The festival will celebrate the work of the late playwright, who was a Texas native, beginning on the anniversary of his birth, March 14, 2011, through May 1, 2011.
Participating groups include the Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Circle Theater, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Dallas Film Society, Dallas Museum of Art's Arts & Letters Live, Kitchen Dog Theater, Stage West, Southern Methodist University DeGolyer Library, Theatre Three, Uptown Players, WaterTower Theater, the WingSpan Theatre Company and One Thirty Productions.
The Booker T. Washington High School will present the one-act plays Courtship, The Young Lady of Property and The Dancers; René Moreno will stage The Trip to Bountiful at the Contemporary Theatre of Dallas; the Rotunda Theater at First United Methodist Church will offer the one-acts The Old Beginning and John Turner Davis; the Flower Mound Performing Arts Theater will present readings of A Nightingale, The Dancers and The Land of the Astronauts.
Karen Parrish, Jonathan Taylor and Christina Vela will direct the one-acts Blind Date, The Man Who Climbed Pecan Trees and One Armed Man for the Kitchen Dog Theater; Stage West will present Talking Pictures; Theatre Three will offer the trio of one-acts The Roads to Home staged by Terry Dobson; Uptown Players will stage The Young Man from Atlanta; the WaterTower Theatre will be represented with The Traveling Lady; and WingSpan Theatre Company and One Thirty Productions will unite for a two-day staged reading of The Carpet Bagger's Children, staged by Susan Sargeant.
As previously reported, the Dallas Theater Center will produce Foote's final Broadway play Dividing the Estate March 11-April 9, 2011, under the direction of Joe Ferrell. Additional programming will include a screening of Foote's "Possible Dates" by the Dallas Film Society as part of the Dallas International Film Festival. Foote's daughter, Tony Award-nominated actress Hallie Foote, will join Wilborn Hampton, Tess Harper ("Tender Mercies") and DTC artistic director Kevin Moriarty for the Dallas Museum of Art's "Horton Foote: Memories, Readings & Recollections."
Southern Methodist University DeGolyer Library will present the exhibit "Life and Work of Horton Foote," which includes extensive personal papers (spanning six decades of Foote's career), as well as his Oscar-winning screenplays for "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Tender Mercies," and a manuscript of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Young Man from Atlanta. Also showcased will be photographs, letters, programs, posters, and other documents and memorabilia.
A Pulitzer Prize winner for The Young Man from Atlanta, Foote's plays include Dividing the Estate (2009 Tony nomination for Best Play), The Carpetbagger's Children, The Trip to Bountiful, The Traveling Lady, The Chase, The Last of the Thorntons and Talking Pictures, among others. The 92-year-old Foote had been in Hartford, CT, where he was putting the finishing touches on Orphans' Home Cycle, when he died March 2009. The Orphans' Home Cycle premiered at Hartford Stage prior to its Off-Broadway arrival in the fall of 2009.