Professional actors, directors and writers play, practice and expand their skills at the Theatre Artists Workshop. TAW’s private Monday workshops are hotbeds of creativity, where members put up works-in-progress and get feedback and support.
Theatre Artists Workshop Kicks Off The Season With Capotes Hilarious”Holiday Memories”
Truman Capote’s deliciously dry humor, a beloved spinster, whisky-soaked fruitcake, kooky Southern relatives, and a tipsy rat terrier highlight the hilarious and heartwarming, “Holiday Memories,” which Norwalk’s Theatre Artists Workshop presents
Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and 3rd at 8 PM, and Sunday, December 4th at 3 PM
in their beautiful black box theatre at 5 Gregory Blvd, Norwalk.
Admission to the classic night concert reading is free, but a $15 donation is suggested at the door to support the Workshop, a non-profit organization of professional actors, writers and directors founded in 1983 by stage and screen star Keir Dullea. Skillfully adapted by Russell Vandenbrouke, the two tender and touching one-acts that comprise “Holiday Memories” bring to the stage two of Capote’s most beloved stories, “A Thanksgiving Visitor,” and “A Christmas Memory,” which vividly detail the esteemed author’s recollections of being a small boy sent to live with Alabama relatives during the 1930’s Depression. Longtime Workshop member, Jo Anne Parady of Southport, creates the pivotal role of Capote’s elderly spinster cousin, the reclusive Miss Souk, whose cherished relationship with young Truman lies at the heart of the tale. Utilizing the theatrical conceit and inherent dramatic tension of a middle-aged narrator sharing the stage with his younger self, “Holiday Memories” features Workshop pro Katie Sparer of Stratford as 7-year-old Truman, and the versatile Mark Basile of Weston, as the older Truman. Basile and Sparer also direct the evening. Melody James of Westport and Granville Burgess of Greenwich showcase their talents playing a wide range of Capote’s colorful, funny and sometimes terrifying characters, including the Reverend J.C. Lucy, “HaHa”Jones, the girl bully, and the “meanest human creature,” Odd Henderson.
The Theatre Artists Workshop is currently located in the Old Well Masonic Lodge at 5 Gregory Blvd in East Norwalk. No reservations are required for concert readings. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain and there is ample free parking. Early arrival is recommended. For more information call 203-854-6830.
Theatre Artists Workshop was recently featured in the Connecticut Post!
Theater people live for those moments when they get to connect with a live audience.
To reach that point isn’t easy, though. Playwrights must believe their work is ready to be seen, actors need time to explore the characters they’ve been given and a director has to make sure his cast and the writer are on the same page.
For the past 33 years, the Theater Artists Workshop in Norwalk has been a place where stage people can work in private — with only their peers watching — until they’re ready for audiences and critics.
“It makes you a better everything,” Carole Schweid says of the way TAW encouraged her to branch out from acting into writing, producing and directing. “You are able to work on your craft in a place where you feel safe.”
Click HERE to read the full article
Take I-95 to Exit 16. At the end of the ramp, turn right if coming from the south (NYC), left if coming from the north (New Haven). You will be on East Avenue.
After the fourth traffic light, you’ll see a historic cemetery on the left. Go left, almost halfway around the cemetery (this is a traffic circle). Almost immediately, you’ll see a fork in the road – a bank is on your right. Bear right onto Gregory Avenue. Straight ahead is the Masonic Hall (the red brick building that houses TAW). Make an immediate left into the driveway of the theatre. Parking is in the back on the building.
WHO WE ARE
For 32 years, Theatre Artists Workshop – a collection of professional actors, writers and directors – has been meeting once a week to showcase new scripts and audition pieces, and several times a year share their talents with audiences through the acclaimed Annual Playwrights’ Festival, Holiday Show, Spring Fundraisers, and Classic Night Reading Series. The Theatre Artists Workshop is the only theatrical organization of its kind in the region.
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