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Kerry Giorgi on Capturing Capote's Holly Golightly

by Joe Siegel
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Jul 17, 2017

Kerry Giorgi is playing the role of Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," 2nd Story Theater's production based on the classic Truman Capote novel, which runs through July 23.

One of Capote's best known works, the novella was adapted for the stage by Richard Greenberg in 2013. The narrator, Fred, takes audiences around the streets of New York in the 1940s. Intrigued by his new neighbor, Holly, he is pulled deep into her enchanting, carefree world of adventure.

The cast includes Matthew Gorgone, Jason Quinn, Hannah Lum, Jennifer Michaels, Justin Pimental, Nick Doig, Cardryell Truss, and F. William Oakes.

Giorgi told EDGE Holly is a "complex interesting character" to play.
"She has no inhibitions and is a free spirit," Giorgi noted.

Giorgi has tremendous affection for the classic 1961 movie which starred Audrey Hepburn as Holly.

"That first image of her is so iconic," Giorgi said. "You just want to be her when you see her."

Giorgi did not set out to become an entertainer, although she did some dancing and singing while growing up in Barrington.

Giorgi attended Rhode Island College, where she majored in psychology.

Giorgi has appeared in several productions at Epic Theatre Company, including "Stop Kiss," "Compleat Female Stage Beauty," "American Strippers," and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," where she played Maggie. She also starred in "The Best of Everything" at 2nd Story.

"I just love how freeing it is to be different characters," Giorgi said. "I really love the different reactions that come from an audience. I like a range of roles and the opportunity to play all different people."

Giorgi has reunited with director Kevin Broccoli for "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

"We have a very good relationship," Giorgi said. "We're able to collaborate well and be honest with each other. I trust him completely."

Working at 2nd Story has been a rewarding experience, according to Giorgi: "It's a really great atmosphere, very comfortable and warm."

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" takes audiences on a journey back in time by using phrases in the language which aren't used much anymore, Giorgi added: "I think what we're doing is just beautiful, beautiful to see."

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" runs through July 23. 2nd Story Theater. 28 Market St., Warren, RI www.2ndstorytheatre.com 401-247-4200.

Joe Siegel has written for a number of other GLBT publications, including In newsweekly and Options.


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