Great Escape Stage Company

Drama Slam: Tru

Written by Jay Presson Allen
Friday, January 12 at 7:00 PM

Our first Drama Slam of the year is a story drawn from the words and works of Truman Capote.

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Tru takes place in Truman Capote’s New York apartment in late 1975. Many of the author’s friends, recognizing the characters in Capote’s new book as thinly veiled versions of themselves, have turned their backs on the man they once considered a close confidant. The play won the 1990 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show.

“Capote soothes himself with pills, alcohol and chocolate truffles while musing about his checkered life and career,” said Randy Lake, Great Escape’s artistic director, who will perform as Capote. “It’s a superb script, and it resonates deeply for us because we staged Capote’s A Christmas Memory in December.”

Great Escape Stage Company’s Drama Slams are one-night-only staged readings of a play rather than a full-scale production, a format Great Escape has offered frequently since the company was launched six years ago.

“We spend one day rehearsing movement and interpretation, and then read it aloud for an audience, with scripts in hand,” Lake said. “We’ve found that our audiences enjoy getting a chance to see and hear more plays this way, and our actors get a chance to perform more frequently without having all the memorization associated with a standard production.”