Loretta Swit and Harry Hamlin, who played to many millions of weekly television viewers when they were Maj. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in “MASH on CBS and attorney Michael “Mickey” Kuzak in NBC's “L.A. Law,” will share a small-theater stage in North Hollywood starting next month in the premiere of “One November Yankee,” a two-actor play written and directed by Joshua Ravetch.
The two will begin the play, which opens Nov. 16 in a production by the NoHo Arts Center Ensemble, as a brother and sister who survive the crash of a single-engine airplane. Then they morph into other pairs of characters in a show that the producers say “unfolds like theatrical origami” as it jumps through different times, places and families.
Ravetch is no stranger to guiding stars of the screen on the boards. At the Geffen Playhouse, he directed Carrie Fisher in the 2006 premiere of her one-woman show, “Wishful Drinking,” and was working with Dick Van Dyke in 2010 as co-writer and director of “Step in Time: a Musical Memoir,” until the star injured an Achilles tendon during previews and the run was canceled.
“One November Yankee” had a preliminary public airing three years ago when it was featured in the Pasadena Playhouse’s HotHouse at the Playhouse series of readings of new works in development. On that occasion, Robert Forster played opposite Swit.