Broadway's Dividing the Estate Will Play Hartford Stage in Spring

News   Broadway's Dividing the Estate Will Play Hartford Stage in Spring The recently closed Broadway production of Horton Foote's Dividing the Estate will travel to Hartford Stage to conclude the company's 45th anniversary season in May.
Dividing the Estate stars Gerald McRaney and Penny Fuller
Dividing the Estate stars Gerald McRaney and Penny Fuller Photo by Joan Marcus

Hartford Stage artistic director Michael Wilson directed the Broadway engagement which was co-produced by Lincoln Center Theater and Primary Stages. Dividing the Estate played an Off-Broadway run at Primary Stages in 2007 prior to arriving on Broadway Oct. 23, 2008 for a limited engagement at the Booth Theatre through Jan. 4, 2009.

As previously reported by Playbill.com, the troupe of actors featured in the Texas-set dramatic comedy for the Off-Broadway and Broadway stagings will reunite for the Hartford Stage production that runs May 28-July 5. Dividing the Estate replace the previously announced Gee's Bend, which has been postponed to the 2009-2010 season at Hartford Stage.

The only cast member not making the trek to Hartford will be Elizabeth Ashley, who will join the cast of Broadway's August: Osage County in February. Hartford casting for Ashley's replacement will be announced shortly.

Wilson again directs a cast including Arthur French, Hallie Foote, Penny Fuller, Gerald McRaney, Devon Abner, Pat Bowie, James DeMarse, Virginia Kull, Maggie Lacey, Nicole Lowrance, Jenny Dare Paulin and Keiana Richard.

"I am honored to welcome Horton Foote back to Hartford Stage, a theatre he has called home for the last decade," Wilson said in a statement. "And I am thrilled that Connecticut audiences will be able to see this distinguished company in this very timely, funny, and deeply moving play. Many thanks to Lincoln Center Theater and Primary Stages for allowing us to transfer the production from Broadway to Hartford. Hartford Stage is an artistic home for Horton and several of the company members of Dividing the Estate, and this ongoing collaboration adds additional meaning to the layers of family dynamics that Horton explores with such artistry in his play." Described as "a human comedy about a family that must confront its past as it prepares for its future," the Off-Broadway engagement of Dividing the Estate garnered a 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and an Obie for Playwriting for Foote.

Dividing the Estate features sets by Jeff Cowie, costumes by David C. Woolard, lighting by Rui Rita and original music and sound by John Gromada.

A Pulitzer Prize winner for The Young Man from Atlanta, Foote reunited with Lincoln Center and director Michael Wilson, following the staging of The Carpetbagger's Children at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in 2002. His other works include The Trip to Bountiful, The Traveling Lady, The Chase, The Last of the Thorntons and Talking Pictures, among others.

For tickets to the Hartford engagement visit www.hartfordstage.org.

The Broadway cast of <i>Dividing the Estate</i>.
The Broadway cast of Dividing the Estate. Photo by Joan Marcus