'Lillian' due at The Whit March 15

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PITTSFIELD — "Lillian," a one-actress play by William Luce about playwright Lillian Hellman, begins a two-weekend run March 15 at The Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave.

Performances through March 24 are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Originated at Taconic Stage Company, based in Copake Falls, N.Y., the production is directed by TSC artistic director and founder Carl Ritchie, who designed this production for its actress, Diedre Bollinger, who appeared in another one-woman show by Luce, "The Last Flapper," last year, also at The Whit.

Set in an austere waiting room in a New York hospital, as she maintains a vigil for her longtime love, novelist Dashiell Hammett, Hellman remembers the people and incidents that shaped her life. From her headstrong girlhood in New Orleans and New York, throughout her exciting and tempestuous years with Hammett, to her achievements on Broadway and in Hollywood, she recalls those who helped her gain her burning social consciousness — something that brought her into sharp conflict with Sen. Joseph McCarthy's House Committee on Un-American Activities.

Hellman's plays include "The Little Foxes" (1939); "The Children's Hour" (1934); "Another Part of the Forest" (1946); "Watch on the Rhine" (1941); "The Autumn Garden" (1951) and "Toys in the Attic" (1960).

Tickets are available online at thewhit.org or by phone at 413-443-0289.

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