Theatre Four
Tickets start at $34
*All listed prices include a $2.50 Restoration Fee

by Lynn Riggs
directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges

Mint Theater Company
Artistic Director: Jonathan Bank
Producing Director: Matthew McVey-Lee


By Lynn Riggs

 "I'll kick yer ole door down; Lemme out! Lemme out!"

Sump’n Like Wings is the story of Wille Baker, a 16yr old girl too proud and too wild for the life she’s living.  Her mother runs the dining room in the hotel her uncle owns. Willie is stuck helping her, squirming under her thumb while her uncle argues for tenderness and compassion.


“You cain't keep her in a place that's got a lid on it.

She's got sump'n inside of her like wings,

and she'll beat off the cover, and she’ll go away…”


Sump’n Like Wings is set in Oklahoma, six years after the Indian & Oklahoma Territories combined to become the 46th state in the Union in 1907. Lynn Riggs owes his lasting fame to the musical named after his home state, Oklahoma!, based on his 1930 play Green Grows the Lilacs.

New York producers took out three options on Sump’n Like Wings, but those options all lapsed without a production. Written in 1925, published in 1928, Sump'n Like Wings played 'One Night Only' on November 27, 1931 at the Detroit Playhouse. The following year a French translation was produced in Brussels, where it made “a profound impression.”

Beginning September 21, 2024, Mint Theater Company will present the New York Premiere, which remains a resonant and compelling story about love, family and home.