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Papa, the Man, they Myth, the Legend—Act I (03:55)


The play begins in Ketcham, Idaho on the last day of author Ernest Hemingway’s life. Hemingway removes a shotgun from his gun case and delivers a monologue, decrying aspects of his life.topics.

Papa, the Man, they Myth, the Legend—Act I: War Memories (12:31)

Nurse Agnes Stanfield announces her impending transfer to a hospital in Florence. Hemingway recalls experiences during the war, which inspired “A Farewell to Arms” and early writing gigs.

Papa, the Man, they Myth, the Legend—Act I: Lost Generation (13:06)

Hadley Richardso enters the scene. Hemingway details their life in Paris, where he met James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Pablo Picasso, and Sylvia Beach. He is not a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda.

Papa, the Man, they Myth, the Legend—Act I: Novels (11:47)

Hemingway recalls his disappointment at returning to North America, the reason he quit his job at the Toronto Star, and the loss of early manuscripts. He retraces the publication of his first novels and the end of his first marriage.

Papa, the Man, they Myth, the Legend—Act I: Family and Spain (15:54)

Pauline Pfieffer enters the scene. Hemingway recalls life in Key West, where he worked on “A Farewell to Arms,” and his father’s suicide. He becomes animated when describing the bullfights and nightlife of Pamplona.

Papa, the Man, they Myth, the Legend—Act II: Love and War (16:41)

Martha Gellhorn is Hemingway's third wife. He is a war correspondent during the Spanish Civil War. He recalls working on “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” living in Havana, and the start of World War 2.

Papa, the Man, they Myth, the Legend—Act II: Young Muse (18:14)

Mary Welsh Monk recalls her first encounter with Hemingway. She bemoans his later infatuation with Adriana Ivancich. Hemingway recalls his premature obit, the Cuban Revolution, and movie versions of his work.

Papa, the Man, they Myth, the Legend—Act II: Fame and Death (07:44)

Hemingway recalls a prank he played on film producer Darryl F. Zanuck and the chaos that followed his Nobel Prize win. The play ends with Heminway's suicide.

Credits: Papa: The Man, the Myth, the Legend (03:19)

Credits: Papa: The Man, the Myth, the Legend

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Papa: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

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This theatrical tribute to author Ernest Hemingway — written by and starring Jordan Rhodes — begins on July 2, 1961, the last day of the author's life. Told through a series of flashbacks, the two-person show presents the triumphs and tragedies of Hemingway's fascinating life. From the battlefields of World War I to the Paris cafés of the roaring twenties; the Spain of civil war and bullfights; fishing for marlin in Cuba or safari in Africa, Hemingway was there. Hemingway (played by Rhodes) talks about his novels and the terrible treatments they received from Hollywood.

Length: 105 minutes

Item#: BVL187073

ISBN: 978-1-64623-419-6

Copyright date: ©2010

Closed Captioned

Reviews & Awards

“...provides enough information on the bodacious icon of 20th-century American fiction to spur a thesis paper. Rhodes dominates as Hemingway. The filmed play is a delightful romp through Hemingway’s panoramic life.”—Lynn Trenning, The Charlotte Observer

“Hemingway’s life is always of interest and it has been beautifully woven into a dramatic piece.”—Daryl Roth, Producer

“A beautifully conceived, superbly performed production. Terrific theater!” —Bruce Stark, Producer

“...Highly entertaining, informative and thought provoking. A wonderful evening of theater.”—Frank Capra, Jr.

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