HEM: AN INTERVIEW

A ONe-Man PLay in two Acts

Friday, September 30th @ 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 1st @ 7:30 PM

Written by Robert Beaupré
Directed by Dr. Arthur J. Beer
Featuring Dr. Arthur J. Beer* as Ernest Hemingway

*Dr. Arthur J. Beer appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois.  The son of a prosperous physician, he spent his childhood divided between the Chicago suburb of his birth and the wilderness of northern Michigan where his family had a home on Lake Walloon. After finishing high school and a short stint with the Kansas City Star, Ernest joined the Italian Red Cross and became the first American to be wounded in Italy. Soon after his return from the war, he landed a job with the Toronto Star which was followed by a trip to Paris, where he soon wrote his first novel, The Sun Also Rises. Many, many more followed. An avid sportsman and athlete all of his life, Hemingway eventually divided his time between his estate in Cuba, “La Vigia Finca,” and his ranch in Ketchum, Idaho.

In HEM: An Interview, a fictive exchange with the author, we see Ernest Hemingway in Cuba sometime before his return to Ketchum and his subsequent tragic suicide in July of 1961.

Director's Notes on HEM: An Interview

Back in the 70s, I had the good fortune to work with Bob Beaupré as a student, a colleague, and a collaborator.  We were on stage together, I directed him in Charley’s Aunt, and he wrote the music for my rock version of Taming of the Shrew.  I first saw HEM in 1978, and I am delighted to be in it now. Beau was a true Renaissance man — he not only acted, directed, wrote plays and music, designed, built, lit, and produced shows; he also excelled in fields far removed from the theatre, and as diverse as woodworking and law.  HEM was an exceedingly sophisticated research and writing project for a man in his 20s, and certainly should have earned him an MA; producing and appearing in it on tour merited an MFA.  When his wife Linda asked me to revive it, I was delighted to discover that the script is as fresh and relevant as it was then, in revealing the contradictory, cantankerous genius of the USA’s most famous Nobel laureate, and the humor and bravado with which he faced his anguished end.  My only disappointment is that Beau is not here to share the experience.  — Dr. Arthur J. Beer

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