Hemingway and Porter Unite in Off-Broadway's It Just Catches, Jan. 29-March 23

News   Hemingway and Porter Unite in Off-Broadway's It Just Catches, Jan. 29-March 23
Mix the stories of novelist Ernest Hemingway with the music of songwriter Cole Porter and you have the Off-Broadway premiere of daughter-in-law Carol Hemingway's new play It Just Catches.

Previews begin Jan. 29 for the limited engagement at downtown's Cherry Lane Theatre. The run is set to open Feb. 9 for a run through March 23.

The play is based on five stories of the legendary scribe including "Cat in the Rain," "The Three Day Blow," "The End of Something" "To Have and Have Not" and "A Pursuit Race" — the latter providing the line that titles the evening. Edward Hastings directs.

The cast of It Just Catches includes David Ackroyd, Ann Crumb, Marsh Hanson, Ryan Shively, Daniel Freedom Stewart, and Jessica D. Turner. The creative team features Riccardo Hernandez (sets), David C. Woolard (costumes), Duane Schuler (lighting) and Sten Severson (sound).

Playwright Hemingway taught acting, directing and playwriting as a professor of theater for fourteen years at City College of New York ending as Chairman of the Department. She has since moved to Montana — where It Just Catches enjoyed its premiere production at Montana Repertory Theater. Among her other works are Catch and Release, Talking Turkey and We Were In Your Corner, Agnes.

Hemingway buffs will delight in knowing that Porter and the author were not only contemporaries but friends. A collection of Porter's recordings — which still remain at the Finca Vigía in Cuba — prove Hemingway's adoration of the composer. Tickets to It Just Catches at the Cherry Lane, 38 Commerce Street (just off Seventh Avenue), can be purchased through Tele-Charge at (212) 239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com. For more information, visit www.cherrylanetheatre.com or www.itjustcatches.com.

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