12/04/21, Saturday: A Christmas Memory


One performance only of an in-the-round staged reading / radio play / casual theater hybrid of the quirky Prohibition-era Truman Capote story “A Christmas Memory”. John Hadden directs his adaptation of the tale along with David Stern and the Wild Goose Players and others, which will be recorded and filmed with a studio audience at Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont, on Saturday evening, December 4. Door at 7:00, show at 7:30. $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited. (Read the full press release.)


•   Suggested donation per person to the cast and crew for this show is $10 plus the transaction fee charged by Paypal (1.99% + 49 cents = 79 cents per ticket for this show) so that the performers receive the full amount.
•   A Paypal account is not required. They try to make it look like it is, but there will be a link to proceed without one.
•   All donations go to the cast and crew.
•   If you wish, you may add a tip.
•   You can change the number of per-person donations on the sales page.
•   SEATING IS LIMITED TO 40. There is also standing room. Chairs will be saved (but not assigned) for advance donors. If any chairs are still available on show day, those will be first-come first-served.
•   If our 40 chairs all get reserved, online advance donations will automatically close.
•   Advance donations will shut down at midnight the day before the show whether or not there are chairs left.
•   After completing, a “success” page should pop up and you should get an email from Paypal.
•   The name you give will be on a list at the door. All you have to do is show up. There are no physical tickets.
•   We won’t sell your info to anybody. We won’t even add you to our secret email newsletter coterie unless you ask.
•   Questions? Drop us a line at stage33@stage33live.com or text/voicemail 802-289-0148.

All individuals are required to wear a mask at our events except when eating or drinking, and maintain a six-foot social distance from people not in their party. Performers are not required to be masked while performing; seating will be a minimum of eight feet from the stage. If you wish to make a custom seating pod for your party, arrive early and we’ll help you do it. (Our chairs are movable and configurable.) People who have already arrived and have arranged their seating will not be expected to move. This policy may change without notice. Some events may have tighter restrictions by the performer’s or presenter’s request.

A Fun and Unusual Staging of Capote’s Quirky Tale, “A Christmas Memory”

BELLOWS FALLS — “A Christmas Memory” is a story by Truman Capote set in his early childhood, when he was forced to live with distant cousins, none of whom paid any attention to him, with one exception… a much older cousin. She was also an outsider in the family, a bit strange, and the two of them became fast friends.

The story takes place at Christmastime when they made little fruitcakes for people they liked, including one for the President. The story climaxes when they go with great trepidation to visit Mr. Haha Jones, who is the only person who can supply them with the whiskey they need for the fruitcakes, because it’s Prohibition.

This version is performed by a chorus that supplies narration, sounds, musical interludes, and character voices. A wild time is expected for all, along with a plentiful dose of Christmas spirit.

John Hadden directs his adaptation of this tale along with David Stern and the Wild Goose Players. The cast includes both John and David, as well as Libby McCawley, Jan and Mike Sheehy, Riley Goodemote, Ibby Hopkins, Susan Still, and Morganna Ekkens. Lighting design by Ira Wilner.

This in-the-round hybrid of a staged reading, radio play, and casual theater will be recorded and filmed at Stage 33 Live in Bellows Falls, Vermont, in front of a live studio audience for one performance only on Saturday evening, December 4. Door opens at 7:00, show starts at 7:30.

SEATING IS LIMITED. Suggested per-person $10+ donation for the cast and crew. Advance donations double as a chair reservation in the studio audience, and can be made online through the www.stage33live.com website. Masks are required — note that the cast will not be masked in case this factors into your decision-making.

Stage 33 Live is an industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory hosting local, regional, and national performers in an intimate setting. No bar or kitchen, the stage is the mission; snacks by donation. More info about the nonprofit, all-volunteer project, and this and other other upcoming events, online at stage33live.com

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