LOS ANGELES -- Lamont Johnson, who met Gertrude Stein in Paris just after World War II and went on to direct her play Yes Is for a Very Young Man at New York's Cherry Lane Theatre in 1949, will stage a revival of the play -- a West Coast premiere -- at the Interact Theatre on Feb. 21.
Johnson has had an extensive career in stage, film and television. His association with John Houseman and the Theatre Group at UCLA led to many landmark L.A. productions including Under Milkwood and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore.
Yes Is for a Very Young Man is about the absurdity of war.
When the Germans occupied France during World War II, Stein spent the period in a French village, "sharing the life of the people as intimately as any foreigner could," said a company spokesperson. "She was interested in their spirit and how they made their way through the crisis, more concerned with the small issues of their lives rather than the larger ones confronting them, and at the same time holding them hostage."
Yes Is for a Very Young Man will be performed in an open-ended run Fri. and Sat. at 8 PM and Sun. at 2 PM. For tickets, priced at $20, call (818) 566-8499. Interact Theatre is at 11855 Hart St., N. Hollywood. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent