Lisa Emery to Star in Keen Company's The Maddening Truth

News   Lisa Emery to Star in Keen Company's The Maddening Truth
The Keen Company will present the world premiere of David Hay's The Maddening Truth, which explores the life of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn.

Co-presented by the Keen Company and Neal Weisman, The Maddening Truth will play the Clurman Theatre. Obie winner Lisa Emery, who recently wrapped performances of Lucy for the Ensemble Studio Theatre, will star as Martha Gellhorn under the direction of Keen Company artistic director Carl Forsman. Additional casting and creative team will be announced shortly.

The Maddening Truth will begin its limited engagement Jan. 15, 2008, and will continue through Feb. 23. An opening night has been scheduled for Jan. 30.

Hemingway stated that his third wife knew "everything about humanity but nothing about human beings." The Maddening Truth, according to press notes, takes "a searing look at Ms. Gellhorn's desperate attempt, in her mid-60’s, to fulfill her lifelong ambition: to write a luminous novel. Famous for her eyewitness accounts of the Spanish Civil War, the devastation at Dachau, and the American bombing of Vietnam, the forgotten, still glamorous journalist has returned to London from exile in Kenya. Goaded on by a smart, younger generation of writers to make good on her promise, she sets out on a painful, errant path that contradicts Hemingway's assertion and yields an utterly surprising result."

Tickets are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting

The Clurman Theatre is located in Manhattan at 410 West 42nd Street.

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