Ben Pleasants' revised and reinterpreted version of The Hemingway/Dos Passos Wars will open Aug. 27 at the Hollywood Court Theatre for a one-month run. The play first premiered at Al's National Theatre in 1995. Amy Zorek is the director.
Pleasants is a well-known L.A. writer, poet and critic. His book of selected poems, "Airmail From Oblivion," was published recently. He is completing a new book about L.A. writers in the 1970s called "Bukowski, Fante and The Maserati Moon."
The Hemingway/Dos Passos Wars dissects the hearts and minds of the two literary giants of the 1930s. Fast friends for many years, they split politically and ideologically at the time of the Spanish Civil War and were never reconciled after that.
The cast includes Steve Andrews (Dos Passos), Ursula Burton, Kira Dahlgren, Al Dinneen, Jennifer Gundy and Melissa Jones. Charles Klausmeyer plays Ernest Hemingway. This year marks Hemingway's centennial (1899-1999).
The Hollywood Court Theatre is located at Franklin & Highland in Hollywood. For tickets and information call (310) 440-3447. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent