THE GEM PLAYERS PRESENT TRUMAN CAPOTE'S
The Thanksgiving Visitor and A Christmas Memory
These are two tiny gems of holiday stories, and although they are memories they are told in the present tense, which gives it a certain immediacy. Written by Capote as if a backward glance at his childhood while in college, the stories trace a month of pre-Thanksgiving and Christmas doings in his parent less, poor household. The seven-year-old and his "friend," a distant, eccentric, and in those times elderly (mid-sixties), cousin prepare several dozen fruitcakes and mail them to people they admire. Gathering the pecans from those left behind in the harvest, buying illegally made whiskey for soaking the cakes, getting a little tipsy on the leftovers, cutting their own tree, and decorating it with homemade ornaments are some of the adventures the two share.
The outside world barely intrudes on this portrayal of a loving friendship which wraps the audience in coziness like the worn scrap quilt warms the old woman.
This evocative theatrical production focuses on country life, friendship, and the joy of giving during the holiday season, and it also gently yet poignantly touches on loneliness and loss.
Now holiday classics, The Thanksgiving Visitor and A Christmas Memory have been broadcast, recorded, filmed, and staged multiple times, in award-winning productions.
The cast includes Virginia Orr, Craig Laing, Koltin Thompson, J.W. Lee, Deborah Richards, Amberly Richards and Aaron Haney. Directed by LaMone Rose.