Larry LaRose on Bringing ‘Tru’ and Playing Truman Capote at The Greenbelt Arts Center October 9-18, 2015

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Larry LaRose as Truman Capote in 'Tru.' Photo courtesy of Larry LaRose.
Larry LaRose as Truman Capote in ‘Tru.’ Photo by Barbara Lambert.

My  interest in the life of Truman Capote began years ago when me and my wife, Helen, were doing a fundraiser at Penn State, Berks Campus. They were doing structured improv, as authoress Dorothy Parker and author Truman Capote, and they came across Tru in the course of their research. I immediately wanted to perform the play but the author, Jay Presson Allen, was very guarded with the rights. She wanted to control the quality of her intellectual property and after many attempts, getting those rights turned out to be impossible.

A couple of years later we moved to Maryland and became active with a few of the theatre companies in this area including GAC.

Larry LaRose as Truman Capote in 'Tru.' Photo courtesy of Larry LaRose.
Larry LaRose as Truman Capote in ‘Tru.’ Photo by Barbara Lambert.

In a casual conversation I related to Malca Giblin, our producer, and Gayle Negri, our director, that one of the best things I thought I had done was portraying Truman Capote and that I had hoped to perform Tru in the area someday.

I also related the difficulty I had trying to procure the rights — they just weren’t available. Then about 18 months ago, I did a casual search for the play Tru.  It seems the rights had finally been released about six years after Jay Presson Allen’s passing in 2006.

And now, finally, the play has been brought to GAC. It seems like it has been a long journey but we think it will be worth the struggle. We hope the audiences appreciate our efforts to bring such an entertaining play about a very interesting and historical figure to the Greenbelt stage.

 

GREENBELT ARTS CENTER
123 Centerway, in Greenbelt MD 20768
Presents

Tru


By Jay Presson Allen
From the Words and Works of Truman Capote
 
Directed by Gayle Negri
Produced by Malca Giblin
 
Produced by arrangement with Samuel French
TRU is being presented by special arrangement with the Estate of
Truman Capote, Alan U. Schwartz, Executor

 
Truman Capote wrote a book that traded on the confidences of his socialite friends.  They spurned him and it left him bereft and prone to self-destructive behavior.  In this production we see Tru over 2 days, in which he talks about his life and how he hopes to ingratiate himself once again with high society.
CAST
 
TRUMAN CAPOTE – Larry LaRose
VOICE OF JAN – Barbara Lambert                      
VOICE OF TELEPHONE OPERATOR – Rosalie Daelmans                                 
VOICE OF MRS. FERGUSON – Gayle Negri
VOICE OF SECRETARY – Malca Giblin

October 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Matinees: October 11 and 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt MD 20768
PERFORMANCE TIMES
Fri, Oct 9th, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Oct 10th, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Oct 11th, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Fri, Oct 16th, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Oct 17th, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Oct 18th, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.
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Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt MD 20768