Why See The Gift?
Will Stutt's thought-provoking study on friendship
First premiering at the Walnut Street Theatre in 1998, Will Stutt's quietly contemplative play finally makes a return to the Philadelphia venue. Following a reunion of two writer friends, one world-famous, one languishing, the two artists agree to a surprising proposal, the more successful will help write a book and allow the other to put their name to it. But is this a gift, or a curse in disguise? At the time of the play's premiere, there was much speculation that the two writers in question were in fact Truman Capote offering a leg up to Harper Lee for "Mockingbird" - however Stutts has remained tightly lipped on his inspiration to this day!
The Capote-Lee friendship was in fact a true story. Two close friends in their native Alabama, both met whilst attending college in the state. Whilst Lee struggled to have her works on race relations published due to overly cautious publishers, Capote's work instantly found success. The fictional setting of their meeting years later as suggested in The Gift is by no means an attempt to take Lee's success away, but a study in how literary talent flourishes between friends.
Opening night: 21 February 2017
Suitable for ages 12+
Two hours with intermission
About Philadelphia Theater: We are an independent show guide with no affiliation to any venue or show. Some of the tickets offered for sale are resale tickets that may be priced above or below face value.
Next available performances
Sun, Feb 26
Mon, Feb 27
Tue, Feb 28
Wed, Mar 1
Thu, Mar 2
Fri, Mar 3
Sat, Mar 4
What you thought
Seen The Gift? Loved it? Hated it?
Help your fellow Philadelphia Theater visitors by leaving the first review!Write a review now
Spread the word!
Keep up to date!
Straight to your inbox
Please note: The term Walnut Street Independance Studio 3 and/or The Gift as well as all associated graphics, logos, and/or other tradermarks, tradenames or copyrights are the property of the Walnut Street Independance Studio 3 and/or The Gift and are used herein for factual descriptive purposes only. We are in no way associated with or authorized by the Walnut Street Independance Studio 3 and/or The Gift and neither that entity nor any of its affiliates have licensed or endorsed us to sell tickets, goods and or services in conjunction with their events.