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WARHOLCAPOTE

  • Sep 10, 2017 - Oct 13, 2017

  • Loeb Drama Center

  • Run Time: 85 minutes with no intermission.

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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).

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

Notable dates

ASL Dates

Oct. 1 at 2PM – Oct. 5 at 7:30PM

Audio Described Dates

Oct. 6 at 7:30PM – Oct. 7 at 2PM

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.

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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.

Discussions

ACT II
Presented in partnership with the Harvard Art Museums

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

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Credits

Creative team

From the words of

Truman Capote and Andy Warhol

Adapted by

Rob Roth

Adapted by

Rob Roth

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTE. Rob Roth received a Tony nomination for his Broadway directing debut, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, which went on to become the eighth-longest-running show in Broadway history. "Beauty" has been seen by more than 40 million people all over the world, winning many awards, including the Olivier Award for Best Musical in London. Rob went on to direct the inaugural production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA, and the Broadway musical Lestat, based on the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles, with score by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. In addition to his work in theater, Rob is a frequent director of rock concerts, working with legendary artists KISS, Alice Cooper, Cyndi Lauper, The Dresden Dolls, and guitar great Steve Miller, among others. Rob has one of the world’s largest collections of rock and roll graphics, which are featured in the book The Art of Classic Rock. Rob is married to Dr. Patrick Meade and lives in New York City with their two Labs, Dash and Tag.

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Director

Michael Mayer

Director

Michael Mayer

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTE. Recent theater work includes The Terms of My Surrender, Broadway; Funny Girl, London West End, UK Tour, TV; As You Like It, Toho Theatre, Tokyo; Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Broadway, National Tour; Love, Love, Love, Roundabout; God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Encores! Off-Center. Other Broadway credits include: Spring Awakening (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), National Tour, London, Vienna, Tokyo, Seoul; American Idiot (director and co-writer), National Tour, UK Tour, Japan, Korea; Thoroughly Modern Millie; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Side Man; A View From the Bridge; Everyday Rapture. Film: The Seagull (upcoming), Flicka, A Home at the End of the World. Opera: Rigoletto, The Met. Michael serves on the Board of New York Stage and Film.

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Scenic Design

Stanley A. Meyer

Scenic Design

Stanley A. Meyer

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTE. Broadway: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Regional: From Here to Eternity, Saturday Night Fever (US Premieres), Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival; Aida (American Premiere), Alliance Theatre; Treasure Island, Arkansas Repertory Theatre; The Three Musketeers, Syracuse Stage. Rock Tours: The Steve Miller Band, Alice Cooper, Cyndi Lauper. Awards: National Broadway Award, The League of American Theatres and Producers; Multiple Drama-Logue Awards, Grove Shakespeare Festival, California; 14 Awards for his designs for The Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, California.

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Costume Design

Clint Ramos

Costume Design

Clint Ramos

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTEArrabal, Endgame, Donnie Darko, The Onion Cellar. Broadway: Violet, The Elephant Man (also West End), Eclipsed (Tony Award), In Transit, Sunday in the Park With George, Six Degrees of Separation. Awards: Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, three Lucille Lortel Awards, two ATW Henry Hewes Awards, and the TDF Irene Sharraf Award. His work includes over 100 national and international credits including Here Lies Love, Joan of Arc, Sweet Charity, and Frozen at Disneyland’s Hyperion. @clintramos

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Lighting Design

Kevin Adams

Lighting Design

Kevin Adams

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTEPrometheus Bound. Broadway: The Terms of My Surrender, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award), American Idiot (Tony Award), Next To Normal (Tony Award nomination), Hair (Tony Award nomination), Spring Awakening (Tony Award), The 39 Steps (Tony Award), Hands on a Hardbody, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, A Class Act, Take Me Out.  Off-Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Carrie, The Scottsboro Boys, new works by Edward Albee, Tony Kushner, Eric Bogosian, Anna Deavere Smith, Neil Simon, Richard Greenberg, Christopher Durang, Terrence McNally, Paula Vogel. Awards: Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.

