PITTSFIELD -- Mark St. Germain’s "Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah" a play about the friendship and rivalry between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, is continuing its world premiere engagement at Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., where previews began Thursday.
Press opening is Wednesday evening at 7:30.
Produced as part of a rolling world premiere agreement with the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va., "Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah" is scheduled to run through Sept. 29.
Set in 1937, the play imagines a meeting between Fitzgerald and Hemingway at Fitzgerald’s pad in the notorious Garden of Allah apartment complex in Hollywood.
St. Germain is a BSC Associate Artist and the playwright of BSC’s "Dr. Ruth, All the Way" (now titled "Becoming Dr. Ruth"), "The Best of Enemies," and the 2009/2010 BSC smash hit "Freud’s Last Session."
His BSC credits also include "The God Committee," "Ears on a Beatle" and "Ciao!" as well as the 2006 production of "The Collyer Brothers at Home & Period Piece." He has also written "Camping with Henry and Tom," "Forgiving Typhoid Mary," and the books for the musicals "The Fabulous Lipitones," "The Gifts of the Magi," "Johnny Pye," "Jack’s Holiday" and "Stand by Your Man."
He has written for "The Cosby Show" and authored the award-winning children’s book, "Three Cups."
In addition to writing the play, St. Germain is directing a cast that features Joey Collins as Fitzgerald, Ted Koch as Hemingway and Lucy Owen as Evelyn Montaigne.
Collins is making his BSC debut in this play. His Broadway credits include "The Glass Menagerie" and " Rock ‘n’ Roll." His regional theater credits includes appearances at Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Rep Theatre of St. Louis, Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, A.C.T., Cape Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, and The Old Globe.
Koch has appeared on Broadway in "The Pillowman," "Death of a Salesman," "Elling" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." His regional credits include Shakespeare Theatre, Pittsburgh Public, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Arena Stage.
Owen was last seen at the Long Wharf Theatre in "Clybourne Park." She also has performed at Active Theater, NY Fringe and Fringe Encore, Berkeley Rep, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and Porchlight Theatre Company.
Ticket information is available through the Barrington Stage box office at (413) 236-8888, online at barringtonstageco.org or in person at the box office at 30 Union St.