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    Echoes of the War

    THE OLD LADY SHOWS HER MEDALS will feature two-time Tony Award-winner Frances Sternhagen in the title role. Ms. Sternhagen recently appeared in Talking Heads, for which she received an Outer Critics Circle Award. Before that, she appeared in Morning's at Seven, for which she received a Tony nomination. In 2000, she starred Off-Broadway in The Exact Center of the Universe. Nominated seven times for the Tony Award, she has received it twice, for The Good Doctor and The Heiress. Among her other awards are the Drama League Award, two Drama Desks, two Obies, and she was just inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. The Old Lady.will be paired with THE NEW WORD, which will feature another luminary of the New York stage, Tony Award-winner Richard Easton. Mr. Easton last appeared with Ms. Sternhagen playing John Worthing to her Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest in 1960. He received the 2001 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his performance in Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love and followed that with Sir Tom's Every Good Boy Deserves Favor with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Other Broadway credits include this year's Tony winning revival of Henry IV, Noises Off, and The School for Scandal with John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson. THE OLD LADY SHOWS HER MEDALS is a sparkling gem considered to be one of the finest examples of a one-act play ever written. It explores with good humor what happens when a lady who lies to 'keep up with the Joneses' has to face the consequences of her bragging. Alexander Woollcott described The New Word in 1917 as "a perfect thing written by a master craftsman. You witness it with such a persistent lump in your throat that you are unlikely to notice with what canny and thrifty skill, with what consummate art it has been written. It watches an English father trying for once in his life and for just one farewell hour to break through the embarrassed and ancient British reserve between himself and his son, determined as he is, that the khaki-clad boy of 19 shall not get off to the trenches without his father finding words somewhere for the emotion with which his heart is charged and his lips are twitching." Mint Theater Company, "that truffle hound of half-buried treasures from the past," (Village Voice) has a celebrated reputation for excavating such worthy but neglected treasures as Far and Wide and D.H. Lawrence's The Daughter-in-Law, which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play and named one of the top ten productions of the year in 2003 by 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."

    Dates:  July 18, 2004 - Sept. 29, 2004
    Previews start: July 6, 2004
    Schedule:  Tues.-Thurs. 7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 2 p.m.
    Venue:  Mint Theater, 311 West 43rd St., 5th floor
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    Company:  Mint Theater Company


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