Successful writer, notorious name dropper, and unapologetic social  climber, Truman Capote was all these things and more. His closest friends  were among the richest and most famous names in Hollywood and of the  Park Avenue jet set. They loved and adored “Tru” until the day in late 1975  he allowed Esquire Magazine to publish a chapter from his unfinished  semi-fictionalized novel “Answered Prayers” that exposed the deepest and  darkest secrets of his nearest and dearest pals.

TRU, a play by Jay Presson Allen (Marnie, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,  Forty Carats), is based on the words and works of Truman Capote. It  premiered on Broadway in 1989 in a production that starred Robert Morse  and ran for 297 performances. Set over the course of two evenings in  December 1975 after the recent publication in Esquire Magazine of the  chapter La Cote Basque from his upcoming and unfinished novel  Answered Prayers, the audience finds Tru alone in his New York City  apartment where, without his best friends, socialites Babe Paley and  Nancy “Slim” Keith to entertain him and keep him company he struggles  to maintain his dignity in the face of universal rejection and find a joie  d’vivre in his usually festive and social holiday season. Fighting the need to  anesthetize his feelings of loss and bitterness with pills and alcohol, he  looks back on his life; family, friends, business relationships and lovers and  recounts the events that led him from his humble roots in Monroeville  Alabama to the pinnacles of New York society.

The Empire Stage production is co-produced in association with Baran Bookman productions and will run from April 14th to May 7th. South  Florida actor Charles Baran, (Aunt Jack Empire Stage, Cinderella The Wick  Theater) will portray author Truman Capote in this one-man piece. The  production is directed by Island City Stage’s Andy Rogow with production  design by Kirk Bookman, (Maltz Jupiter, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Miami  New Drama). Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm and  Sundays at 5pm. Tickets are $35 and can be purchase through the Empire  Stage website at or by calling (954) 678-1496

TRU – a play by Jay Presson Allen
April 14 – May 7, 2023
Empire Stage, Fort Lauderdale FL

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