Capote’s ‘Thanksgiving Visitor’ virtual reading slated Nov. 21

Lewes Public Library Shakespeare Festival to sponsor event
November 14, 2020

The Lewes Public Library Shakespeare Festival presents Suzanne Savoy and Jack Herholdt in a live, virtual reading of “The Thanksgiving Visitor” by Truman Capote, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21.

Nine-year-old Buddy has a problem. Every day, he gets stopped on the way to school by Odd Henderson, who calls Buddy a sissy, pins him to the ground and rubs burrs into his head. Miss Sook, Buddy’s older cousin and best friend, invites Odd to her big Thanksgiving dinner, where important lessons await both Odd and Buddy.

“The Thanksgiving Visitor” was first published in McCall’s Magazine in 1967, and is a companion piece to “A Christmas Memory,” performed at the library in 2019 by New York-based actors Suzanne Savoy and Jack Herholdt. They return this year to share their remarkable gifts of storytelling just in time for the holiday season.

Savoy and Herholdt are familiar presences on the stage in New York City and in television, film and video. Savoy appeared regularly in Cinemax’s The Knick and in AMC’s Better Call Saul. She also tours nationally in her one-woman original show Je Christine. Herholdt was in the award-winning video series Celebrity Ghost Stories and in the television series It’s Quarantine with Vanessa Charbonne. Both Savoy and Herholdt hail originally from Delaware.

The Lewes Public Library Shakespeare Festival has provided a platform for the celebration of the spoken word since its inception in 2016, bringing free lectures, demonstrations, workshops, recitals, concerts and performances to the area. Beginning this year, programming has outgrown the week-long festival proper and now includes public professional and amateur performances of live theatre, reader’s theatre, poetic and musical artistry, and lectures throughout the year.

This and other online events are offered through Zoom and are free to the public. Registration is required to receive information on how to join this meeting.

To register, go to and visit the Virtual Programs for Adults page. For assistance, email


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