JIB Productions, creator of the lunchtime theater series Play With Your Food, will usher in the holiday season with Seasons Readings: the stage adaptation of Truman Capote’s "A Christmas Memory." "A Christmas Memory" will be performed on Thursdays, Dec. 4 in Greenwich and Dec. 11 in Westport.
“People who have not been unable to attend our lunchtime series because of work schedules can now come after work, while our lunchtime patrons can enjoy an evening out,” said Managing Director Inge Maki. “It’s a perfect way to get into the spirit and kick off the holidays.”
Since its original publication in 1956, Capote’s largely autobiographical A Christmas Memory has become a holiday classic. The story recalls the last Christmas shared between the narrator, Buddy, who is 7-years old in the story, and his slightly dotty but loving much-older cousin, Sook, poor in the rural South during the 1930s. Holiday spirit abounds in this tale revolving around themes of friendship, connection, and nostalgia. “This story is a wonderful alternative to the Nutcracker for family fare,” said Director Carole Schweid, “with its emphasis on the joy of giving.”
A stellar ensemble of local actors and director will bring Capote’s poignant characters to life in Russell Vandenbroucke’s stage adaptation. Directed by Mark Graham of Trumbull, the cast includes Sean Hannon of Weston, Betty Jinnette of Norwalk, Richard Leonard of Cos Cob, Katie Sparer of Stratford, and Kristin Graham of Trumbull.
Tickets are $30, which includes an eggnog and dessert party after the show with the cast. The Dec. 4 performance will be held at the Greenwich Arts Council (299 Greenwich Ave. in Greenwich) and the Dec. 11 performance at the Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave. in Westport), both from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Westport attendees might also reserve a $30 prix-fixe dinner at DaPietro before the show by calling (203) 454-1213.