The Cat's Meow, a fictionalized account of the mysterious death at sea of a silent film producer, is set for a world premiere at the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood, CA, on Oct 23.
The play was penned by playwright-screenwriter Steven Peros and will be directed by Jenny Sullivan (daughter of actor Barry Sullivan).
The Cat's Meow interweaves fact and speculation about a 1924 incident that is still one of Hollywood's great unsolved mysteries. Thomas Harper Ince -- father of the "they went thataway Westerns" -- was in his early 40s when he died aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht during a cruise along the coast of Southern California. Officially, his death was attributed to a heart attack brought on by indigestion. But for years there has been speculation as to how Ince really died. (Rumor of the time had it that someone on board was having an affair with Hearst's mistress, Marion Davies.) The play's characters include Davies and Charlie Chaplin, both of whom were on board the yacht at the time of Ince's death.
The Cat's Meow opens Oct. 23 and runs through Nov. 30. The Coast Playhouse is located at 8325 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA. For information, call (213) 650-8507.
--By Rebecca Paller