Play about Truman Capote, Harper Lee to premiere in Alabama

Play about Truman Capote, Harper Lee to premiere in Alabama
Harper Lee smiles during a 2007 ceremony honoring new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor in the State Capitol at Montgomery, AL.

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A new play about the relationship between Alabama authors Truman Capote and Harper Lee will have its debut performances in their hometown of Monroeville.

"Truman Talks Nelle Harper Lee" is set to premiere at the old Monroe County courthouse on Sept. 27. It runs through Sept. 29.

The play was written and is performed by Broadway actor Joel Vig, who was in the original Broadway production of "Hairspray."

Capote and Lee grew up together in Monroeville and remained friends throughout much of their lives as writers. The play is about a fictional surprise birthday party for Lee.

Performing as Capote, Vig tells stories about Lee and his relationship with her.

Lee helped Capote research his best-known work, “In Cold Blood,” and authored the landmark novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”