Staging Tracy & Hepburn

John Dayton’s play, “Spence And Me,” about Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy’s last days at 9191 St.Ives Place in West Hollywood, has been bought by  David Brown’s Manhattan Project and Bill Self’s  Productions. It will be co-produced either on B’way or Off B’way, Dayton told me. Tony-winner Jery Zaks will direct and he has been in talks with Dayton on ideas for the play. Zaks will direct a reading on July 23 in the penthouse of David Brown and Helen Gurley Brown. Dayton reminds me that Bill Self and David Brown  both knew Tracy and Hepburn during  their long love affair. Dayton was Hepburn’s  longtime friend who produced these Hepburn-starring TV movies, “The Man Upstairs” (CBS), “This Can’t Be Love” (CBS) and “One Christmas.” I will always remember the touching lunch we had with Kate and John Dayton in her Turtle Bay apartment in New York.   

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  1. I haven’t been up to much lately. Eh. I just don’t have anything to say right now. I’ve pretty much been doing nothing worth mentioning. That’s how it is. I haven’t gotten anything done.

  2. My life’s been basically boring. Not much on my mind today. I’ve just been letting everything pass me by recently, but such is life. Basically nothing seems worth bothering with, but eh. It’s not important. I’ve just been hanging out doing nothing.

  3. Help the homeless down the street and persuade them to look for work

  4. I feel like a fog, not that it matters. I’ve pretty much been doing nothing , but eh. Today was a loss. I haven’t gotten much done for a while.

  5. Susan Irvin says:

    I have been a close friend to John Dayton and have heard a lot of the stories John has told me about Spencer & Kate and have seen the home video he shot of Kate when she was in her 80’s. The play he has written I believe portrays the continuation of the deep love affair that audiences around the world shared with them on the screen. It is a true story and deeply moving. My hat is off to John for having done such a marvelous job in bringing dignity to their memories with gentle humor portraying lasting love that warms the heart.

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