Unlikely Pen Pals: Edmund White's Terre Haute Opens in Hollywood Oct. 9

News   Unlikely Pen Pals: Edmund White's Terre Haute Opens in Hollywood Oct. 9
Mike Farrell and Jim Parrack co-star in the Blank Theatre production of Edmund White's Terre Haute, inspired by the unpublished correspondence between one of America's most famous writers and a notorious homegrown terrorist, opening Oct. 9 in Hollywood.

Jim Parrack
Jim Parrack Photo by Rick Baumgartner

Kirsten Sanderson directs the Southern California premiere of the 70-minute play that began previews Oct. 2. Performances continue through Nov. 14.

Farrell, a veteran of "M*A*S*H," stars as writer James (based on Gore Vidal), and "True Blood" star Parrack portrays Harrison (based on Timothy McVeigh).

According to the Blank, Terre Haute imagines "four prison house conversations between the nation’s deadliest domestic terrorist and one of the world’s most famous and opinionated gadflies. The names have been changed, the ideas have not. This intimate and fascinating portrait of two men, both firebrands who say and do as they believe, delves deeply into the idea of what it means to be American and what one believes they must do for their country."

The production has set design by Matt Turner, costume design by Bethany Jane Bohatila, lighting design by Cameron Zetty and sound design by Warren Davis. Noah Wyle, Daniel Henning and Stacy Reed Payton produce.

Previously developed as part of the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, Terre Haute made its stage premiere as part of the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and transferred to West End's Trafalgar Studios in May 2007. The play received its New York debut in 2009 at 59E59 Theaters.

For tickets, phone (323) 661-9827 or visit TheBlank.

Mike Farrell and Jim Parrack
Mike Farrell and Jim Parrack Photo by Rick Baumgartner
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