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Sound Design

John Gromada

Sound Design

John Gromada

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTEThe Night of the Iguana; Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women; Tea at Five; Hartford Stage’s The Glass Menagerie. Broadway (Composer and/or Sound Designer): More than 35 productions including The Elephant Man, The Trip to Bountiful (Tony Award nomination), The Best Man (Drama Desk Award), Clybourne Park, Seminar, Man and Boy, Road to Mecca, The Columnist, Next Fall, A Bronx Tale, Prelude to a Kiss, Proof, Sight Unseen, Rabbit Hole, Twelve Angry Men, A Few Good Men. Other New York: Old Hats; Incident at Vichy; Dada Woof Papa Hot; Ripcord; My Name Is Asher Lev; Measure for Measure, Public Theater; The Orphans’ Home Cycle (Drama Desk and Henry Hewes Awards); The Screwtape Letters; Shipwrecked!... (Lucille Lortel Award); The Skriker (Drama Desk Award); Machinal (Obie Award). His regional theater credits number more than 300 productions at major regional theaters. His television credits include a score for the Emmy Award-nominated film version of The Trip to Bountiful. johngromada.com

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Projections Design

Darrel Maloney

Projections Design

Darrel Maloney

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTE. Broadway: American Idiot, A Night with Janis Joplin, Everyday Rapture. Others designs include: Checkers (Drama Desk Nomination), Vineyard Theatre; Kung Fu, Golden Child, Signature; Allegiance, Old Glove; Karen O’s Stop the Virgens, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Sydney Opera House; The Submission, MCC; Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey 144th. www.darrelmaloney.com

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Hair & Wig Design

Charles G. LaPointe

Hair & Wig Design

Charles G. LaPointe

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTEJohnny Baseball. Broadway: Of Mice and Men, Violet, After Midnight, Beautiful, Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Motown, Jekyll and Hyde, Clybourne Park, Bring It On, Newsies, The Columnist, Bonnie and Clyde, The Mountaintop, Merchant of Venice, Memphis, Lombardi, Fences, Looped, Miracle Worker, Superior Donuts, 33 Variations, Guys and Dolls, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, The Color Purple, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Good Vibrations, A Raisin in the Sun.

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Make-Up Design

Cookie Jordan

Make-Up Design

Cookie Jordan

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTE. Broadway: Sunday in the Park with George, In Transit, Eclipsed, Side Show, After Midnight, Fela!, A View From the Bridge, South Pacific. Off-Broadway: In the Blood, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Signature Theater; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Public Theater. Tours: Fela!, National Tour, European Tour; Dirty Dancing, National Tour; Flash Dance, National Tour. TV "The Wiz Live," NBC (Emmy Award nomination). 

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Dialect Coach

Erika Bailey

Dialect Coach

Erika Bailey

A.R.T.: We Live in CairoEndlings; Othello; ExtraOrdinary; Jagged Little Pill; WARHOLCAPOTE; Burn All Night; The Night of the Iguana; Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women; Fingersmith; Waitress; In the Body of the World; O.P.C. Broadway: Mary Stuart. Regional: New Electric Ballroom, Gloucester Stage Company; Absurd Person Singular, Nora Theatre Company; Arms and the Man, Guthrie Theatre; A Christmas Carol, McCarter Theatre; The Foreigner, Cabaret, To Kill a Mockingbird, Kansas City Repertory Theatre. As Head of Voice and Speech at A.R.T., Erika also teaches voice in the Theater, Dance & Media concentration at Harvard as well as teaching public speaking skills across the university. Education: MA, Voice Studies, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; MFA, Acting, Brandeis University.

