Hemingway On Stage has turned into a multi play series!
What started out as a one year project has yielded so much material that the play has turned into a vast epic and will require about five separate plays before it is completed.
Part I: Sunrise, The Early Years, is a two act play dealing with Hemingway's early years in Oak Park and Northern Michigan and it also has a good segment about his service in World War One. It debuted during the Hemingway Days Festival in Key West on July 15, 2003 at the Waterfront Playhouse. The opening Gala was a fundraiser for the Key West Arts and Historical Society. All proceeds went to the case and maintenance of their Hemingway collection. The audience reaction was wonderful and the reviews were tremendous.
Part II: The Lost Generation was also presented at the Waterfront Playhouse during the Hemingway Days festival in Key West, July 2004. In Act One, Hemingway marries his first wife. In Act Two, he arrives in Paris, returns to Toronto for the birth of his child, and then travels to Spain where he finds the material for The Sun Also Rises. The Lost Generation ends with his separation from his first wife and the desire for a second marriage.
Part III: Death in the Afternoon, is titled after Ernest's famous bullfighting treatise. It was performed at the Hemingway Days Festival in Key West, July 2005. Death in the Afternoon begins with the depiction of a bullfight on stage and ends with the devastating hurricane that hit the Florida Keys in 1935.
Part IV: The Man-Eaters was performed for the Spanish Community of Toronto at the request of the Consul General of Spain prior to its debut at the 2006 Hemingway Days Festival in Key West. The first act depicts Hemingway's initial African safari and includes a dramatization of The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber. Act Two is totally devoted to the Spanish Civil War and includes excerpts from For Whom the Bell Tolls. The play concludes with a moving tribute to the American Dead in Spain.
Part V: The Death Factory opened the Hemingway Days Festival in 2009. This debut was followed by a gala presentation to the Canadian-Cuba Friendship Association. Proceeds went to hurricane relief. The title The Death Factory refers to WW II in general and to the Battle of Hurtgen Forest in particular. The play balances the senseless destruction of war with a mixture of humour and love.
Special Edition: Hemingway's HOT Havana. This stand-alone play is not part of the chronological series. It is a separate play and has been performed to considerable acclaim around the world. It is a bold, rousing adventure tale that is always available for performance. This play is also available in published form.
Anyone interested in future performances of these one actor plays should be aware that the primary goal of the author is to assist in fund-raising for worthy causes; however, no request will be refused due to a lack of funds.