THE SUITCASE UNDER THE BED:
Author: Teresa Deevy
Director: Jonathan Bank
Producer: Mint Theater Company
The Beckett Theatre
7/21/17 - 9/23/17
About the show:
The Suitcase Under the Bed consists of four short plays by Teresa Deevy, "one of the most undeservedly neglected and significant Irish playwrights of the 20th century."
Another name for this evening of short plays might be Three Proposals and a Break-up. Deevy’s four plays each casts an unsentimental eye on the idea of marriage. One of the plays is even set against the backdrop of a wedding, taking place elsewhere: "I was thinking of my marriage day when I was looking at them two", says Mrs. Marks in The King of Spain’s Daughter. "It is a thought would sadden anyone."
The Suitcase Under the Bed: Short Plays by Teresa Deevy Special Information
This summer, Mint Theater Company will resume their Teresa Deevy Project with The Suitcase Under the Bed, so named for the location where Deevy’s writing was stored for decades, prior to Mint’s Artistic Director Jonathan Bank’s arrival at the Deevy family home in Waterford, Ireland in 2010.
In 2010, Mint re-introduced Deevy to the world with their acclaimed production of Wife to James Whelan, the first of three full productions which Mint gave this brilliant Irish woman. Deevy—a deaf playwright who turned to writing when her dreams of teaching were dashed after losing her hearing at the age of twenty—ended her career writing plays for the radio.
Mint has received worldwide recognition for their effort to restore Teresa Deevy to her proper place in the canon of Irish dramatic literature. Fintan O’Toole, one of Ireland’s leading public intellectuals and drama critics, acknowledged the importance of both Deevy and Mint’s exploration of her work in the pages of the Irish Times in 2013:
“Deevy was the great white hope of the Abbey in the mid-1930s. Katie Roche was included alongside the staples of O’Casey and Synge on the Abbey’s tour of the US in 1937. And then she was simply dropped, suddenly and without explanation. Deevy’s next play, Holiday House, was accepted by the Abbey but then shelved, and she was never told why.
That breach has never been properly repaired. The Abbey has twice staged Katie Roche in recent decades... But there has been no coherent exploration of Deevy’s work as a whole by any Irish company. Instead, the Mint Theatre in New York, which specialises in rediscovering lost work, has engaged in what it calls the Teresa Deevy Project.
There are good reasons, both social and artistic, why Irish theatre should pay attention to this project.”