Alcorn, John (Canadian playwright, 19__-____ ) and Sky Gilbert (Canadian playwright, 1952-____), “Capote at Yaddo: A Very Gay Little Musical,”
a musical comedy in English, set in Capote’s retreat ‘Yaddo,’ 1946,
© 1992 by John Alcorn and Sky Gilbert, published in Making, Out: Plays by Gay Men (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Coach House Press, 1992), edited by Robert Wallace (published with David Demchuk’s “Touch: A Play for Two,” 2m; Ken Garnhum’s “Beuys Buoys Boys: A Monologue,” 1m; and Daniel MacIvor’s, “2-2-Tango: A-Two-Man-One-Man-Show,” 2m); scripts available from Coach House Press, 50 Prince Arthur Ave., #107, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B5, Canada; production rights available from John Alcorn and Sky Gilbert, 552 Church Street #89, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2E3, Canada, home.istar.ca/~anita/. Cited by Chris Johnson via e-mail cjohns@cc.UManitoba.CA, June 29, 1995; and Sky Gilbert, April 6, 1999; Gilbert says,
§ Dramatis Personae Truman Capote (m), 20, American playwright, writer, host; Newton Arvin (m), guest, husband of Mary, lover of Howard Doughty; Howard Doughty (m), guest, lover of Newton Arvin; Mary Arvin (f), guest, wife of Newton.
§ Synopsis “Newton Arvin is staying at Truman Capote’s retreat ‘Yaddo’ with his wife Mary Arvin and his lover Howard Doughty. Enter Truman—a twenty-year-old precocious writer. The charming and conceited young Capote plays havoc with the already complex ménage by (a) sleeping with Howard, and (b) falling in love with Newton. In the end, Mary and Capote both leave the sad Newton to his own devices. And our irresistible little monster Capote skips on his merry way to fame and fortune.
§ Comment “About Truman Capote and his circle (music included).”
§ Themes art, Arvin (Newton Arvin, editor of works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longellow), biography, Capote (Truman Capote, American playwright and novelist, 1924-1984), celebrity, cruelty, despair, joy, male homosexuality, ménage, selfishness.
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