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Tru - Full Length Play, Drama

Tru

Jay Presson Allen, Truman Capote

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Full Length Play, Drama

1m

ISBN: 9780573700347

Winner! 1990 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show

Adapted from the words and works of Truman Capote, Tru takes place in the writer's New York City apartment during the week before Christmas 1975. An excerpt from Capote's infamous novel Answered Prayers has recently been published in Esquire and the author's friends, recognizing the characters as thinly veiled versions of themselves, have turned their back on the man they once considered a close confidant.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

90 minutes

Time Period - 1970s

Settings Of Play - Truman Capote's New York apartment at 870 United Nations Plaza. One week before Christmas, 1975.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Drugs, Mild Adult Themes

TAGS

Aging, Death, Memory

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

Winner! 1990 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show
Adapted from the words and works of Truman Capote, Tru takes place in the writer's New York City apartment during the week before Christmas 1975. An excerpt from Capote's infamous novel Answered Prayers has recently been published in Esquire and the author's friends, recognizing the characters as thinly veiled versions of themselves, have turned their back on the man they once considered a close confidant. Alone and hurting, Capote soothes himself with pills, alcohol, and chocolate truffles while musing about his checkered life and career.

"We have glimpsed the interior man...The writing is wry, economical, skillfully indirect, acerbic and when called upon, judiciously vulgar." - Los Angeles Times

"It is two hours spent on the edge, balancing precariously between comedy and tragedy, between laughter and tears, between the raucousness of exuberant performance and the quiet whimpers of inner torment...Any who remember Capote's look-at-me flamboyance...would have to wonder if he would continue to exist without an audience. That you are watching Capote face the prospect of such a life while you are a member of an audience just adds a touch of surreality...The only real problem is that, as must have been the case with most evenings spent in Capote's presence, it ends all too soon." - The Baltimore Sun

Tru was first presented on Broadway, on December 14, 1989, at the Booth Theatre in New York City, by Lewis Allen, David Brown, Suntory International Corporation, and The Shubert Organization, in association with The Landmark Entertainment Group, by arrangement with The Truman Capote Estate. It was directed by the author. The actor Robert Morse appeared in the title role.
Characters

CASTING

1m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Characters include four additional female voices, but the play is performed by a single male actor.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

TRUMAN CAPOTE
VOICE OF JAN
VOICE OF OPERATOR
VOICE OF MRS. FERGUSON
VOICE OF THE SECRETARY
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author(s)
Jay Presson  Allen

Jay Presson Allen

Jay Presson Allen, Oscar-nominated screenwriter was born Jacqueline Presson in San Angelo, Texas on March 3, 1922. At the age of 18, she decided to become an actress in New York City. The charms of the profession soon paled and she married in the early 1940s, moving to southern California.Disenchanted with acting, she saw writing as a way of becoming financially independent and enabling to leave ... view full profile

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Reviews
John Rust 2/19/2014 10:05 AM
James Harris 4/23/2013 5:02 PM
Based on Truman Capote's own words and writings, with his acerbic wit, infectious charm and haunting memories, this critically acclaimed one-man play illuminates a rare glimpse into the life of one of the most fascinating author-celebrities of the 20th century.

In his U.N. Plaza apartment -- a cozy book-filled world overlooking the shimmering lights of the Manhattan skyline -- Capote readies himself for Christmas. But it's not a wonderful life at the moment. Capote has just been abandoned by some of his dearest (and wealthiest) friends due to Esquire printing an excerpt from his still-unfinished book, "Answered Prayers." The chapter featured a not-so-thinly-disguised gossip fest between certain luncheoning ladies.

With an evening of vodka and venom, Capote dishes up hilarious tales of the guarded circles of the rich and famous and the many characters he has known. There will also be bittersweet memories drifting us far back into his childhood to a Christmas long ago. As he reaches for another drink, we eavesdrop on Capote spinning stories, revealing the many layers and depths of the man who was called "the Tiny Terror."


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