Oak Park Arms

Reader’s Theatre Ensemble presents Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man and the Sea’

Oak Park Arms

Oak Park Arms Reader's Theatre

The Oak Park Arms’ Readers’ Theatre Ensemble (A.R.T.E.) presents a reading of “The Old Man and the Sea,” by Ernest Hemingway and directed by Paul Bularzik, Nancy Elsmo and Roslyn Theobald at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in the Ballroom at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. This event is free and open to the public.

The directors have adapted the classic work as it first appeared in Life Magazine in 1952. Within 48 hours, all five million copies of the magazine were sold out. Later the novella was published in hardcover and was on best sellers’ lists for months.

Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.

Born July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Hemingway had an economical and understated style that had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations.

Shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea (1952), Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two successive plane crashes that left him in pain or ill health for much of his remaining life. Hemingway maintained permanent residences in Key West, Florida (1930s) and Cuba (1940s and 1950s), and in 1959, he moved to Ketchum, Idaho.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040