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Matinees Wednesday February 20 at 2pm & Wed. March 20th at 2pm
*No performances on Jan. 27th, Feb. 23rd at 2pm, Feb. 26th & March 19th
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FAQ: HOW MANY SEATS ARE AVAILABLE? About 10 per night, sometimes less—and once they’re gone, they’re gone. DO I GET TO CHOOSE WHERE I SIT? No. We assign your seats the night of the performance. But don’t worry, our theater only has 100 seats. WILL I GET TO SIT WITH MY FRIENDS? Absolutely. We won’t ever split your party.
enrichMINT events SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 after the matinee: DR. JOHN P. HARRINGTON Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, after the matinee: DR. ANGELA ALAIMO O’DONNELL Associate Director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, Fordham University.
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Adjunct Assistant Professor of Irish Studies, New York University.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24, after the matinee: DR. CHRISTOPHER MORASH Head of the Department of English, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 20, after the matinee: DR. ABBY BENDER
...but I have no hesitation in applying it to Miss Deevy's KATIE ROCHE” Irish Independent,1936
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M a r g a r e t D a ly J o n F l e tc h e r D av i d F r i e d l a n d e r T h o m a s M. H a mm o n d Jam i e Jackson J o h n O’C r e a g h W r e n n S c h m i dt Fiana Toi bi n
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866-811-4111 or minttheater.org Sets VICKI R. DAVIS Costumes MARTHA HALLY Lights NICOLE PEARCE Sound JANE SHAW Props JOSHUA YOCUM Dialects & Dramaturgy AMY STOLLER Casting AMY SCHECTER Production Manager SHERRI KOTIMSKY Production Stage Manager ALLISON DEUTSCH Assistant Stage Manager ANDREA JO MARTIN Illustration STEFANO IMBERT Graphics HEY JUDE DESIGN, INC. Advertising THE PEKOE GROUP Press DAVID GERSTEN & ASSOCIATES Katie Roche and the Teresa Deevy Project are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
By public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
“Teresa Deevy, the deaf spinster from Waterford, had a more sensitive ear for dialogue and a more sensitive heart for human feeling at all age-levels than many later and harder-trying successors.” The Irish Times, 1975
exquisite work of art”
“A depth, a richness and an originality of thought and feeling which make for an absorbing, surprising and ultimately very moving and satisfying evening of drama. On the evidence presented Miss Deevy would seem one of the most undeservedly neglected and significant Irish playwrights of this century.” The Irish Times, 1994
The Christian Science Monitor, 1949
“Masterpiece is a word to be used sparingly, but I have no hesitation in applying it to Miss Deevy’s KATIE ROCHE. Imagine a play in which the really eloquent and revealing things are the sentences the players do not say; a play in which words become almost unimportant and situation everything; a play of fantastic irony, of vital convincing characters, of superb craftsmanship. That is KATIE ROCHE.” The Irish Independent, 1936
We proudly present KATIE ROCHE as the final production of our ambitious three-year project dedicated to the brilliant Teresa Deevy.
TERESA DEEVY “Of all the lost names unearthed by the Mint Theater Company, surely the most significant has been the rediscovery of the Irish playwright Teresa Deevy.” Lighting and Sound America
Katie is a servant girl of uncertain parentage. She is wild with ambition and dreams of finding something great to do. Teresa Deevy’s brilliantly original drama takes us on Katie’s journey as she struggles to find herself and her destiny.
Teresa Deevy was born in 1894 as the youngest of thirteen children in Waterford, Ireland. Though she intended to teach, Teresa contracted Meniere’s disease while at University College Dublin and lost her hearing. She went to London to study lip-reading and the theater provided her an opportunity to practice—there she discovered her calling.
Originally produced by Ireland’s Abbey Theatre in 1936, KATIE ROCHE was included in the Gollancz Anthology of “Famous Plays of 1936” (“even though it cannot yet be called famous”) along with Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing. The Abbey chose KATIE ROCHE to kick off their U.S. tour in 1937 and in 1938 it was produced in London.
Despite obvious obstacles and years of rejection, Teresa eventually became a celebrated playwright. She had six plays produced at Ireland’s National Theater, the Abbey, between the years 1930 and 1936.
