Press Release: TRU at Cotuit Center for the Arts

Aug. 5, 2021 / Press Release
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John Weltman is TRU
First full Black Box Production of 2021 Opens Thursday, August 5

Press comps for reviewers available
Actor and Director available for interviews
Please contact David Kuehn directly

John Weltman and director Carol McManus bring Truman Capote to life in this one-man tour de force.

Adapted from the words and works of Truman Capote, Tru takes place in the writer's New York City apartment during the week before Christmas 1975. An excerpt from Capote's infamous novel Answered Prayers has recently been published in Esquire and the author's friends, recognizing the characters as thinly veiled versions of themselves, have turned their back on the man they once considered a close confidant. Alone and hurting, Capote soothes himself with pills, alcohol, and chocolate truffles while musing about his checkered life and career.

Written by Jay Presson Allen, who was already famous for her script writing on The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Cabaret and The Verdict. Allen wrote Tru using 70% of the script from Capote’s own words on television and in his writing. Robert Morse, who played Tru on Broadway, won a Tony for his virtuoso performance.

John Weltman Program Bio: John Weltman is delighted to be finally performing Tru after two years of preparing for the show due to Covid! John performed with the Boston Children's Theatre through high school and at Yale performing with David Hyde Pierce in HMS Pinafore, with his last performance in 1979 as Emery in Boys in the Band. His next performance was 36 years later in 2015, with Brett Baird and the recently deceased Tim Hystad In Tim and John’s first performances on the Cape Cod stage in ART in the Black Box. Since then John has performed as Albin/Zaza in the Falmouth Theater Guild’s La Cage Aux Folles and in Cotuit’ black box as Alan Turing in Breaking the Code and on the main stage as Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Most recently, aside from Cotuit’s annual Broadway Backwards revue, John appeared in now Director Tim Hystad‘s last show, Falmouth Theater Guild’s She loves Me as the head waiter insisting upon a Romantic Atmosphere. In that way John got the great joy of performing in Tim’s first and last show on the Cape. John dedicates this performance to his dear friend Tim!

Tickets are $25, with a $5 discount for members and a $2 discount for seniors and veterans. For tickets and more information, visit or call 508-428-0069. Cotuit Center for the Arts is located at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit.

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TRU in the Black Box Theater


Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28, Cotuit


August 5 - 22; Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 4pm


Tickets $25, $2 discount for seniors/veterans, $5 discount for members

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Tru Publicity Photo Mikal Schalk

John Weltman as Truman Capote in TRU - Photo by Mikal Schalk