“In the late 1970s, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol decided that they were destined to create a Broadway play together. Over the course of the next several months, they would sit down to record a series of intimate, wide-ranging conversations. The play never came to be, and the hours and hours of tape were lost to the ages. Until now.
“With the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Truman Capote Literary Trust, director Rob Roth adapted WARHOL CAPOTE from never-before-heard conversations between these two icons of American art and literature. This world premiere production is staged by director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening and Hedwig and the Angry Inch).”*
Stephen Spinella will play Warhol, and Capote will be played by Leslie Jordan.
WARHOL CAPOTE, through October 13.
AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER, LOEB DRAMA CENTER, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Rolling Stone, April 12, 1973.
Editor Jann Wenner hired Capote to cover the Rolling Stones‘ 1972 tour for the magazine. Capote followed the tour—often joined by Warhol, Lee Radziwill, Slim Keith, Ahmet Ertegun, etc.—but found the shows too formalized and repetitive to inspire journalistic interest. In lieu of a report, Wenner asked Warhol to interview Capote for a cover story.
Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, 1984. Image credit: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.