually unshakable sense of his or her own just deserts, and as these expectations bang into one another again and again, the pain that is created is both viscerally sharp and chronically throbbing. Rarely do you see lives so persuasively scraped raw onstage.” –The New York Times
This brilliant drama by one of the most powerful and passionate authors of the 20th century is “must-see” for audiences hungry for great storytelling.
Programming subject to change.
Illustration by Stefano Imbert.
Written by D. H. Lawrence
Directed by Martin Platt
Set Design by Bill Clarke
Costume Design by Holly Poe Durbin
Lighting Design by Jeff Nellis
Sound Design by Lindsay Jones
Dialect Design by Amy Stoller
Casting Director Stephanie Klapper, CSA
Mint Theater Company Artistic Director Jonathan Bank