PAST MIDNIGHT: A Visit with Larry and Viv

Summoned by Vivien Leigh's final companion, Jack Merivale, Sir Laurence Olivier rushes to the apartment where his one-time love has been recovering from a bout of tuberculosis. Viv and Larry's love story was as legendary as the careers they forged on stage and film--until devastating mental illness tore them apart. Is it too late for them to make amends?

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Summoned by Vivien Leigh's final companion, Jack Merivale, Sir Laurence Olivier rushes to the apartment where his one-time love has been recovering from a bout of tuberculosis. Viv and Larry's love story was as legendary as the careers they forged on stage and film--until devastating mental illness tore them apart. Is it too late for them to make amends?

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PAST MIDNIGHT: A Visit with Larry and Viv

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  • Stephen Kaplan:
    18 Nov. 2020
    A fascinating examination and imagining of Olivier and Leigh's final meeting. Crackling with witty repartee and devastating emotion, Hoke crafts her well-known subjects with humanity and shows a possible hidden side to them that beautifully completes their public personas. A great two-hander that actors can really sink their teeth into.
  • Samantha Marchant:
    23 Apr. 2020
    A well structured exploration of love, life and what we mean to one another. Hoke expertly weaves in facts about two movie legends as she keeps the story moving forward. Tender and a bit heartbreaking, this two-hander will appeal to fans of Viv and Larry and to those who just love love.
  • Rachael Carnes:
    15 Feb. 2020
    Two Hollywood icons come into crystal clear focus, in Hoke's imagining of their last time together. For fans of Lawrence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, the play will shed insight on their tumultuous personal and incandescent public lives. And for readers or audience who might not know their work, there's this incredible relationship, to explore. Hoke draws these two together through humor and human moments, culminating in a slice of creative and cultural history that feels fresh and contemporary.

Character Information

  • Viv
    53,
    White
    ,
    Female
    Stunningly beautiful star of stage and screen
  • Larry
    60,
    White
    ,
    Male
    Good-looking star of stage and screen

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