A.R.T. Season
September 10 - October 13, 2017
"A naked examination of fame by two of its greatest masters—and victims"
— Jared Bowen, WGBH
"One of the most rewarding theatrical experiences of the last several years."
— TheaterMania

From the Words of Truman Capote and Andy Warhol
Adapted by Rob Roth
Directed by Michael Mayer

Starring Stephen Spinella and Dan Butler

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, award-winning director Rob Roth adapted WARHOLCAPOTE from never-before-heard conversations between these two icons of American art and literature. This world premiere production is staged by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch).

Audience Reactions to WARHOLCAPOTE: 

Audiences love WARHOLCAPOTE at A.R.T.

Act II at A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTE partners with the Harvard Art Museums

Rob Roth on the creation of WARHOLCAPOTE

Creative team
From the words of

Truman Capote and Andy Warhol

Adapted by Rob Roth
Director Michael Mayer
Scenic Design Stanley A. Meyer
Costume Design Clint Ramos
Lighting Design Kevin Adams
Sound Design John Gromada
Projections Design Darrel Maloney
Hair & Wig Design Charles G. LaPointe
Make-Up Design Cookie Jordan
Dialect Coach Erika Bailey
Associate Director Johanna McKeon
Casting Jim Carnahan, CSA
Production Stage Manager Rick Steiger
Andy Warhol Stephen Spinella
Truman Capote Dan Butler
Additional staff
Assistant Stage Manager Karen Evanouskas
Associate Scenic Designer

Brian Webb

Associate Costume Design

Christopher Vergara

Assistant Lighting Designer

Christopher Gilmore

Associate Sound Designer

Sam Lerner

Assistant Projections Designer

Brian McMullen

Casting Associate

Alexandre Bleau

Scenic Scale Model

Gaetane Bertol

A.R.T. Institute Production Dramaturg

Annabeth Lucas

Production Assistants

Emily Cuerdon, Alta Lewis-Millard

Additional equipment provided by Sound Associates, Christie Lites.

It’s mainly a chance for fans of Warhol and Capote to travel past the velvet rope and get a sense of the men as chummy co-conspirators. As fly-on-the-wall perches go, it’s a good one. More

[WARHOLCAPOTE has] observations in Mr. Roth’s script, largely culled from 80 hours of recorded conversations between its two characters (who both died in the 1980s), are so presciently on-target they leave you reeling. More

An ingenious, captivating world premiere at American Repertory Theater. More

Roth spent 10 years sewing together a narrative from hours and hours of tapes, and his play, while quite funny at times, is a meditation on the toll it takes to be a celebrity artist.  More

Under Michael Mayer’s direction and starring Stephen Spinella as the Pop artist and Dan Butler as the author-raconteur, the show certainly deserves to be famous far longer than Warhol’s proclaimed 15 minutes. More

Skillfully guided by Broadway director Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening,” “American Idiot”), these are tour de force performances for both actors – in re-creating such well-known figures of their time and in making their relationship and thoughts seem believable and valid. More

Though the striking Scenic Design by Stanley A. Meyer and pertinent Costume Design by Clint Ramos add some context, the work's success rests squarely on the shoulders of the two actors. More

Dan Butler got the call on a Wednesday. By Sunday, with only a few days to rehearse, he was onstage playing Truman Capote in the first performance of a world premiere, “WARHOLCAPOTE,” at American Repertory Theater. More

With WARHOLCAPOTE, an unprecedented look at Warhol’s Marilyn portfolio, plus a series of fascinating post-production conversations. More

Adaptor Rob Roth stops by to discuss “WARHOLCAPOTE,” a new play he’s adapted for the American Repertory Theater. More


Press Releases

American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Producer Diane Borger, announces dates of accessible programming in the 2017/18 Season. American Sign Language (ASL)-interpreted, open-captioned, audio-described, and sensory-friendly performances will be offered.
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and Harvard Art Museums have partnered in conjunction with the A.R.T.’s production of WARHOLCAPOTE to present a series of events highlighting the contemporary legacies of Andy Warhol and Truman Capote, including a unique encounter with Warhol screen-prints and a speaker series featuring journalists, multimedia artists, curators, and collectors.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) announces that Dan Butler has joined the cast of adaptor Rob Roth’s new play WARHOLCAPOTE in the role of Truman Capote.
The American Repertory Theater is pleased to present WARHOLCAPOTE, adapted by Rob Roth and directed by Michael Mayer, featuring Stephen Spinella as Andy Warhol and Leslie Jordan as Truman Capote.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is pleased to announce its 2017/18 Season including Burn All Night, WARHOLCAPOTE, Sense and Sensibility, HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True, The White Card, and Jagged Little Pill.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, is pleased to present WARHOLCAPOTE, written by Rob Roth and directed by Michael Mayer.

Learn more about Act II engagement opportunities and artist talks, presented in partnership with the Harvard Art Museums, here. 


Read the show's program here. 


Read these blogs posts to find out more about the production:

The Tapes Marked "TRUMAN"
WARHOLCAPOTE adaptor Rob Roth discusses the never-before-heard recordings at the heart of his new play with A.R.T. Director of Artistic Programs & Dramaturg Ryan McKittrick.

Listen to an audio version of this article:


Lightning Rods: Director Michael Mayer's Unconventional Icons
by A.R.T. Institute Production Dramaturg Annabeth Lucas

Listen to an audio version of this article:


On Andy Warhol
by Robin Kelsey, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography at Harvard University.

Listen to an audio version of this article:


Read more about WARHOLCAPOTE and other upcoming productions in the A.R.T. Guide.

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Ticket prices

Tickets from $25

Run time

85 minutes with no intermission.


64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668


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Need to know

This production contains strobe lights, mature content, and sexual themes.

Age Appropriateness

Recommended for grades 9+

Mature students will appreciate this innovative insight into the world of two renowned artists and the meditation on fame, sexuality, and private versus public life portrayed in WARHOLCAPOTE. Younger audiences may have trouble following the non-linear plot, more mature humor, and the subtleties of conversation in the show.

ASL Interpreted

Oct. 1 at 2PM & Oct. 5 at 7:30PM

Audio Described

Oct. 6 at 7:30PM & Oct. 7 at 2PM

Open Captioned Logo Open Captioned

Oct. 5 at 7:30PM & Oct. 7 at 2PM

Purchase your tickets for our ASL, OC, or AD performances via phone at 617.547.8300, in person, or by email at ticketservices@amrep.org.



Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

Presented in partnership with the Harvard Art Museums


For more information about Art Study Center activities, artist talks, and more, click here