David Alford’s A Holiday to Remember
A Holiday to Remember comes to Kentucky for it’s debut performance of a Nashville favorite with David Alford’s rendition of two classic Truman Capote short stories, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and the much loved “A Christmas Memory”. Performed with original music by Paul Carrol Binkley, and music brought to you by him and other Nashville musicians, presented in the historic TB Ripy House in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. You won’t want to miss this tradition to Nashville, only performed in Central Kentucky and the Belmont Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee this holiday season.
“The Thanksgiving Visitor”
The story centers around the character, 7-year-old Buddy, his only friend and elderly cousin Miss Sook, and the other characters from the beloved Capote short stories. They prepare their old country house for Thanksgiving, but at the same time, Buddy finds himself a target of the freckled bully, Odd Henderson. As the story unfolds, themes of love and friendship are revealed, wrapped up in the heart of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
“A Christmas Memory”
Another Capote favorite, this poignant story also follows Buddy and his favorite cousin as they complete their Christmas traditions. They make fruitcakes, trek through the woods to choose the perfect Christmas tree and fly their homemade kites on Christmas day. Unfortunately, it is their last Christmas to spend together.
ABOUT DAVID ALFORD
A native and resident of Adams, Tennessee (pop.600), David Alford is a graduate of Julliard School for Drama. He was the founder and Artistic Director of the Mockingbird Theater in Nashville, and later the Executive Artistic Director of Tennessee Repertory Theatre (now Nashville Rep). Most recently, he served as Visiting Artist-in-Residence in Theatre at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.
David appeared as Bucky Dawes in the Television series Nashville for its six seasons. Other screen credits include The Good Fight (CBS), The Blacklist (NBC), The Last Castle (DreamWorks), A Death in the Family (PBS/Masterpiece Theatre), Stoker (Warner Bros.), and the web series Local Air.
Recent stage credits include Mr. Marshall in the Broadway revivial of Little Foxes (Manhattan Theatre Club), Billy in the the workshop production of Donald Margulies’ Long Lost (Illinois Theatre), and the title role in The Columnist (Tennessee Rep). His one-man performance of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory was a holiday staple for Nashville audiences for over a decade.
David’s writing credits include two historical plays, stage adaptations, Documentary, Screenplays and independant releases. His book Living the Dream: The Morning After Drama School (with Brian Horner) is available through Kendall Hunt Publishing.
ABOUT PAUL CARROL BINKLEY
Paul Carrol Binkley has been playing the guitar and composing his own music since he was nine years old. He trained at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Austin Peay State University, and Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt. His solo recordings have received national recognition on such broadcasts as “Music from the Hearts of Space” and NPR’s “All Things Considered” and he has performed original music worldwide from the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville to the Singapore Jazz Festival. His performances and recordings span a wide range of musical styles for a diverse group of artists including Percy Sledge, The Fifth Dimension, Lorrie Morgan, Jim Nabors, Nashville Opera, Nashville Symphony, Modern Jazz Tuba Project, Cosmic Jazz Faculty, Conversation, Nexus Chamber Orchestra, Marty Raybon, Lari White, Mandy Barnett, the McCarters, and spent five years performing with the country super group Alabama.
Paul has music directed, sound designed and composed for over 25 years for theatre companies including Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Vanderbilt University Theatre (Artist in Residence, 2011-2014), Iowa Theatre Artist Company, Coterie Theatre (Kansas City), Hudson Theatre (Hollywood), and Falcon Theatre (Burbank). He also worked with Jerry Lewis and Rupert Holmes during the world premiere production of Marvin Hamlisch’s last musical, The Nutty Professor at the TN Performing Arts Center. His original musical Jack’s Tale (co-written by Scot Copeland) enjoyed its 2015 world premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to much critical acclaim.