The Cat's Meow

The Cat's Meow

by: Steven Peros

by: Steven Peros

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The Cat's Meow

The Cat's Meow

by: Steven Peros

by: Steven Peros

Overview

Based on the true story of a mysterious Hollywood death, The Cat's Meow offers a fascinating cross section of Jazz Era characters who intersect for one notorious weekend on board William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. The play was adapted for film in 2002, with a screenplay by the author, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and starring Kirsten Dunst, Eddie Izzard, and Edward Herrmann.

Weekend guests include: Charlie Chaplin, who has been carrying on with movie star Marion Davies, a secret known to Davies' paramour, the married – and much older -- Hearst; and movie mogul Thomas Ince, who is hoping to revive his flagging fortunes by forming a partnership with Hearst. Playing with fire, Ince tries to convince Hearst that he can handle both Marion's movie career... and her private life as well.

During its 1997 Los Angeles premiere, audiences and critics were both entertained and moved by this darkly comic morality play, laced with clandestine romance, Hollywood excess, and steadily heating tensions, which erupt in a shocking act of violence.

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Keywords

Betrayal, Love

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

Details

  • Genre: Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Mystery/Thriller, Biography, Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Cast Attributes: Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting
  • Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Authors

Steven Peros

Steven Peros

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