News

TheatreWorks presents 'A Christmas Memory'

 

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.

What is community worth to you?
Support local journalism.

Comments

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Be the first to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Palo Alto, rejoice. Mike's Cafe is back.
By Elena Kadvany | 5 comments | 2,225 views

Premarital and Couples: Musings on Life
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,581 views

Why we are Warming
By Sherry Listgarten | 30 comments | 1,489 views

Cap On? Cap Off? The Cities Respond
By Laura Stec | 4 comments | 1,238 views

The summer bucket list
By Cheryl Bac | 2 comments | 888 views