Boston University News Release

18th November, 2003

Boston University Presents Truman Capote's Holiday Memories -- A New Holiday Experience For The Whole Family

(Boston, Mass.)— The Boston University Professional Theatre Initiative, in association with the Huntington Theatre Company, presents Truman Capote’s sweet and wonderful look at the holiday season, Holiday Memories, in its Boston premiere. Performances begin in Studio 210 in the Boston University Theatre on November 18 and run through December 21.

Theatregoers of all ages can experience the joy of the holiday season with the funny and poignant stories of young Buddy and his beloved old-maid Aunt Sook. Holiday Memories, a popular adaptation by Russell Vandenbroucke of Capote’s memoir novellas, The Thanksgiving Visitor and A Christmas Memory, captures Capote’s adventures as a boy growing up in an eccentric Southern household.

“Through the new Boston University Professional Theatre Initiative, our goal is to create projects that combine the work of talented students and recent alumni with seasoned professionals,” said Jim Petosa, Director of the B.U. School of Theatre Arts, and director of Holiday Memories. “The Huntington Theatre Company is the flagship theatre in a network of professional theatres with diverse missions, that has been created to bring about this unique educational and artistic program.”

“We’re delighted to join forces with our colleagues at Boston University to offer the Boston community a new option for holiday family entertainment,” said Nicholas Martin, Huntington Artistic Director. “The Huntington has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with B.U. in the past, and this is a great way to broaden our collaborative opportunities.”

Artistic Team

Helen-Jean Arthur, who will play Aunt Sook, has performed in A Road to Mecca, Therese Raquin and The Glass Menagerie at the Olney Theatre Center outside of Washington, DC. Ms. Arthur has also appeared in dozens of Broadway and off-Broadway plays; most recently the New York premiere of A Lie of the Mind and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It all to You. Among her many regional credits are Juno and the Paycock at Arena Stage; Foxfire at the Guthrie Theatre; and A Delicate Balance at Virginia Stage.

Chris Conner, a sophomore acting major at Boston University’s School of Theatre Arts, will play Buddy. While this is his first full production, his other performances include an original adaptation of Close Range: Wyoming Stories and For Giggles.

Holiday Memories director Jim Petosa is artistic and educational leader of the B.U. School of Theatre Arts, as well as artistic director of the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts outside Washington, D.C. One of two state theatres of Maryland, the Olney is an award-winning regional theatre company that incorporates two additional companies: The National Players, a touring company, and the Potomac Theatre Project, which presents new works focusing on political issues. Mr. Petosa has directed 35 plays in the past five years, including The Laramie Project, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well…, winner of a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical Production, and Look! We Have Come Through!, which received a nomination for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play. Boston audiences are familiar with his work as director of the BU School of Theatre Arts mainstage play Amadeus (December 2002) and the BU Opera Institute production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (February 2003). Mr. Petosa most recently directed Peter Brook’s La Tragedie de Carmen as part of the College of Fine Arts 2003 Fall Fringe Festival; this production will be presented in the Olney Theatre Center in February 2004, as the next initiative of the B.U. Professional Theatre Initiative.

Ticket Information
Evening and matinee performances of Holiday Memories will be held in Studio 210 at the Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston.
Tickets are $20 general admission; $15 Boston University community, Huntington Theatre Company subscribers and seniors; $10 students with valid i.d. On sale now at the Boston University Theatre Box Office, 617/266-0800.

Boston University College of Fine Arts is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering a liberal arts curriculum along with professional training in Music, Theatre Arts, and

Visual Arts to 1000 graduate and undergraduate students. Education at the College of Fine Arts begins at Boston University and extends into the city of Boston, a center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

The Boston University Professional Theatre Initiative, created under the auspices of the Boston University College of Fine Arts, seeks to provide opportunities for stimulating creative interactions between participating theatres and B.U. students. The initiative’s plans include creating models and producing relationships that deepen the educational experience, providing a special path for professional experimentation, and creating new possibilities for the creation of new plays for the theatre. The professional partners in this endeavor include the Huntington Theatre Company, the Boston Playwrights Theatre, the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts in metropolitan Washington, D.C., the National Players Touring Company, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Nicholas Martin and Managing Director Michael Maso, Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre. In residence at Boston University throughout its 22-year history, the Huntington has produced a dazzling array of classic and contemporary plays and musicals for a growing audience of 175,000, including 16,500 subscribers. The Huntington has announced its ambitious agenda for artistic and organizational expansion, including plans to commission, develop, and produce new American plays. Plans include the building of two new performance spaces in collaboration with the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA), the first new theatres to be built in Boston in more than 75 years. The Huntington will focus its new play development at the new Theatre Pavilion, while continuing to perform primarily at its home base, the 890-seat Boston University Theatre on Huntington Avenue.

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