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.
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.
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
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
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