Hellman v. McCarthy

West Coast Premiere
February 6 – February 28, 2015

A Play by Brian Richard Mori
Directed by Howard Storm
Produced by David Hunt Stafford


In 1979, McCarthy appeared on Cavett’s television show and said that every word Hellman had written was a lie, including the words “and” and “the.” Hellman subsequently sued McCarthy, and the case dragged on for years.

The play re-creates the famous episode and also imagines a fictional joint appearance by Hellman and McCarthy on The Dick Cavett Show. In reality, the two literary giants never faced off on the program.


Dick Cavett • John Combs • M. Rowan Meyer
Flora Plumb • Maricia Rodd • Martin Thompson

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