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The Old Man and the Play: Friend Keeps Word to Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway urged his pal to write his own adaptation of “The Old Man and the Sea.”

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    NEW YORK - JANUARY 10: Writer A.E. Hotchner performs during a memorial tribute to Cy Coleman at Majestic Theatre January 10, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

    WESTPORT, Conn. -- When the 1958 film adaptation “The Old Man and the Sea” hit theaters, Ernest Hemingway told his close friend A.E. Hotchner that he didn't like it at all, and urged his writer pal to do his own adaptation someday. 

    More than 60 years later, Hotchner, a Saint Louis native, has kept his word. His stage adaptation of "The Old Man and the Sea" premieres at the newly renovated Point Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse on Feb. 1. 

    A.E. Hotchner is the author of 18-books, including "Papa Hemingway."

    The 101-year-old playwright and author said it wasn't until he became an old man himself that he hit on a version that could transport itself beyond the book. 

    To help reel the project in, he enlisted his son Tim Hotchner to collaborate on it and help transform his draft into what will be performed. 

    It runs through Feb. 17.

    A.E. Hotchner is also co-founder of Newman's Own Foods, which he founded with Paul Newman, according to his biography on MacMillan Speakers. 

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