Full Length Play
Time Period - 1970s
Settings Of Play - Truman Capote's New York apartment at 870 United Nations Plaza. One week before Christmas, 1975.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Alcohol, Drugs, Mild Adult Themes
Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
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.