The AndyGram

Friday, Oct 31st

You are here: Home Theatre Press Releases 2011-12 Press Releases Mint Theater Extends TEMPORAL POWERS in First-Ever Revival
Monday, 22 August 2011 11:49

Mint Theater Extends TEMPORAL POWERS in First-Ever Revival

Drama Desk Award-Winning Mint Theater Extends

TEMPORAL POWERS

by Teresa Deevy, directed by Jonathan Bank

Resurrectionist extraordinaire of forgotten plays!” - Ben Brantley, New York Times, August 21st, 2011

First-Ever Revival Runs Now Through October 2

Mint Theater today announced that Temporal Powers will extend through October 2nd at the Mint’s home in the heart of the theater district, 311 West 43rd Street. Ben Brantley, in The New York Times Arts & Leisure (August 21st) hailed the Mint as the “resurrectionist extraordinaire of forgotten plays.”

Opening Night is set for August 29th.

Jonathan Bank directs a cast that features Rosie Benton, Paul Carlin, Robertson Carricart, Bairbre Dowling, Con Horgan, Eli James, Aidan Redmond, Wrenn Schmidt, and Fiana Toibin. Temporal Powers has set design by Vicki R. Davis, costume design by Andrea Varga, lighting design by Jeff Nellis, and sound design by Jane Shaw.

Michael and Min are stone-broke and homeless, but the greatest test of their marriage comes when, after taking shelter in a crumbling ruin, they stumble upon hidden treasure.  Min sees a chance to start a new life; Michael fears it’s stolen and wants to give it to the priest.  As the night grows dark, neither one is left able to see right from wrong. Temporal Powers, set in Ireland in the 1920's, is a story of love and loss, where hope and despair are two sides of the same contested coin(Aidan Redmond and Rosie Benton, who received much acclaim for their supporting performances in Wife to James Whelan last season, will play Michael and Min; The New York Times said of them: “Both actors are just right, asserting their presence when the script calls for it but never overpowering the leads”).

Teresa Deevy’s explosive drama won First Prize in the new play competition held by the Abbey Theatre in 1932.  The judges called the play “strikingly original and of fine literary quality.”  It was produced to great acclaim that year:  “Amongst the best that the Abbey Theatre has ever staged,” The Guardianreported; “one of the most thoughtful works seen for sometime at the Abbey,”said The Irish Times. The Irish Independent added: “In Temporal Powers Miss Teresa Deevy has written an original and thought-provoking play. Her characters are drawn from Irish life, they speak in a rich and natural idiom, the incidents might have happened in any Irish Village.  Miss Deevy knows her people, that is obvious, but the angle from which she regards them is unusual.  It is not distortion, but rather that sublime quality in the artist, originality.” 

The critics were unanimous in their enthusiastic praise for Temporal Powers and confidently expected that it would be seen regularly in the years to come.  “There seems little doubt that Temporal Powers will figure often in the Abbey repertory,” predicted The Stage. Instead, Temporal Powers was revived once, in 1937, and then vanished. 

Teresa Deevy was born in 1894, the youngest of thirteen children.  Intent on a teaching career, Teresa enrolled in the University College, Dublin in 1913. After about a year she began to feel ill; her ears rang and she suffered frequent bouts of vertigo.  She was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, an incurable condition caused by fluid imbalance in the inner ear.  Within a few years, Deevy had completely lost her hearing.  Teresa went to London to learn lip reading and there she discovered theatre. She studied the plays in advance and sat in the front row night after night, entranced by what she saw.  Teresa had found her calling.  Oblivious to all obstacles, she decided to become a playwright.  Fifteen years later at the age of 36, after numerous rejections, the Abbey Theater produced Deevy’s play Reapers.  While the play was not a success, Andrew E. Malone (Dublin Magazine, 1930), one of Ireland’s leading critics predicted: “The new dramatist from whom most may be expected in the future is Miss T. Deevy.” Deevy went on to have five more plays produced at the Abbey over the next six years.  In 1936 her play Katie Roche was hailed a masterpiece and selected for publication in an anthology of Famous Plays of the year.  A London production followed in ‘38, Macmillan published three of her plays in one volume in ’39.  Teresa Deevy had become “the most important dramatist writing for the Irish theatre since 1930.” (Lennox Robinson, Dublin Magazine, 1940). Then the tide turned.  Wife To James Whelan was rejected by the Abbey’s new management, breaking Teresa’s heart and ending her career as an Abbey playwright.  Undaunted, Deevy turned her attention to writing for the radio where she enjoyed some success, but by the time of her death, in 1963, she had been virtually forgotten.

