Author: Stanley Houghton
Director: Gus Kaikkonen
Producer: Mint Theater Company
The Clurman Theatre
12/23/17 - 2/17/18
About the Show:
Hindle Wakes, called, “one of the best plays of modern times” by Theatre Magazine in 1922, mixes questions of ethics, class, custom, and morals into an effervescent fizz of comic realism.
It’s “wakes week” in Hindle; the mill is closed and the workers are idle. Fanny Hawthorn is relaxing at the seashore with a girlfriend when she runs into Alan Jeffcote, the mill owner’s son. Alan takes Fanny to an hotel in Wales for a few days of fun, but the fun stops when their parents find out. Of course, Alan should marry Fanny, the fathers agree. No matter that Alan is engaged already. Must Alan do the right thing and make an honest woman of Fanny, or must he do the right thing and stand by his fiancé?
“A work of illuminating force…as timely as it is significant” The Sunday Times, 1912
“One of the most challenging, original and human plays of the English theatre in our day.” New York Call, 1922
“Few other plays explore so unflinchingly the profound, and profoundly English, connection between sex, money, and class… Still packs a powerful punch.” The Sunday Times, 1998
“The joy of seeing raw, full-blooded feminism in a hundred year old piece is like that of hearing your grandparents swear: you know it must have happened, but being confronted by it in all its straight-talking glory sends you squirming with glee.” Mel West, What’s On Stage,2012