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Associate Director

Johanna McKeon

Associate Director

Johanna McKeon

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTE. Broadway: War Paint, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot, Grey Gardens. National Tours: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot, Rent. Off-Broadway (Director): Tokio Confidential, Atlantic. Regional: Mona Mansour’s Unseen, Old Globe, Cape Cod Theatre Project; Comedy of Errors, Schmoozy Togetherness, Williamstown Theatre Festival; Anne Washburn’s I Have Loved Strangers, Clubbed Thumb; The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall, Vineyard Playhouse. Film: Auld Lang Syne, Indie Street 2016 Film Festival Audience Award for Narrative Feature. Awards: Drama League, Sagal, Fulbright Fellowships. Education: MFA, UT Austin.

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Casting

Jim Carnahan, CSA

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTENice Fish, The Glass Menagerie, Once. Director of Artistic Development for Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout Theatre Company: Time and the Conways, The Price, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Love Love Love, She Loves Me, Noises Off, On the Twentieth Century, The Real Thing, Cabaret, Harvey, Sunday in the Park with George, The Pajama Game, Twelve Angry Men, Nine, Assassins, Side Man. Additional Broadway credits: 1984, Groundhog Day, Fun Home, Constellations, You Can’t Take It With You, The River, The Glass Menagerie, Matilda, Once, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Mountaintop, Jerusalem, Arcadia, The Scottsboro Boys, American Idiot, Spring Awakening, The Pillowman, Thoroughly Modern Millie, True West. London credits include: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Angels in America, The Glass Menagerie, Nice Fish, The Red Barn, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Streetcar Named Desire. Film & TV: The Seagull (upcoming), A Home at the End of the World, "Glee" (Emmy Award nomination).

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Production Stage Manager

Rick Steiger

Production Stage Manager

Rick Steiger

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTE.  Broadway: An American In Paris, National Tour, West End; Act One; War Horse; Come Fly Away; The Royal Family; 13: A New Musical; Rock ’N’ Roll; Frost/Nixon; Spring Awakening; The Woman In White; Caroline, or Change; Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch: At Liberty; The Wild Party; Epic Proportions; The Civil War; Titanic; Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk. Off-Broadway:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Mother Courage and Her Children.

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Cast

Andy Warhol

Stephen Spinella

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Andy Warhol

Stephen Spinella

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTE. Broadway: Angels in America (two Tony and two Drama Desk Awards), A View from the Bridge, Electra, James Joyce’s The Dead (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, Tony nomination), Our Town, Spring Awakening, The Velocity of Autumn. Off-Broadway: Volpone, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Obie Award), The Seagull, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…, An Iliad (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards, Drama Desk nomination), As You Like It, Hamlet, A Man’s a Man, Coriolanus. Film & TV: Milk, Lincoln, Rubber, "The Education of Max Bickford," "Royal Pains," "24," "Desperate Housewives," "ER," "The Knick," "Code Black."

 

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Truman Capote

Dan Butler

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Truman Capote

Dan Butler

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTE. Broadway: Twentieth Century, Biloxi Blues, The Hothouse. Off-Broadway: The Weir; Olive and the Bitter Herbs; Beast; The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me… (Drama Desk/Outer Critics nominations); Lisbon Traviata; Widow Claire; Emerald City. Film: Crazy, Stupid Love; Pearl; Karl Rove, I Love You (co-writer/co-director); Chronic Town; Fixing Frank; The Fan; Enemy of the State; Silence of the Lambs. TV: “Frasier,” “Prayers for Bobby,” “Hey Arnold.”

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Additional staff

Assistant Stage Manager

Karen Evanouskas

Assistant Stage Manager

Karen Evanouskas

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTE. Broadway: An American In Paris, The King and I, Act One, The Nance, War Horse, The Book Of Mormon. Off-Broadway: The Emperor Jones, Don’t You F**king Say A Word, Shows For Days, The Mystery Of Love & SexThe Money Shot, Unbroken Circle, Who’s Your Daddy, Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight, Saturday Night, Communicating Doors, Visiting Mr. Green, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Das Barbecü, Yoko Ono’s New York Rock, Jeffrey.

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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.