The limited engagement of Brian Richard Mori's drama begins performances March 14, prior to an official opening March 26, and continues through April 13 at the June Havoc Theatre.
Roberta Maxwell (Equus, "Brokeback Mountain") will play Lillian Hellman, and Tony nominee Marcia Rodd (Shelter, Last of the Red Hot Lovers) will play Mary McCarthy.
The cast also includes Peter Brouwer (Lost on the Natchez Trace, Bodega Bay), Rowan Michael Meyer (Benito Cereno, Blood Brothers) and Jeff Woodman (Cymbeline, A Pirate's Lullaby).
Here's how the production is billed: "The greatest literary feud in modern American history began on January 25, 1980 when literary critic Mary McCarthy appeared as a guest on 'The Dick Cavett Show' and declared that 'every word [playwright Lillian Hellman] writes is a lie, including "and" and "the."' Hellman went ballistic and sued McCarthy for libel, sparking a law suit that spanned more than four years. Hellman v. McCarthy is a roller coaster ride filled with comedy and pathos."
The production will also include set design by Andrew Lu, lighting design by Travis McHale, costume design by Tony Award nominee Jane Greenwood and sound design by Ian Wehrle. Production stage manager is Mark Hoffner.
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