Truman Capote’s Christmas play to be released by the Greenwich Theater Company


“A Christmas Memory” is an autobiographical short story about Capote’s childhood memories of Christmas in Alabama during the depression era, according to the Penguin Random House website. It has now been adapted into a script.

Capote is the famous author of classics such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood”.

He was born in Louisiana and moved a lot in his childhood, notably in Alabama and New York before settling in Connecticut in 1939. He spent part of his youth in Greenwich and attended Greenwich High School from 1939 to 1941. Capote dedicated the short story the play is based on to his high school English teacher, Catherine Wood, with whom he remained in contact for many years.

Greenwich High School still has a number of Capote’s writings from his teenage years, including a series of short stories and poems written by Capote for the school’s literary magazine, The Green Witch, and various literary competitions. Many of these poems can be read anytime online from Stamford High School student newspaper, The Round Table.

Some first-hand accounts of Capote as a young man can also be found in the school’s archives. For example, a column by college student Joan Kelly quotes Woods as saying that she always recognized Capote’s genius and thought. [she] should take this into account.

Patsy Moss is a local playwright of Fairfield who wrote short pieces for Theater artist workshops festivals, Aery Theater Company, and New playwrights.

In 2013, she began to adapt “A Christmas Memory” into a screenplay. Then, in 2019, the Theater artist workshop performed a live reading of the script for the public with the intention of staging it for the following year.

Then 2020 arrived.

Andrea Lynn Green was part of that group in 2019. Today she is the director and editor of the hybrid production of “A Christmas Memory,” which is a virtual performance that is both digital and theatrical.

“I was like, ‘I wonder if the cast in this group and Patsy would be interested in us doing some kind of Zoom, a hybrid theater-film production of this new for the Greenwich Theater Company,” Green said.

“Everyone was ready to do it,” she continued. “So we kind of went into a whole new thing and learned our way through that and ended up creating this really special little pandemic piece of art. “

This year, the Greenwich Theater Company is reissuing this pre-recorded performance, and Green is hoping the play will have more reach this time around.

“We literally recorded it remotely on Zoom, and then I took all the footage, put it together, edited it and made it a little Zoom production,” Green said. “I think at a time when connection has been such a difficult thing for all of us over the past couple of years, this news really touches connection, love and friendship in an unexpected way. “

Tickets for the Greenwich Theater Company’s virtually streaming performance of “A Christmas Memory” are available on the company’s website. Tickets are good for a performance window from 8 p.m. on December 20 to 11.59 p.m. on December 26. Tickets are $ 15 and closed captioning is available.


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