Off-Broadway’s award-winning Mint Theater Company continues the celebration of its 25th anniversary season with the latest installment in its Silver Lining Streaming Series on Monday, April 19, with a two-camera HD archival recording of A Picture of Autumn. Written by N.C. Hunter (1908-71) – one of the leading English dramatists of the mid-century, who became known as the “English Chekhov” – the play premiered with a one-night trial performance at London’s Duke of York Theatre in 1951, but, despite promising reviews, wasn’t picked up for a full run until the Mint’s production, more than 60 years later, in 2013.
The touching and insightful comedy tells the story of a once prosperous, now aging family’s attempt to grow old gracefully, though both their decaying ancestral home and the elderly occupants have faded from their past glory. When son Robert returns to England after living several years abroad, he seizes an opportunity to sell the burdensome 16th-century, eighteen-bedroom, 60-acre property and to help his parents downsize. But is that what they truly want?
Directed by Gus Kaikkonen, the Mint’s funny and sensitive production of this neglected gem features the top-notch cast of Helen Cespedes, Christian Coulson, Barbara Eda-Young, Katie Firth, Jonathan Hogan, Paul Niebanck, Mark Emerson, Jill Tanner, and the late George Morfogen (d. 2019), with a set by Charles Morgan, costumes by Sam Fleming, lighting by William Armstrong, and sound by Jane Shaw.
Following the play, you can stay tuned for a post-show EnrichMint conversation with Dr. Barbara Z. Perman (author of No Ordinary Move – Relocating Your Aging Parents) and Dr. Keri Walsh (Assistant Professor of English at Fordham University).
A Picture of Autumn streams free on demand, Monday, April 19-Sunday, June 13. To view, go to the Mint website, click on the arrow, and enter your name and email address; no password is required. Closed captioning is available for this and all of the Silver Lining Streaming Series.