A Return to TRU
Arts Eclectic: TRU
Twelve years ago, Jaston Williams took on the role of Truman Capote in the one-person play TRU. To inhabit the legendary writer, Williams immersed himself in Capote lore until he had a greater understanding of the man. Now, he’s undertaking the demanding role again, this time with a few more years under his belt. The added life experience has changed his take on Capote a bit, Williams says. Resisting years of comedy training (Williams is best known as one half the population of Tuna, Texas in the always funny Tuna plays), he found that this time around, he didn’t always go for the joke, instead finding a bit of pathos and humanity where once he found humor.
Of course, there’s still plenty of humor to found in TRU — it’s the story of one very funny man being portrayed by another very funny man, after all. But this time around, Williams feels that his age and experience has enabled him to make a deeper connection with Capote.
Through March 10
Whisenhunt Stage, Zach Scott Theatre