Tru

January 10, 2013 - March 10, 2013

Show Info

"Williams' portrayal of Capote is enthralling!"
- Austin American-Statesman
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"Witty ... gutsy ... sublime!"
- The Austin Chronicle
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"Wonderfully comic!"
- AustinLiveTheatre.com
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Greater Tuna star Jaston Williams inhabits Truman Capote in a virtuoso performance of the charming, acerbic, fragile and enigmatic writer. In this one-man tour de force, Williams' astonishing portrayal of the In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's author is by turns hilarious, vulnerable and confessional. The audience becomes confidants to Tru's trademark wit and honesty. Packed houses, standing ovations and waves of laughter characterized this show in its initial run 12 years ago when it became the hottest ticket in town. This production promises to be even more fun!

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Please Note: Ticket price is not refundable. Late-comers are seated at the discretion of the House Manager. Unclaimed seats at curtain time are subject to release to patrons on standby.


Jaston Williams is Truman Capote in TRU, Photo by Kirk Tuck


Photos by Kirk Tuck.

"A man who doesn't dream is like a man who doesn't sweat: he stores up a lot of poison."
— Truman Capote

Cast/Crew

About the Company

JASTON WILLIAMS* – AT ZACH THEATRE: The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (2012), Our Town (The Stage Manager), The Laramie Project (2002) and Jay Presson Allen’s Tru (as Truman Capote). He toured with the Tuna Texas Quartet with performances On and Off-Broadway, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Warner Theatre and National Theatre, as well as venues from coast to coast, The American Spoleto Festival and The Edinburgh International Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. His one man auto-biographical shows I’m Not Lying and Cowboy Noises have been produced to critical acclaim. He is a recipient of B. Iden Payne and Austin Critics’ Table Awards, The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critic Award, the L.A. Dramalogue Award and has been nominated five times for Washington DC’s Helen Hayes Award. He was also given the Texas Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts by a Native Texan. His new show Camping With Gasoline premiered at the Grand Opera House in Galveston in June of this year.

About the Artistic Staff

LARRY RANDOLPH (Director) – is pleased to have the opportunity to revisit Tru at ZACH Theatre with his good friend Jaston Williams. Larry was teaching drama at Texas Tech when he met Jaston. He became Jaston’s first acting teacher and directed him in a production of The Lion in Winter. Over the years, their involvement in Greater Tuna has taken on a life of its own. When Greater Tuna was in the early stages of its record-breaking run in San Francisco, Jaston suggested Larry as a replacement for a departing cast member. The run was supposed to last another three months, but he wound up performing for three years, giving more than 1,200 performances in that production alone. He has also done two summer tours of the play with Jaston. This March in Dallas, Larry will appear in what he calls his “FINAL, Final Farewell Appearance” of the play, which is being produced by One Thirty Productions – a company that performs only matinees and which Larry helped found. In the 2011 Festival of Independent Theatres – an annual event in Dallas for the past 31 years – Larry performed the leading character in Lanford Wilson’s The Madness of Lady Bright, for which he received a “Best Actor” award by the DFW Critics Forum. This past September, he revived that performance for the Pride Performing Arts Festival in Dallas. As a director and actor, he has criss-crossed the country many times and even wound up directing an original play, The Knife Thrower’s Assistant or A Life on the Cutting Edge, at the famous Edinburgh Festival which won a “Fringe Best” award. During his half-century career he has directed Shakespeare in Virginia, musicals in Las Vegas, farces in New Hampshire, outdoor drama in North Carolina and Horton Foote in Texas. But he takes special pride in this production of Tru and is so pleased to once again be working with Jaston and the incredible professionals at ZACH Theatre. Thanks to you all.

MICHAEL B. RAIFORD (Set Design) – is a Scenic and Costume designer based in Austin, TX. National/Regional Credits: Michael has designed 20 shows at Actors Theatre of Louisville including a dozen world premieres at The Humana Festival of New American Plays. Other regional credits include: GEVA, Cleveland Playhouse, Central City Opera, Kansas City Rep, The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Ford’s Theatre (Washington DC), Opera Boston and The New Victory Theatre (NYC). In Austin: Ballet Austin, The Magic Flute and The Mozart Project; Austin Lyric; Rigoletto; Rude Mechanicals’ Tesla and Big Love. At ZACH: 20 years and 100 productions including recent favorites: Ragtime, God of Carnage, Spring Awakening, Hairspray, and many more. In addition, Michael works as a Creative Consultant in many fields including Architecture, Advertising and, yes, even Marching Band and Drum Corps (The Cavaliers and The Academy). Michael received his MFA from UT where he also taught design for 10 years and is a Member of United Scenic Artists. To see more of his work visit: flickr.com/photos/michaelraiford/sets.

SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE (Costume Design) - More than 20 ZACH Theatre credits including Ragtime, Xanadu, Hairspray, Dividing the Estate, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Laramie Project and Jesus Christ Superstar/Jesucristo Superestrella. Other local designs include Ballet Austin’s The Magic Flute; Austin Lyric Opera’s The Bat; Zilker Theatre Productions’ The Sound of Music, The Music Man and Annie Get Your Gun; and The Crucible, The Pajama Game, Carousel and several more at St. Edward’s University, where she recently joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Costume Design. Susan’s over 200 professional credits include productions at Denver Center Theatre Company, Syracuse Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Skylight Opera Theatre, New York City Opera, as well as Off-Broadway. Susan holds a B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama, and is a 26-year member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

JASON AMATO (Lighting Design) – Jason’s career spans 18 years, designing more than 500 local and international shows. In addition to designing at ZACH Theatre for 13 years, he is the Resident Lighting Designer for Austin Shakespeare, Blue Lapis Light and the Vortex Repertory Theatre. Recent shows at ZACH Theatre: The Santaland Diaries, White Christmas, Ragtime, Next to Normal, Spring Awakening, Hairspray, The Book of Grace, August: Osage County, Red Hot Patriot, Rent, Metamorphoses, Becky’s New Car, Our Town, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Grapes of Wrath, Shooting Star, Beehive and Caroline, or Change. The Austin Critics’ Table Awards has honored Jason for outstanding lighting in 30 shows. He has also received B. Iden Payne Awards for his lighting of Troades, Trickster, The Exonerated, Omnium-Gatherum, Triskelion, Panoptikon, Despair’s Book of Dreams and The Deluge. In 2008, Jason received the “Outstanding Contribution to Austin Theater” award from Austin Circle of Theaters. You can also view his design work at www.jasonamato.com.

KEN HUNCOVSKY (Sound Design) - has worked on the National Tours of Tuna Does Vegas, A Tuna Christmas (including Broadway), Red White and Tuna, Greater Tuna, The Foreigner and the Broadway-bound production of Ann: An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards starring Holland Taylor. REGIONAL: Cowboy Noises, Windblown, Hillbilly Heaven, Small Town Girl, Trail of Tears, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Jose Greco’s Spanish Dance Company, The Cow Patty’s, The Fantasticks, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, The Chairs and American Fiesta. Ken currently serves as the Audio/Visual Director at The Long Center for the Performing Arts.

CRAIG BROCK (Additional Sound Design) – is ZACH’s Resident Sound Designer, in addition to working as a recording engineer and music producer since 1989. AT ZACH THEATRE: White Christmas, Ragtime, Xanadu, Dividing The Estate, The Laramie Project, The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, Next to Normal, Rent, Metamorphoses, The Drowsy Chaperone, Becky’s New Car, Our Town, Flaming Idiots, Spelling Bee, Love, Janis, The Grapes of Wrath, Let Me Down Easy, Shooting Star, Caroline, or Change, The Clean House, Altar Boyz, Porgy and Bess, Speeding Motorcycle, High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar/Jesucristo Superestrella, Take Me Out, Rocky Horror, I Am My Own Wife, Urinetown, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Rockin’ Christmas Party and The Santaland Diaries. REGIONAL THEATRE: Evil Dead, City of Angels, Dream, Annie, The Music Man and Starlight Express. Album credits include: El Tri, Mana, Luis Miguel, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Guns & Roses, David Crosby, Stephen Stills.

