Quill Theatre’s ‘Holiday Memories’ will warm your heart just in time for the Christmas Season
“Short stories are a stupid form of literature,” I pronounced.
Mrs. Cappallucci, my eleventh grade English teacher replied, “you just haven’t discovered the right one.”
Shortly thereafter, Mrs. C gave me a copy of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory. It was the first story that moved me to tears, and thus began my love affair with Capote.
Quill Theatre, in its third theatrical staging of a classic Christmas tale (following A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and Mr. Dickens’ Christmas Carol,) brings to life Capote’s masterpiece in Holiday Memories adapted from the original by Russell Vandenbroucke and beautifully directed by Dr. Jan Powell with evocative movement and choreography by Kaye Weinstein Gary.
Drew Perkins’s original composition elegantly underscores the work’s poignancy.
Adapting popular, even classic, work can be risky. People’s preconceived notions can be as etched into their minds as Capote’s childhood memories are captured in what he considered his greatest work.
Quill’s adaptation rose to the occasion with faithful yet fresh homage to the original.
Holiday Memories is superbly acted. Eddie Webster as the older Truman is the picture of the charming Southern gentleman reminiscing on a time gone by. Webster’s facial expressions alone were breathtaking, conveying Capote’s empathy and compassion for his childhood that put a lump in my throat.
Jody Smith Strickler portrays Sook’s simplicity and unconditional love, her fragility and faithfulness, with finesse and grace.
Maggie Bavolack delights as she portrays several characters, including Queenie, the beloved family dog.
And Henry Boyle as Buddy is perfectly cast as the innocent, full-of-hope narrator of the story.
Reading A Christmas Memory years ago showed me the power of words to create moving pictures that work their way into the corner of our hearts.
With Quill’s loving homage, Capote’s beloved Christmas tale comes to life again with tenderness and elegance that refreshed my love of the work, and again moved me to tears.
Create your own holiday memory by sharing this delightful show with your family and friends.
Performances continue through December 26, 2015 at Grace Street Theater.
Tickets may be purchased online here or at the door.
Julie Harthill Clayton is an out and proud bisexual with a passion for reading, writing . . . and NOT arithmetic. Her work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Internet Review of Books, Curve Magazine, Lambda Literary and more. She is working on her first novel - Two Tickets to Freedom - a semi-autobiographical queer coming-of-age tale. A paralegal by day, Julie spends her free time knitting, writing, and reading anything she can get her hands on. She lives in Richmond with her partner, local artist David Turner, and their mischievous and loving hunting dog, Max.
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