Zelda, Scott, and Ernest:  featuring Robert Stone, Calvin Trillin, and Mary Karr

Zelda, Scott, and Ernest: featuring Robert Stone, Calvin Trillin, and Mary Karr

Past Event: Sunday, May 9, 2004

At Town Hall Seattle

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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 MirrorsDog SoldiersDamascus 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 AbacusThe Devil’s Tour, and Viper Rum.

Event Details

Town Hall Seattle

1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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Transportation & Parking

Town Hall Seattle is centrally located at 1119 8th Ave, on the corner of 8th and Seneca. Their venue is served by frequent bus routes, is near access to light rail stations, and close to a number of parking options nearby. Please see their website for more details.


Open Captioning is an option for people who have hearing losses, where a captioning screen displaying the words that are spoken or sung is placed on stage. To make a request for open captioning, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: for events at Town Hall Seattle, we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure captioning services.

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are devices that people with hearing loss use in conjunction with their hearing device (hearing aids or cochlear implants). Town Hall Seattle has a hearing loop system, so you can switch your T-coil hearing aid to telecoil to have the stage’s microphones transmitted directly to your hearing aids. To pick up a headset, check in with any Town Hall usher when you arrive.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating and Accessible Restrooms are available in all sections at Town Hall Seattle, which is fully accessible to ticket holders with physical mobility concerns. Guide and service dogs are also welcome. Town Hall Seattle recommends that visitors use the 8th Avenue Entrance for events in the Great Hall, and elevators with Braille signage go to all levels within the Hall. The venue has 18 all-gender restrooms, as well as ADA-accessible restrooms on the lobby and Forum level. For more details on accessibility features, click here.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services at our venues, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive. Our Patron Services Manager is available at boxoffice@lectures.org, or Monday-Thursday from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Fridays from 10:00am – 1:00pm, at 206.621.2230×10.