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“Chronicle: Mailer Is Presenting ‘Don Juan in Hell’ with an All-Star Literary Cast.” Article by unidentified writer. New York Times, 9 February, Sec. B, p. 6. Report on upcoming (15 February) reading at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall of “Don Juan in Hell,” which is a large part of the third act of George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman. Mailer (standing in for the ill Kurt Vonnegut) as the Commander, Susan Sontag as Dona Ana, Gay Talese as Don Juan, and Gore Vidal as the Devil comprised the cast. Mailer conceived of and directed this one-time benefit performance for the Actors Studio in New York. The event was also homage to the 1951 reading of “Don Juan” at Carnegie by Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, Agnes Moorehead and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. See 93.2 and Bruce Weber’s “The Devil and the Commander,” New York Times, 19 February, Sec. B, p. 2.