Truman Capote's poignant holiday tale, "A Christmas Memory," is having its world premiere as a musical through Dec. 26 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.
The new show is a collaboration between Duanne Poole (book), Larry Grossman (music), and Carol Hall (lyrics). It is a wistful memoir of a young boy's loving friendship with an eccentric elderly relative. "A Christmas Memory" is based on the largely autobiographical story by Truman Capote, first published in December 1956 in Mademoiselle magazine. It was issued as a stand-alone hardcover edition in 1966.
Set in a small Southern town in the 1930s, "A Christmas Memory" is narrated by Buddy, a successful writer, who reminisces about his childhood celebration of the holiday with his best friend and elderly cousin, Sook. The two misfits sail kites, visit speakeasies, and mail fruitcakes to celebrities, from Jean Harlow to President Franklin Roosevelt.
In the TheatreWorks' production, Emmy Award-winning Penny Fuller is "Sook." She has appeared in many stage and television productions, as well as film. Starring alongside Ms. Fuller is the Bay Area's own Gabriel Hoffman as Buddy. He recently appeared as "Dill" in the TheatreWorks production "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Visit theatreworks.org or call 463-1960 for show times and dates. Tickets are $19 to $67.