JUSTIN COX (Properties Design) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Props Artisan for White Christmas, Ragtime, Dividing the Estate, Hairspray and The Santaland Diaries. OTHER THEATRE: Pride and Prejudice, Twelfth Knight, Arcadia, Hamlet, Love’s Labours Lost and Man and Superman at Austin Shakespeare; Invisible Inc. at Hidden Room Theatre; Twelfth Labor at Tutto Theatre; Leonardo and His Flying Machine with Puppetrunk Theatre (Puppet Design Team) FILM: The Legend of Hell’s Gate with 4Go West Productions (Set Dresser). TV: Impaled! with Oxford Scientific Films for Discovery Channel US and Five UK (Special Effects Prop Design & Set Dress). OTHER CREDITS: Production team member at Looking for Shakespeare, an at-risk youth camp in New York, NY.

JIM LYDEN (Technical Director) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Ragtime, Santaland Diaries and White Christmas. Jim has designed sets, lights, or sound for more than 100 productions. He has worked as Technical Director for the California Shakespeare Theatre and as a Set Designer and Technical Director for the Utah Festival Opera. He was an associate professor for the College of Santa Fe and The University of Colorado. He has worked with the Central City (CO) Opera and the Colorado and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals. He lives in Austin with his wife, Helene Clehr, his daughter Grace and two annoying dogs.

 

PAUL FLINT (Director of Production) – joined ZACH Theatre in 2008. He earned his B.F.A. from Shorter College and M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, with a focus on Technical Direction, Scenic Design and Arts Management. His theatre credits include the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA, Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY, Vitalist Theatre Company in Chicago, IL, and he is a founding member of Seaside Repertory Theatre in Seaside, FL. Paul is the author of Managing the Creative Mind: A Technical Director’s Process.

 

BLAIR HURRY (Costume Shop Manager) – grew up in Austin and studied Costume Design & Technology at the University of Texas. Her costume design works at ZACH Theatre include The Santaland Diaries, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, Metamorphoses, Shooting Star (2009-2010 Season), Farm to Market, Call It Courage, Brother’s Boyfriends and other Criminals, Give a Mouse a Cookie, Sideways Stories (ZACH’s Performing Arts School). Other local designs include Vampyress (Vortex Theatre), Parade: A Musical (St. Edward’s University), The Famous Rio Grande, The Trojan Women and Cabaret (University of Texas). Prior to ZACH, she built costumes for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Ohio Light Opera Company and STAGES: St. Louis. She also worked as Head of Wardrobe and Make-up for the national tour of Playhouse Disney’s The Doodlebops LIVE! and the 2008 national tour of The Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker. She is currently an active member of the local 205 IATSE union.

VICTORIA S. COADY* (Production Stage Manager) – joined ZACH Theatre in July 2012. REGIONAL THEATRE: The Rocky Horror Show at American Repertory Theatre’s OBERON, Xanadu, The Drowsy Chaperone, Striking 12, Body Awareness, Adding Machine: A Musical; [title of show] at SpeakEasy Stage Company; Producer for toUch Performance Art’s AcousticaElectronica in Boston and New York. OFF-BROADWAY: The Merchant Of Venice in New York and the Royal Shakespeare Company, UK with Theatre for a New Audience, The Jew Of Malta, Sore Throats and All’s Well That Ends Well with Theatre for a New Audience NYC. EVENT MANAGEMENT: Harvard Arts Medal 2012 presented to Tommy Lee Jones, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation launch event at Harvard University.

ROBERT TOLARO* (Stage Manager) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Stage Manager for Fully Committed and Director of Just So Stories (B. Iden Payne Award winner). REGIONAL THEATRE: Mr. Tolaro has served as Equity Production Stage Manager for national tours of The Foreigner; Greater Tuna; The Fantasticks; Red, White and Tuna; Tuna Does Vegas and A Tuna Christmas - which included four weeks on Broadway at the Booth Theatre. He recently stage managed Holland Taylor in her one woman show Ann, which is scheduled for a Broadway run in 2013. He has also stage managed such dignitaries as Walter Cronkite, Bob Shieffer, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Tommy Lee Jones, Tommy Tune, Betty Buckley and Carol Burnett. OTHER THEATRE: Robert has been a member of Actors Equity Association for 27 years. An accomplished director, Robert was selected as a national finalist for the TCG/NEA Directing Fellowships, and is a recipient of a regional Emmy Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Special Programming” for his signed and voiced production of Moliere’s The Miser, which aired on national PBS stations.

Credits

By JAY PRESSON ALLEN
Starring JASTON WILLIAMS as Truman Capote
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