TRU BLUE: ZACH THEATRE’S “TRU” A COLLOSSAL HIT

BY LANCE AVERY MORGAN

Jaston Williams in "Tru"
Jaston Williams in “Tru”

Creating a one man show is a difficult task… to hold an audience’s interest. Unless that man is Jaston Williams. Tru, starring Jaston Williams, written by Jay Presson Allen and directed by Larry Randolph shows that Austin’s ZACH Theatre has another huge hit on its hands.

The piece is set in the mid 70’s after Truman Capote’s falling out with his social gadabouts who ruled the NY society roost, thanks to his article at the time in Esquire magazine that revealed too many secrets that hit too close to home about its fictionalized real life characters. The story is told with elements of phone calls, music and Capote’s own reminiscences of how his life came to be what it was at that time.

Greater Tuna star Jaston Williams inhabits Truman Capote in a stellar performance is all at once charming, acerbic, fragile, and enigmatic writer. And, Williams’ astonishing portrayal of the In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s author is often vulnerable and confessional. Played in the round, the play offers the audience the opportunity to become confidants to TRU’s trademark wit and honesty. Waves of laughter characterized this show in its initial run at ZACH Theatre 12 years ago making it the hottest ticket in town now. This production is even more fun this time around. So, what are you waiting for? See Tru.

Screen shot 2013-01-25 at 9.00.21 AMZACH’s Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley says: “By popular demand, I am bringing back one of our favorite plays from a dozen years ago that featured one of our favorite performances—Jaston Williams as Truman Capote, the renowned writer who had a flair for drinking freely, living freely, dreaming freely, and jabbing freely at the underbellies of New York City’s social elite. Just like the Greater Tuna characters that Jaston made famous, this role fits him like a glove.  The play is hilarious and poignant in his hands, and the intimacy of the Whisenhunt Theatre makes it feel like you are having drinks with a great friend in their stylish apartment.

WHERE

ZACH’s intimate Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road

(Toomey intersects S. Lamar Blvd. between W. Cesar Chavez and Barton Springs Rd.)

Performances continue through March 10, 2013, Thursday- Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

TICKETS  To order tickets call 512-476-0541 ext. 1 or visit www.zachtheatre.org. Tickets are $40. Student Rush Tickets: $18 one hour before showtime (with valid ID). Pre-show, visit ZACH’s full bar in the new Topfer Theatre, which opens one and half hours prior to showtime and remains open for one hour post-show.

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