Those who praised the play most enthusiastically had difficulty describing it. The critic for the London Times acknowledged: “It is almost impossible to give an idea of the quality of this really fine play.” The Independent critic had no hesitation in calling the play a “masterpiece,” neither did he hesitate to “admit frankly that I do not appreciate it fully at the moment. It is a play to be read, to be studied, to be seen again and again.” KATIE ROCHE was revived by the Abbey in 1949, 1975 and 1994—each time to critical acclaim: “With an economy that is almost skeletonlike, Miss Deevy establishes her every character with some half-dozen sentences often left unfinished. The general effect is that of an exquisite work of art.” The Christian Science Monitor, 1949
It was KATIE ROCHE that solidified her place as Ireland’s most important female dramatist since Lady Gregory. A servant girl whose mercurial ambitions reach for the heavens, Deevy’s remarkable heroine introduced a study of feminine power with unprecedented subtlety and depth. Mint Theater Company has single-handedly put Teresa Deevy back onto the literary map with our acclaimed productions of WIFE TO JAMES WHELAN in 2010 and TEMPORAL POWERS in 2011. “Unfailingly
perceptive, poetic, and moving.”
The New Yorker, 2011 Critic’s Pick, New York Times, 2011
“Teresa Deevy’s playwriting has one very notable quality rarely found in the contemporary Irish theatre—the quality of economy, which is the best gift of a good dramatist. Miss Deevy, by scrupulous but exact understatement, allows her characters to define themselves as the play develops, and thereby adds immeasurably to the pleasure and excitement of her audience. The Irish Times, 1949 “It is full of wisdom and compassionate warmth…Few treatments of volatile youth matched with staid middle-aged in marriage are as engaging and as moving as this…a most welcome draught of pure, fresh air in the theatre.” Irish Independent, 1975
WIFE TO JAMES WHELAN
DISCOVERING DEEVY An exclusive weekend offering an opportunity to immerse yourself in the dramatic imagination of Teresa Deevy. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 12:00 Lunch with Professor Christopher Morash, National University of Ireland Followed by Readings of Two One-act Plays by Teresa Deevy. During lunch, Professor Morash will introduce some of the themes and techniques to watch for in the afternoon’s readings of WITHIN A MARBLE CITY and EYES AND NO EYES. Neither of these plays was ever published, neither was ever performed on stage. Deevy wrote a radio version of WITHIN A MARBLE CITY which shared first prize in Radio Éirann’s Drama Competition in 1948 when it aired.
5:30 Dinner with Jacqui Deevy. Jacqui is Teresa’s grandniece, literary executor and keeper of the flame, a role she inherited from her father. Jacqui grew up in Waterford, living in the Landscape, the Deevy family home for more than 125 years, where Teresa was born and lived. Jacqui will share her thoughts on the afternoon’s readings and tell stories of the Deevy family.
8:00 Performance of KATIE ROCHE Join us for Lunch before the Readings, or Dinner after - or both. Add KATIE ROCHE for full immersion in DISCOVERING DEEVY $75 Lunch $215 Dinner $250 Dinner & KATIE ROCHE (either 2/23 at 8:00 or 2/24 at 2:00) $275 Lunch & Dinner $310 Lunch, Dinner, & KATIE ROCHE Pricing per person, includes one ticket to Readings
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 12:30 Screening of our HD recording of a live performance of WIFE TO JAMES WHELAN, Dolby HQ, 1350 Avenue of the Americas & 55th St. Followed by a discussion with director Jonathan Bank. If you missed our highly acclaimed production of Teresa Deevy’s “rejected Abbey play” WIFE TO JAMES WHELAN, here’s your chance to catch a video recording of a live performance. “Teresa Deevy’s WIFE TO JAMES WHELAN might be described as a battle of the sexes that features an intense love-hate relationship. But almost everything about Deevy’s crisp psychological drama, which was lost for decades after being rejected by Ireland’s Abbey Theatre nearly 70 years ago, is richer and subtler than those terms imply.” Time Out New York
Or 2:00 KATIE ROCHE followed by a discussion with Professor Morash If you’d like to attend both the screening and the post-show discussion, there will be plenty of time to make it from the screening. “Intricate
and emotionally affecting.”
Time Out New York, 2010 Critic’s Pick, New York Times, 2010 Photos: Richard Termine, Carol Rosegg
To Reserve your place for DISCOVERING DEEVY, Call 212.315.0231 For More Information: minttheater.org