Two perennial holiday stories by Truman Capote, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory,” come to vivid theatrical life this month when Triad Pride Acting Company presents Russell Vandenbroucke’s heartwarming stage adaptation Holiday Memories.
When his parents’ marriage dissolved, the young Truman Capote was left in the care of distant relatives in Monroeville, Alabama (which also served as the model for Maycomb in his childhood friend Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird). There, he formed an unbreakable friendship with the youngest of his elderly cousins, a shy, childlike spinster he called Sook. The relationship between these two ‘outcasts’ forms the basis for the stories which make up Holiday Memories, a chronicle of growing up ‘different’ in the deep South during the depths of the Great Depression and an ode to the simple joys of love shared. A holiday treat the entire family can enjoy together, the play is a terrific alternative to more traditional seasonal fare
All is going well for Della. Her North Carolina bakery is legendary and she’s just been cast on her favorite television baking competition. But then, her late-best-friend’s daughter comes home from New York City to ask her to make a cake for her upcoming wedding. When Della learns that Jen’s about to marry a woman, she is forced to re-examine her deeply held beliefs, as questions of morals, judgment and family swirl around them all. This emotional and deliciously funny play was created by Bekah Brunstetter (“This is Us”).
It Shoulda Been You, the hilarious and heartwarming musical, is a culture clash for the ages when two families from wildly different backgrounds come together to celebrate a wedding. As if the union wasn’t complicated enough, the bride’s ex-boyfriend arrives, bringing the wedding to a screeching halt and throwing both families into hysterical chaos. Plots are hatched, promises broken, secrets exposed – and the bride’s resourceful sister is left to turn an unmitigated disaster into happily ever after. It Shoulda Been You puts a refreshingly modern spin on the traditional wedding comedy, proving that when it comes to wedding day insanity, it’s all relative.