The fiery relationship of literary giants Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald flourished in Paris in the 1920s, and has achieved a mythic status within the tradition of twentieth-century letters. Their alliance was fueled by mutual admiration and fractured by the jealousies associated with success. Zelda Fitzgerald’s tempestuous relationship with her husband was similarly rife with egotism and betrayal, and Fitzgerald’s downfall is commonly attributed, in part, to his wife’s descent into madness. These three lives are the subject of Zelda, Scott, and Ernest, a new play by George Plimpton and playwright Terry Quinn.
This production of Zelda, Scott, and Ernest features three of Plimpton’s friends and literary heirs playing the roles F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Zelda Fitzgerald. Acclaimed contributors to The Paris Review Robert Stone, Calvin Trillin, and Mary Karr will play the parts of the three legendary writers.
Robert Stone is regarded as one of the most astute critics of contemporary American politics and society. His novels include A Hall of Mirrors, Dog Soldiers, Damascus Gate, and Bay of Souls.
Calvin Trillin is a journalist, political satirist, poet, and critic, as well as a frequent contributor to The Nation and Time. He is also well known for his 1993 memoir Remembering Denny.
Mary Karr is the author of two critically acclaimed memoirs, The Liar’s Club and Cherry. She is also an accomplished poet whose collections include Abacus, The Devil’s Tour, and Viper Rum.