New Rep Presents Truman Capote's HOLIDAY MEMORIES, 12/9-23


New Repertory Theatre announces Truman Capote's heart-warming stories, HOLIDAY MEMORIES, December 9 through 23, 2012, performing in the Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. Tickets range from $28-58 and may be purchased by calling 617.923.8487 or by visiting The press performance is Monday, December 10, at 7:30pm.

"We're delighted to present HOLIDAY MEMORIES this season," says Managing Director Harriet Sheets, "not only as an alternative to the usual holiday fare, but especially due to the quality of the Capote stories that make up the play: The Thanksgiving Visitor and A Christmas Memory."

"The play," says Artistic Director, Jim Potosa, "celebrates the impact of theatre when viewed together by families of all kinds. In it we create and share each of our holiday rituals, the impact of our friendships, and the joy of giving to each other. All of it wrapped up in the excellence of Capote's powerful and imagistic writing and its evocations of the rural South that was home to his boyhood."

The HOLDIAY MEMORIES cast features Adrianne Krstansky (as Miss Sook), Marc Carver (as Truman), Michael John Ciszewski (as Buddy), Jesse Hinson (as Man), and Elizabeth Anne Rimar (as Woman).

This heartfelt drama combines Truman Capote's short stories "The Thanksgiving Visitor" and "A Christmas Memory." Based on his childhood in mid-Depression, deep south of Alabama country life, Capote finds poetry in the everyday activities leading up to Christmas. Eight-year-old Buddy and his older eccentric cousin Miss Sook embark on their annual pre-holiday rituals of making handmade ornaments, baking treats, and searching for the perfect Christmas tree. Called "an evening of fond reminiscences" by The Chicago Tribune, these American tales reveal tender moments of friendship, fruitcakes, and the joy of giving.

New Repertory Theatre produces plays that speak powerfully to the essential ideas of our time. Through the passion and electricity of live theater performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Rep expands and challenges the human spirit of both artists and audience. New Rep presents world premieres, contemporary and classic works in several intimate settings. We are committed to education and outreach, including special dedication to the creation of innovative in-school programming and providing access to underserved audiences. New Rep is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.


Adrianne Krstansky (Miss Sook) returns to New Repertory Theatre after acting in Three Viewings, Afterlife: A Ghost Story, 2.5 Minute Ride, and Frozen and directing Thom Pain(based on nothing). Boston area credits include Round and Round the Garden (Gloucester Stage Company); Body Awareness and Snakebit (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company) Paradise Lost, Britannicus, and Ubu Rock (American Repertory Theater); November (Lyric Stage Company); Gary (Boston Playwrights Theater); Bug (Boston Theater Works); and Superior Donuts and Anton in Show Business (New Century Theater); among others. Off-Broadway credits include 365 Days/365 Plays (The Public Theater). Film credits include The Company Men. She earned her MFA from the University of California, San Diego and currently teaches theatre at Brandeis University. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Krstansky lives in Newtonville and will appear next in Legally Dead, a new play by Dan Hunter at Boston Playwrights Theater.

Marc Carver (Truman) returns to New Repertory Theatre after previously performing in Bill W. and Dr. Bob and Jack and Jill (IRNE Award Nomination, Best Actor). Regionally he has performed at Trinity Repertory Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Gloucester Stage Company, and North Shore Music Theatre. He has also performed at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Vineyard Playhouse, and Vermont Stage Company. In New York he appeared in the world premiere of The Bilbao Effect and Bill W. and Dr. Bob (New World Stages). His recent film and television work includes The Makeover (Hallmark Channel) and The Gilded Lilys (ABC-TV). Mr. Carver studied at Brown University, Boston University, and Trinity Rep Conservatory. Originally from New Hampshire, he resides in Rhode Island.

Michael John Ciszewski (Buddy) makes his New Repertory Theatre and Boston-area debut. Other credits include 42nd Street (New York Metropolitan Theatre Award, Best Actor), Ghetto, and An Absolute Turkey (Bergen County Academies). In New York, he performed in The New York Downtown Clown Revue (Dixon Place) and Junie B. Jones: The Musical (Theatreworks USA). Mr. Ciszewski is currently a sophomore earning his BFA in Theatre Arts from the Boston University School of Theatre. Originally from Little Ferry, NJ, he resides in Brookline.

Jesse Hinson (Man) makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Area credits include Twelfth Night and Antony and Cleopatra (Actors' Shakespeare Project) and The Puppetmaster of Lodz, Moonchildren, Macbeth, The Einstein Project, and A Christmas Carol (Berkshire Theatre Group). Mr. Hinson earned his BA at Oglethorpe University and his MFA at Brandeis University where he currently teaches the Suzuki method of actor training. Originally from Atlanta, he resides in Cambridge and will appear in Pericles with Actors' Shakespeare Project in the spring.

Elizabeth Anne Rimar (Woman) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut, after performing in New Rep On Tour productions of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Macbeth. Area credits include The T Plays and Monster Tales (Mill 6 Collaborative); Dogg's Hamlet/Cahoot's Macbeth, The Europeans, and The Bacchae (Whistler in the Dark); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Summer Festival Theatre); The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (The Lyric Stage Company); and The Emancipation of Mandy and Miz Ellie, The Superherione Monologues, ARTiculation, and Assassins (Company One). Voiceover credits include Bioshock Infinite and Liberty Mutual. Miss Rimar earned her BFA at Boston University and also studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and Shakespeare and Company. Originally from Connecticut, she lives in Cambridge and will perform in Pericles this spring (Actor's Shakespeare Project).

Michael Hammond (Director) is an actor, director, playwright, and teacher. He was a member of Shakespeare & Company for many years, last serving there as associate artistic director, and has appeared as an actor on Broadway, and at various regional theaters, including the Huntington Theatre Company, and New Repertory Theatre. Directing credits include Antony and Cleopatra, A Tanglewood Tale, and The Vienna Project (Shakespeare & Company) and A Girl's War and Scenes from a Bordello at (Boston Playwrights' Theatre). Mr. Hammond has taught at Emerson College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is currently an instructor in the School of Theatre at Boston University. Originally from Iowa, he resides in Boston.

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