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Truman Capote’s ‘A Christmas Memory’ promises ‘wild time‘ in Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS—A Christmas Memory is a story by Truman Capote set in his early childhood, when he was forced to live with distant cousins, none of whom paid any attention to him, with one exception... a much older cousin, also an outsider in the family and a bit strange. The two of them became fast friends.

The story takes place at Christmastime when they made little fruitcakes for people they liked, including one for the president. The story climaxes when they go with great trepidation to visit Mr. Haha Jones, the only person who can supply them with the whiskey they need for the fruitcakes, because it’s Prohibition.

This version is performed by a chorus that supplies narration, sounds, musical interludes, tableaus, and character voices.

“A wild time is expected for all, along with a plentiful dose of Christmas spirit,” a news release promises.

John Hadden directs his adaptation of this tale along with David Stern and the Wild Goose Players. The cast includes Hadden and Stern, as well as Libby McCawley, Jan and Mike Sheehy, Riley Goodemote, Ibby Hopkins, Susan Still, and Morganna Ekkens. Lighting design is by Ira Wilner.

This in-the-round hybrid of a staged reading, radio play, and casual theater will be recorded and filmed at Stage 33 Live at 33 Bridge St., in front of a live studio audience for one performance only on Saturday, Dec. 4. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Seating is limited. Admission is by donation for the cast and crew; $10 per person or more is suggested. Advance donations double as a chair reservation in the studio audience, and can be made online at Masks are required — note that the cast will not be masked in case this factors into your decision-making.

Stage 33 Live describes itself as an “industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory hosting local, regional, and national performers in a casual, intimate setting. No bar or kitchen, the stage is the mission.” Snacks will be available by donation.

More info about the nonprofit, all-volunteer project, and about this and other other upcoming events, can be found at the organization’s website.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #640 (Wednesday, November 24, 2021). This story appeared on page B4.

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