Last year, audiences and critics were unanimous in their embrace of this long lost playwright:

“Mint Theater is certainly making an elegant case that the Abbey Theater in Dublin missed an opportunity almost 70 years ago when it declined to produce Wife to James Whelan.” New York Times

“The Mint so believes in Deevy that it's already scheduled another of her plays for next year. After seeing Wife to James Whelan, that doesn't sound quixotic anymore.” New York Post

“One of the best things I’ve seen in a very long time.” Irish Examiner

The Deevy Project will continue for another year with a production of Deevy’s most successful play, Katie Roche, beginning in August 2012.

 “The Mint does for forgotten drama what the Encores! series does for musicals, on far more modest means” (The New York Times).  The Mint was awarded an OBIE for “combining the excitement of discovery with the richness of tradition,” and a special Drama Desk Award for “unearthing, presenting and preserving forgotten plays of merit.”

Performances for Temporal Powers are Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $55.  All performances will take place on the Third Floor of 311 West 43rd Street. Tickets are available by calling the Mint box office at 212/315-0231 or go to www.minttheater.org

The Mint continues its wildly popular CHEAP TIX:Everyone appreciates a bargain, especially these days. MintTheater Company offers a limited number of seats for every performance at half-price($27.50).

Now Playing On Broadway

More... Mamma Mia!    

Mamma Mia!

The infectious music of ABBA provides the framework for a romp through the preparations of an unusual wedding.

More...
More... Country House, The    

Country House, The

Inspired by Chekhov's pastoral comedies, this witty and compelling new play provides a piercing look at a family of performers coming to terms with the roles they play in each…

More...
More... Wicked    

Wicked

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of anunlikely friendship between two girls who first meet as Sorcery Students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood…

More...
More... Motown: The Musical    

Motown: The Musical

Motown: The Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy's…

More...
More... Kinky Boots    

Kinky Boots

Charlie Price has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie…

More...
More... Bullets Over Broadway    

Bullets Over Broadway

Bullets Over Broadway tells the story of an aspiring young playwright (Zach Braff) newly arrived on Broadway in 1920’s New York who is forced to cast a mobster's (Vincent Pastore)…

More...
More... Cabaret    

Cabaret

Based on Christopher Isherwood's The Berlin Stories, the musical is the story of Cliff, an American writer who comes to Berlin at the dawn of the Hitler era. He falls…

More...
More... Matilda The Musical    

Matilda The Musical

MATILDA is the story of an extraordinary little girl who decides that despite a bad beginning filled with rotten parents, a terrifying school and a vicious head mistress, her story is…

More...
More... Lion King    

Lion King

Julie Taymor's acclaimed staging of the Disney animated film has been hailed as a Broadway landmark. The story focuses on a young lion cub's personal journey toward his destiny as…

More...
More... Cinderella, Rodgers and Hammerstein's    

Cinderella, Rodgers and Hammerstein's

Rodgers & Hammerstein classic television production premieres on Broadway this spring.  It adds songs from the duo's catalog and adds a new twist to an old tale! Songs include “In…

More...
More... Beautiful - The Carole King Musical    

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom from being part of a chart-topping songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with…

More...
More... Pippin    

Pippin

Royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his “corner of the sky.”  The original production of PIPPIN,…

More...
More... Jersey Boys    

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys tells the rags-to-riches story of one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Go behind the music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, and meet four…

More...
More... Chicago    

Chicago

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her lover after he threatens to walk out…

More...
More... Phantom of the Opera, The    

Phantom of the Opera, The

Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash musicalization of the Gaston Leroux novel won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical and is now the longest-running show in Broadway history.

More...
More... If / Then    

If / Then

On the verge of turning 40, Elizabeth moves back to New York City, the ultimate city of possibility, intent on a fresh start - new home, new friends, and hopes…

More...
More... A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder    

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

When Monty Navarro, a disinherited relative of the rich and powerful D’Ysquith clan, learns he’s ninth in line to inherit the earldom, he sets out to secure his future by,…

More...
More... Realistic Joneses, The    

Realistic Joneses, The

What do you really know about your neighbors? Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei invite you to find out. Hailed by the New York Times as…

More...
More... Once    

Once

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician (Guy) and a Czech immigrant (Girl) are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week,…

More...
More... Rock of Ages (at Helen Hayes)    

Rock of Ages (at Helen Hayes)

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city rocker, and in L.A.’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the…

More...
More... Book of Mormon, The    

Book of Mormon, The

The Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent off to spread the word in a dangerous part of Uganda. Their tale is told alongside the…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2012 JoomlaWorks Ltd.