Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to Open on Broadway This Season
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT OF
A WORLD PREMIERE ON BROADWAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
T R U M A N C A P O T E ’ S “ B R E A K F A S T A T T I F F A N Y ’ S ”
THE ALL NEW STAGE ADAPTATION BY
TO OPEN ON BROADWAY THIS SEASON
AS ‘HOLLY GOLIGHTLY’
WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION
DIRECTED BY SEAN MATHIAS
BEGINS PERFORMANCES IN FEBRUARY 2013
AT A SHUBERT THEATER
New York, NY (October 10, 2012) – The world premiere of Tony® Award winning playwright Richard Greenberg’s new play, Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, will begin performances at a Shubert theater on Broadway in February 2013. This stage adaption of Capote’s classic novella will star Emilia Clarke (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) in the iconic role of ‘Holly Golightly’ and will be directed by Sean Mathias.
“The goal of this version is to return to the original setting of the novella, which is the New York of the Second World War, as well as to resume its tone—still stylish and romantic, yes, but rougher—edged and more candid than people generally remember,” Richard Greenberg explained. “Capote was a great writer and a natural maker of plots and Breakfast at Tiffany's has a drive that makes it very alluring to dramatize.”
Based on Truman Capote’s most beloved masterwork, Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s is set in New York City in 1943. ‘Fred’, a young writer from Louisiana, meets Holly Golightly (Clarke), a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly – including Fred. But Fred is poor, and Holly’s other suitors include a playboy millionaire and the future president of Brazil. As war rages on in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with Fred – just as her past catches up with her.
Alan U. Schwartz of The Truman Capote Literary Trust said: “I am delighted New York audiences will be the first to see this new adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. That story continues to inspire artists and capture imaginations all these years later speaks to the timeless quality of Mr. Capote’s unforgettable prose. Mr. Greenberg has beautifully translated everything that is glorious about this story and its characters to the stage.”
The creative team for Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s includes three-time Academy Award-winner Colleen Atwood (Costume Design) and Tony® Award-winner Derek McLane (Scenic Design).
Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s is being produced on Broadway by Colin Ingram Productions Limited, Donovan Mannato and Dominic Ianno.
Emilia Clarke is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.
Additional information, including the complete cast and creative team, will be announced shortly.
Richard Greenberg (Playwright) is the author of Take Me Out (Tony® Award for Best Play; Drama Desk Award; NY Drama Critics Circle Award; Outer Critics Circle Award; Lucille Lortel Award), which received an acclaimed production on Broadway after successful runs at The Donmar on London’s West End and The Public Theater in New York City. Other works include The House in Town, The Violet Hour, The Dazzle (Outer Critics Circle Award: John Gassner, Lucille Lortel nominations), Everett Beekin, Three Days of Rain (L.A. Drama Critics Award; Pulitzer finalist; Olivier, Drama Desk, Hull-Warriner nominations; Broadway revival starring Julia Roberts), Hurrah At Last, Night and Her Stars, The American Plan, Life Under Water, and The Author's Voice, among many other plays. His adaptation of Strindberg's Dance of Death was seen on Broadway starring Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, and David Straithairn. He is writing the book for a musical version of Todd Haynes’s film Far From Heaven and has adapted Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the stage. Mr. Greenberg received the Oppenheimer Award for a new playwright as well as the first PEN/Laura Pels Award for a playwright in mid-career. He is an associate artist at South Coast Repertory and a member of Ensemble Studio Theater.
Emilia Clarke (Holly Golightly) was born in London and grew up in the Berkshire countryside. After attending school in Oxford, Emilia studied drama at the prestigious Drama Centre School in London. Roles played whilst at Drama Centre included Rosencrantz in Hamlet; Anna in The Government Inspector; Raymonde in A Flea In Her Ear; Besse in Awake and Sing; Orsina in Emilia Galotti; Isabelle in The Changeling and Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. In addition she played Beate in Sense for The Company Of Angels Theatre. After graduating from Drama Centre Emilia began her career with a guest-leading role in the BBC series “Doctors” and a co-leading role in the US Independent feature “Triassic Attack.” She then landed the principle role of Danaerys in the hugely successful HBO series “Game of Thrones,” winning critical acclaim and a vast fan base. Most recently Emilia starred in the feature film Spike Island, is currently filming the third season of “Game of Thrones” and will soon begin filming UK feature Dom Hemingway opposite Jude law and Richard E. Grant.
Sean Mathias (Director). Mathias’s productions have received global acclaim from Northern Ireland to New Zealand. They have visited many international cities including Paris, Sydney, Cape Town, Los Angeles, New York and London and have played on various stages including the Royal National Theatre, the Music Centre Los Angeles, the Kennedy Centre Washington DC, the Sydney Opera House, the Market Theatre Johannesburg, the Oliver Tambo Hall in the township of Khayelitsha, South Africa as well as the London Fringe, the West End and Broadway. He has directed classic plays by Anhouilh, Beckett, Chekhov, Cocteau, Coward, De Filippo, Ibsen, Shakespeare, Sophocles, Strindberg and Williams as well as works by contemporary writers Samuel Adamson, Pam Gems, Richard Greenberg, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Edna O’Brien, Bernard Pomerance, Martin Sherman and Stephen Sondheim. He has won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, a Prix de la Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival, a Critics’ Circle Award and an Evening Standard Award as well as nominations for the Olivier and Tony® Awards. He was Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket for 2009/2010 where his legendary production of Waiting For Godot starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart smashed all box office records and the debut production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s enjoyed a sensational run. He is the author of the plays Cowardice, Infidelities, A Prayer For Wings, Poor Nanny, Swansea Boys and of the screenplay The Lost Language of Cranes. He directed the movie Bent.