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january, 2018

11jan - 13jan 117:30 pmjan 13TruConcord, NH

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Two-time NH Theatre Award winner Ray Dudley provides a once-in-a-lifetime riveting tour de force performance as Truman Capote in the play TRU, coming to the Hatbox Theatre.
Square Peg Productions founders Matt McGonagle (Executive Director) and Ray Dudley (Artistic Director) are pleased to announce the second show of their inaugural season to be Jay Presson Allen’s TRU (from the words and works of Truman Capote), a 1990 Drama Desk Award winner for Outstanding One-person show. The production is to be performed at the exciting new theatrical space Hatbox Theatre at the Steeplegate Mall, 270 Loudon Road, Concord, NH. The production will run for two weekends January 11-21, 2018 at the intimate venue — performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 2:00 PM. Tickets prices are $17, $14, and $12 and can be purchased in advance at or by calling 603-715-2315.
One of the most prolific writers of the 20th century who happened to also be one its most complex personalities, Truman Capote was considered a transcendent star whose dalliances and extravagant lifestyle were only matched by his writing and flair for the dramatic. TRU is a one-man play adapted from the words and works of Truman Capote, and takes place in the writer’s New York City apartment at Christmas, 1975. Alone and hurting after being spurned by his closest friends, Capote soothes himself with pills, alcohol, and candy while musing about his checkered life and career. Truman’s life through his words spans comedy and tragedy, laughter and tears, and the quiet whimpers of his inner torment. The play opens up the book on Capote by providing a poignant biographical sketch of a deeply troubled man who takes the audience through his successes and failures, love’s gained and love’s lost, all the while showcasing his unique flair for the dramatic.
At times light-hearted and funny, at times dark and irreverent the show will move audiences to all ends of the emotional spectrum. In describing the play, the Los Angeles Times states that “we have glimpsed the interior man…The writing is wry, economical, skillfully indirect, acerbic and when called upon, judiciously vulgar.” The Baltimore Sun reviews the play as “two hours spent on the edge, balancing precariously between comedy and tragedy, between laughter and tears, between the raucousness of exuberant performance and the quiet whimpers of inner torment…Any who remember Capote’s look-at-me flamboyance…would have to wonder if he would continue to exist without an audience. That you are watching Capote face the prospect of such a life while you are a member of an audience just adds a touch of surreality…The only real problem is that, as must have been the case with most evenings spent in Capote’s presence, it ends all too soon.”


11 (Thursday) 7:30 pm - 13 (Saturday) 9:30 pm


Hatbox Theatre

270 Loudon Rd, Concord, NH


Kevin Barrett