Monday, October 9, 2017

Dan Butler Becomes Truman Capote

The new play WARHOLCAPOTE adapted from conversations between Truman Capote & Andy Warhol is fabulous. It’s playing now through October 13th at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts & stars Stephen Spinella as Warhol & Dan Butler as Capote. The played is based on actual taped discussions of Capote & Warhol in the late 1970’s talking about creating a Broadway play together that never came to fruition. It’s an extraordinary depiction of theirs lives as gay icons & celebrities in an era when Studio 54 was at its height. Since these tapes are never-heard-before conversations you’ll hear intimate stories & gossip that’s both amusing & gut wrenching. This world premiere production is staged by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig & the Angry Inch) & adapted by award-winning director Rob Roth with the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts & the Truman Capote Literary Trust. An interesting spin on WARHOLCAPOTE is that Butler stepped into the role after Leslie Jordan who was originally cast as Capote left the production for personal reasons. With only a few days of rehearsal Butler has accomplished a seamless brilliant portrayal of Capote. When I talked to Butler in 2012 about his spin on our LGBT civil rights, Dan stated, “I think sometimes it’s the way you live your life. I’ve been politically active in the past with the Human Rights Campaign & Act Up. Right when the Trevor Crisis Line formed I worked the lines for Trevor and The Suicide Prevention Center in Los Angeles for about six years. So now I think it’s by example. I believe in that Gandhi quote, “Live your life as if the changes you hope happen, have already occurred.”
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