ARLINGTON - SceneShop will present a program of readings and insights on the works of Truman Capote June 5 and 7. Curated and hosted by Natalie Gaupp, visiting assistant professor of theatre arts at The University of Texas at Arlington, the program will feature an ensemble of actors reading brief excerpts from works including "In Cold Blood," "A Christmas Memory," "Local Color" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's."
Gaupp, who describes the presentation as "an homage to arguably the most vibrant and eccentric author of the Southern Gothic movement," will anchor the program, providing biographical and scholarly commentary on the selections.
"Tru Enough" will be offered twice: at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, in the small black box theater, Stage 143, in the Fine Arts Building, 502 S. Cooper St. on the UT Arlington campus and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, in the auditorium of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. in Fort Worth's cultural district. Admission is free and reservations are not necessary. Contact Gaupp at email@example.com or Steven A. McGaw at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For those unfamiliar with Capote, Gaupp said he is a native of New Orleans, born in 1924. His first novel, "Other Voices, Other Rooms," published in 1948, was an international literary success and accorded the author a prominent place among the writers of America's postwar generation.
Gaupp said Capote sustained his reputation with short story collections like "A Tree of Night" and novels and novellas, including 'The Grass Harp' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's" He also did travel writing and reporting that appeared in "The New Yorker" and other publications. With the 1965 publication of "In Cold Blood," Capote debuted a new genre, the non-fiction novel, and the book was an international bestseller.Other works include "A Christmas Memory," "Music for Chameleons," "The Dogs Bark," and "Answered Prayers, The Unfinished Novel," as well as the plays, "The Grass Harp" and "House of Flowers" and the films "Beat the Devil" and "The Innocents."
"This will be an unusual opportunity to sample a diverse selection of his works," Gaupp said.
Capote won the O. Henry Memorial Short Story Prize twice and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died in August 1984.
SceneShop was founded in 1996 to offer playwrights a forum for short dramatic works, like scenes and monologues, and to provide audiences a casual theatrical alternative. Performing in bars, restaurants, galleries and other unexpected spaces, the "Shop" has produced more than 100 new works by local and regional authors. Each edition of SceneShop features a complete evening of new theatrical pieces, as well as eclectic live music. SceneShop 2008 opens in August. Visit www.fwsceneshop.com or www.myspace.com/sceneshop for more information.
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