James Earl Jones will play Arthur Hockstader in the forthcoming Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man. As previously reported, Michael Wilson will direct this production, which plans to open on Broadway in the spring of 2012.
Are the Iowa presidential caucuses really less than a year away? How time flies. But an election year looms, as does the return of “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,” the deliciously tart (when done well) play about politics, campaigns and the presidency. Jeffrey Richards and his fellow producers announced on Tuesday that they would revive that 1960 play in the spring of 2012 with hopes of catching election fever.
The 1964 film version starred Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Edie Adams. Gore Vidal's The Best Man came to Broadway in 2000, too, with a cast including Charles Durning, Spalding Gray, Chris Noth, Christine Ebersole, Michael Learned and others--including Walter Cronkite as the voice of the News Commentator.
Writer and provocateur of America's mid-century political and literary circles, Gore Vidal (1925–2012) explored history, religion, sex, politics, and power in 25 novels — including his "Narratives of Empire" series about American history — several plays, movie scripts, and more than 200 essays. This blog provides short samples of Vidal's works and updates related to his legacy; it hopes to stimulate interest in Vidal's life and work and will include the occasional post related to a broader topic — literary, cultural, or political — in the Vidalian spirit of unflinching and sometimes contrarian perception.
Gore Vidal was raised in a prominent Washington D.C. Democratic family but described himself as a conservative. He was the son of airline pioneer Eugene Vidal, grandson of Oklahoma Sen. T. P. Gore, stepbrother of Jackie Kennedy, and friend of writers and actors including Tennessee Williams, Anaïs Nin, Christopher Isherwood, Tim Robbins, and Paul Newman. A man of contradictions, he has been described as controversial, playful, acerbic, arrogant, and warm; as a gadfly, a conspiracy junkie, a paleo-isolationist, an America-hater, and a patriot; but also "the master essayist of our age" by the Washington Post and America's "greatest living man of letters" by The Boston Globe.
"Vidal's stinging critique of U.S. politics and culture...anticipated the Occupy Wall Street protests by decades." - The Wall Street Journal
"the last lion of the age of American liberalism" - MovieTicket.com
"writer, wit, scold, bon vivant, crank and friend to everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy to Paul Newman and Bruce Springsteen." - New York Post
Hedi Slimane presents his latest series of black & white portraits as the talented photographer unveils shots featuring iconic American scribe and political activist Eugene Luther Gore Vidal. A man of many hats, Gore Vidal has been widely recognized for his written work as a playwright, essayist and screenwriter. Captured brilliantly, the shots tell a tale of a man who’s lived quite an epic life and continues to move forward with passion and humor. Further shots from the series can be seen here.
[P]roperty records indicate that Mister Vidal bought his house in the Outpost Estates neighborhood of the Hollywood Hills in March of 1977 for an unbelievable $149,500. Imagine, children, the days of real estate yore when a person could buy a vintage Mediterranean mini-mansion in Los Angeles for well under two hundred grand. It boggles and bedevils the brain.
Mister Vidal's spread spans nearly half an acre an includes a 4,782 square foot Mediterranean built in 1929. Listing information shows the main house has 4 bedrooms and 4 poopers and a guest house offers another bedroom with private terliting facilities.
Mister Vidal's eclectic and haphazard day-core that positively reeks of an educated and intellectual homosexual of a certain age manifests itself immediately in the foyer where rustic carved wood beams on the ceiling create a palpable tension with a florid (and kinda fab) and gilded Rococo console.