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Michael Mayer to Direct Warhol Capote

Director Rob Roth has unearthed tapes that feature wide-ranging conversations between the two artists.

Michael Mayer will direct the new play Warhol Capote.
Michael Mayer will direct the new play Warhol Capote.

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Tony Award winner Michael Mayer is set to direct Warhol Capote, a new play inspired by recorded conversations between the artists Truman Capote and Andy Warhol. With the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Truman Capote Literary Trust, Award-winning director Rob Roth — who discovered the recordings in the late 2000's — will unveil the content of the tapes in the world premiere of Warhol Capote. Performances will begin in September at the American Repertory Theater.

In the late 1970's, Capote and Andy Warhol decided to create a Broadway play together. Over the course of the next several months, they would sit down to record a series of intimate, wide-ranging conversations. The play never came to be, and the hours and hours of tape were lost to the ages.

Mayer was most recently represented on Broadway with his Tony-nominated production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In 2007, he won the Tony for Spring Awakening and in 2010, he recieved a Drama Desk for American Idiot.