A new play, adapted by award-winning director Rob Roth, weaves together four conversations from themes explored by Warhol and Capote in audio tapes recorded over forty years ago.
Andy Warhol recorded most of life with his trusty Sony Walkman, which he oftentimes referred to as “his wife.” After his death, there were over 3,000 audio tapes — six of these tapes were between Warhol and Truman Capote, the acclaimed American author, screenwriter, playwright and actor. Warhol, who famously had a longstanding fascination with Capote, was working on a Broadway play with Capote in the late 1970s.
These tapes went unnoticed until Rob Roth, an award-winning director and self-proclaimed Warhol aficionado, reread “The Andy Warhol Diaries” and spotted several references of the tapes. One of Warhol’s entries stood out in particular: “Went to Truman’s apartment. Got six good tapes for the play.”
After locating the tapes and getting approval from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Roth painstakingly sorted through over 80 hours of recordings and produced 8,000 pages of transcript.
The play is directed by Tony Award winner Michael Meyer, and is being written and staged with the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts and the Truman Capote Literary Trust. “WarholCapote,” starring “Angels in America” Tony winner Stephen Spinella as Warhol and “Frasier” actor Dan Butler as Capote, runs through Oct. 13.
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