Lillian

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Opened Jul 5, 2007
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

By William Luce The setting is a waiting room in a New York hospital, where Lillian Hellman awaits the death of her longtime companion, Dashiell Hammett. As she maintains her vigil, Miss Hellman's mind is flooded with memories: her exciting but tempestuous years with Hammett; her girlhood in New Orleans and New York; reminiscences of her beloved parents; and her days of success and failure as an artist and public figure committed to liberal causes (some of which brought her into sharp conflict with the powers-that-be). The play is both a tour de force for an accomplished actress, and also a vital, fascinating, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always compelling portrait of a remarkable woman - and artist. Presented by arrangement of Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Starring CAIT LANGSTAFF, Member Actors' Equity Association Directed by TED KAZANOFF "...powerful and satisfying characterization" - Variety "...it works absorbingly as ribald, poignant entertainment" - TIME Magazine "Lillian brings Hellman to fiery, articulate life. By the author of The Belle of Amherst, a theater piece that proves consistently absorbing and entertaining." - The Christian Science Monitor

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